Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
I’m going to confess, I’ve had this in my library for the past two years. I bought this book in early 2015 and it’s been sitting on my kindle ever since. I once tried to read it, I got to like page two before I put it down. There was just no interest in reading it. Every now and then, I’d glance at it, think I should read it and then go about my merry way.
And now, I’m kicking myself. A few months ago, I went to a used bookstore. The lady there recommended three other books by the same author. I decided to give them a try and during a long stretch where my internet wasn’t working, I decided to give BLL a try. I finished it and I loved it. So much that I immediately went back and started rereading the book.
But let’s jump in.
Like most of her books, it’s set in Australia. It follows three sets of moms, all who had children who are starting kindergarten. Jane is a single mom with her only child Ziggy, who’s new to the area and school. Madeline is a veteran mom on her second marriage, her youngest daughter Chloe is starting school. She’s struggling with her older daughter and ex-husband from her first marriage. And finally, Celeste is the mother of twin boys, both in the same class as Ziggy and Chloe.
The problems start when on the first day of school, Ziggy is accused of biting another little girl’s arm. He of course says he didn’t, but the bike marks says he did. Battle lines are drawn and poor Jane and Ziggy are in for some rough times.
It does not sound like much, but this is a great book. It’s well written, the characters are incredible. I especially like the relationship between Madeline and Abigail, her older daughter. It’s real and painful. They deal with real issues, the mommy cliques, bullying and friendships. I don’t even have kids of my own, but I was fascinated by how mothers and this blended family is portrayed.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything bad to say about this book. The twists and turns are great, the characters are great. I loved every moment of it. This is not just a chick-flick book, it’s quite good and well worth reading.
You might have heard that it’s been turned into a series by HBO. I have not seen it yet, but I assume that it’s good. HBO always does quality work.
I would love to say more about this, but there’s not a lot I can say without spoiling. Go give this a read.
Have you read it? What do you think?