Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
My Rating: ★★★★★
I can’t believe that I am JUST getting to this review. It’s been 3 days since I’ve started writing it, and about 5 or 6 since I’ve finished the book. Which I guess isn’t to long. Oh well.
My book club read this book in May, before I joined, and that’s how I heard about it and it seemed interesting then. And I just got around to reading it. And let me tell you. I am SO glad I actually did read it. Not including the time I had to sleep, I finished this book in less then 10 hours. That’s how much I enjoyed this book. Even thinking about the book I’m still like “Wow… It just didn’t turn out how I had been thinking.”
To begin with the book is mostly comprised of “flashbacks” and snippets of interviews about what happened on the Trivia Night. We know that someone is murdered, we don’t know who. We are introduced to Madeline, Jane and Celeste and they are the 3 main points of view. I really enjoyed what each character had to bring to the story, big or small. No body was a insignificant character and I think that’s what made me love it even more. Even the children had their own parts to play.
As the book goes on your learn more about everyone. Why Madeline hates her ex-husbands new wife, what is going on with Celeste and her husband, who Ziggy’s, Jane’s son, father is and what he did. You see the friendships forming between the three of them, and the fighting between the other kindergarten mothers because of what Ziggy was accused of doing.
When you get to the night of the Trivia Night it reads really fast, like you were there in that room. There are things that are revealed that make you stare at the book for a good minute. Like “I did NOT see that coming at all.” And when we find out who dies….I literally covered my mouth and was like “Holy crap. Oh my god. Are you kidding me? No.”
The book concludes a year after the events of that night, and seeing how everyone is doing is great. Seeing them grow from what had happened was amazing.