01 Mar / Review of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This was a nice, funny, and surprising read.
I’ve never read Liane Moriarty before, and was delighted to find that she’s an Australian author (about three seconds into the Audible version) and the story was set very close to where we holiday each year.
It’s a woman’s fiction/murder mystery which not only doesn’t let you know whodunnit but doesn’t let you know whoitwasdunto either.
The main story is set around Jane – a young mother – and her entry into a close-knit neighbourhood just as her son is starting preschool, and it grows from the details of the interactions she and her son have with their new community.
Two other women share the limelight – Celeste and Madeline – as they enter into a tight friendship of three. Gradually it becomes clear that although all of Madeline’s skeletons are rattling around merrily in full view, Jane and Celeste hold their big little lies a lot tighter to their chests.
There’s a rather wonderful effect at the ends of segments where a selection of interviewees have small snippets about incidents that have occurred throughout the story. As in real life, no one’s story tallies up in the slightest with anyone else’s, and it lends lovely light refreshing intervals to a novel which in time deals with some very unlovely subjects.
A very easy and enjoyable read, and one that made me immediately purchase another of Liane Moriarty’s books for my Kindle to-be-read list.