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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

big little liesMadeline 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 by Liane Moriarty is set in a close knit, suburban community full of unique characters. There is a school in town where almost all the drama takes place. On the orientation day for the kindergarten kids, Madeline meets Jane, the newest mom in town who she then introduces to Celeste. On this day, we are also introduced to the other moms and their kids. There are cliques at the school and no, it is not the kids. It’s the moms who are in cliques. Obviously, if cliques exist so does a lot of drama.

Madeline stands out for various reasons. I really liked how loyal she was. She was very protective of her friends and especially Jane who was having trouble fitting into the new community. I also sympathized with all her struggles with her ex-husband and his new wife. It broke my heart when her daughter seemed to be picking her ex over her. On the other hand, Jane was sympathetic. She was the only single mom at the kindergarten. In addition, her son Ziggy was being accused of things that made the other moms pick on Jane. Her background story was even more heartbreaking .I really liked Jane and her kid. Even her parents were interesting to read about. On the other hand, Celeste was a mystery. She is the one character that I didn’t expect to like so much at the start. She seemed aloof. In addition, she was portrayed as being a bit too perfect. However, her story is the one that will most likely stick with me for a very long time.

True to the title, this book is full of deceptive characters. There are so many secrets in the town; everyone seems to be harboring one. Some of the secrets were shocking. Others, simply scandalous though admittedly, all of them made this a very gripping tale. I also liked the suspense in the book. Right from the start, it is mentioned that a murder has taken place. There is a lot of gossip around town and speculation about the night when the murder took place. I wanted to know who died. I also couldn’t guess how the murder took place and especially who the killer was. This made this book an intriguing read from start to finish.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was quite an interesting read. It sort of reminded me of Desperate Housewives with all the drama that was taking place in the town. I didn’t expect the book to be heavy but it actually was. There were themes of bullying, sexual and domestic abuse. There was also murder. However, the drama and gossip also added humuor to the story. I liked the theme of friendship especially between the moms. I am usually not a fan of long books (this had 500 pages) but I enjoyed reading this one. The pacing was great, characters memorable and the story-line addictive. Now I can’t wait to start watching the TV show.

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31 comments on “Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

  1. I enjoyed this book when I read it but (and this is so rare for me) I loved the TV show even more. It’s such a perfect cast and I loved it. I hope you enjoy the show when you watch it. Fab review! 🙂

    • Diana
      June 8, 2017

      Thank you so much Hayley. I can’t wait to watch the show especially after reading your comment about it 🙂

  2. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    June 8, 2017

    Comparing this to Desparate Housewives was perfect Diana, I would totally agree. I also enjoyed this one and want to watch the show this summer, I heard the setting in the show is amazing:)

    • Diana
      June 8, 2017

      I hope that we will both enjoy the show. I have heard good things about the cast too. I miss Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids. This book definitely reminded me of the two shows 🙂

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed this Diana! I’m looking forward to this, but I’m #32 on the hold list at my library. I may have to splurge and buy it.

  4. Tina Woodbury
    June 8, 2017

    I agree, comparing it to Desperate Housewives is perfect. I’m glad you liked it and hope you enjoy the TV series too.

    • Diana
      June 9, 2017

      I need to watch the show this weekend. I can’t wait. Thank you and I hope to enjoy it too 🙂

      • Tina Woodbury
        June 9, 2017

        You’ll have to let me know how you like it when you watch it 😊

  5. I love suburban drama and behind-the-curtain secrets!! I’m happy you enjoyed the book, I am now pretty sure to like it too when I read it in July, haha!

    • Diana
      June 9, 2017

      haha July is not so far away. I hope that you will enjoy it. I also like suburban drama. They always have such memorable/interesting characters.

      • Exactly, there’s something special about the people in suburbs. They look normal but it’s really juicy when you creep into their lives, haha!

  6. Annie
    June 8, 2017

    ❤ As I told you, Im so happy you finally read it! I remember it quite often and the show is fantastic, especially the ENDING!

    • Diana
      June 9, 2017

      I can’t wait to watch the show. If I don’t get the new season of OINTB today then I will definitely watch Big Little Lies tonight. I am also curious about the other thing that you mentioned about Madeline.

      • Annie
        June 9, 2017

        OITNB 😍😍😍😍😍

  7. Yvo
    June 10, 2017

    Great review! I honestly had my doubts if this would be for me since it sounded a bit high on the drama, but your review convinced me I should probably give it a try anyway. Good to hear you enjoyed it!

    • Diana
      June 10, 2017

      If you liked surbaban drama/crime then you may like this one.Its sort of like Fractured by Catherine Mackenzie.It does have murder,abuse bullying but it also does have some light moments.I am glad I’ve convinced you to consider it.I hope that you will like it when you do read it 🙂

  8. Grab the Lapels
    June 10, 2017

    I didn’t realize this was a show. I thought there was Pretty Little Liars? Maybe television is just full of lying these days? 😂

    • Diana
      June 10, 2017

      Haha yes its a show.I’ve never watched PLL but this one I liked and lies and secrets do make an interesting show sometimes. I guess that’s why there are so many shows on that theme.

  9. FictionFan
    June 10, 2017

    Glad you enjoyed this one! It was the humour I loved most about it, and like you I found myself liking the three main women – in fact, I keep thinking what fun they’d be to go for coffee with. Great review! 😀

    • Diana
      June 14, 2017

      haha I know what you mean about the coffee. The women were so much fun and Madeline sounds like a very supportive friend even though she is quite dramatic. The humuor was great especially in the interviews/confessionals with all the other characters lol. Thank you 🙂

  10. lbarasa
    June 10, 2017

    Great review I’ll try and be on the lookout for the series as I try to get a hold of it

    • Diana
      June 14, 2017

      Thanks gal. The book and the series are a bit different but they are both great though I would definitely advise that you start with the series 🙂

  11. faithrivens
    June 13, 2017

    Great review, Diana! I’m eager to read this one now!!

    • Diana
      June 14, 2017

      I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you 🙂

  12. Jasmine
    June 15, 2017

    I like your comparison of this book to the Desperate Housewives. I can’t wait to read it! Humor and secrets, my kind of book! Great review Diana!

    • Diana
      June 16, 2017

      I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading 🙂

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  14. anaddictiontofiction2805
    October 17, 2017

    I didn’t realise you reviewed this I’m reading it at the moment and am completely obsessed! I love Madeleine too so far and I can’t wait to watch the tv show after I’ve finished it

    • Diana
      October 18, 2017

      Oh, enjoy the book and yes, get the TV show after you are done. Its different as expected but the cast was great and it was an interesting watch. Happy reading 🙂

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