This is the second book I’ve read from Diane Moriarty. The first book I read from her was The Husband’s Secret. I enjoyed reading that one that I had expectations from this book.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. And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her.
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. – Goodreads
I had a hard time not reading this book. No matter where I was, I would open my ebook reader and start reading. It was such a pleasure to read because it was easy. The plot was simple to understand, there was humor, and the characters were all realistic.
On the surface, it looked like a simple and straight-forward book about kindergarten moms. But as soon as you turn the pages, a deeper plot that tackles domestic abuse, violence, rape, and bullying is shown. This is one of the main reasons why I loved it. I wasn’t expecting anything deep to be tackled in a fiction book but there it was right in front of me. I definitely loved how the author was able to seamlessly insert unsettling topics in a seemingly ordinary story. It reminds us that these things do happen. Even if things look happy and perfect on the outside, some of us are broken.
On a more technical note, I am quite disappointed with how the book was written. Some of the things I disliked was there were too many names to keep up with. (I can’t keep up with all the kindergarten parents, Liane.) I hated how there were dialogues before every new chapter began about what happened on the big day. I found them unnecessary. There were also times when it felt like there was too much drama. But let’s be real, this could also be the main reason why I was so eager to read.
Overall, I did enjoy reading the book. It was a fun and quick read. Would I recommend you to read it, absolutely! It’s perfect for those days when you want to read something entertaining but not too deep.