Two years ago, I heard about this book called, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I kept hearing about it and started to worry that if I read it, it wasn’t going to live up to it’s hype and almost didn’t read it, but I finally did.  I read it and I loved it.  I mentally added Miss Moriarty to my list of authors that I would definitely read again.  I can’t believe it’s taken me two years to pick up another one of her books, but again, I am so glad I did.

Book Synopsis:  Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is the someone is dead.  But who did what?

 Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with.  She’s funny, biting, and 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 twins?  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 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.

OMG!!  This book was so frustrating though not in a bad way.  You start out the book knowing that someone has been killed at a school trivia night, but you don’t know who died or who did it.  The main story explains how everything came to a head at the trivia night and at the end of each chapter, there are snippets of police interviews of the parents who attended the event in which there are little hints about who could possibly be dead or who the murderer is.  The three main characters are very interesting each in her own way and by the end of the book, you can’t help but love them all and you are left hoping that it’s not one of them who dies.  I got so frustrated trying to figure it out without skipping ahead and  finding out, but I maintained my self-control and read the book page-by-page.  By the end, I had hopes for who was going to die (is that terrible?), but I had no clue who was going to do it.  The ending was so tense, I couldn’t read it fast enough.  What a wild ride, but sooooooooo worth it!  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

 

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