I absolutely loved this book and Liane Moriarty’s writing. I managed to speed read through this within a week because I could not put it down. I was always guessing who was murdered and who was the killer. I have to say, I did not predict all of it.
One of my favorite parts of this text is being able to relate to all three of the major characters: Jane, Madeline, and Celeste.
Jane doesn’t talk about her past because it would show her vulnerability. Growing up, I learned to put up a mask and only show people the sides they wanted to see. The sides of a happy-go-lucky, intelligent, independent young woman. Not the anxious, self conscious, etc. parts. However, once Jane started trusting her new found friends, she begins the healing process and finds her inner strength.
Madeline might be my favorite character! I love how protective she is of her friends. Not to mention her sense of humor. Unfortunately, I think I have the same flair for dramatics. At least, I get my drama fix by watching reality TV (cue Dance Moms, Bachelor, etc). I don’t know that my husband would be as cool as Ed if I stirred drama up at work.
As for Celeste, I cannot even begin to imagine putting myself into shoes. However, I understand feeling the need to put on a facade so everything thinks you’re living such a wonderful life. People, including myself, always think grass is greener on the other side, unless we see the weeds for ourselves. I’m so impressed with Celeste for also finding her inner strength and being honest about the cracks in her “perfect” life.
The story follows all three of these complex women during their children’s year in kindergarten. You see the ups and the downs of parenthood, sisterhood, and relationships. The author takes us through the process of bottling up trauma, heating it until it’s boiling point, and finally coming clean to someone (friends, family, and/or a therapist). Top it off with a murder mystery. How could you not have a best-seller?
My copy of the book had a portion dedicated to discussions for a book club. Big Little Lies is a great story to read with your friends.
I was so impressed with Moriarty’s writing that I bought several of her other books from Target. Prepare yourselves!