Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane  - still no pics on account of iPad limitations - not of the iPad, but of the user.

What They Say.... murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  

What’s indisputable is that 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 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.

What I Say.....Wow!  This was not a short book (480 pages) and it's not a light book, but I willingly dragged it on the plane to Hawaii with me in order to have a beach read (I live in fear of dropping my ipad in water).

I'm traveling with friends, and going to different beaches every day, but you know it's a good book when you are thinking about how much longer it will be before you can start reading again.

The Mommy Wars are always interesting to me, because I don't have to participate anymore.  But this book took the battle to a whole other level.

The characters were well-written and engaging.  Even at her most annoying, Madeline was understandable and lovable.  But you couldn't hate Bonnie either, even though you wanted to for Madeline's sake.

Celeste was cool, aloof, and also understandable as a woman in a violent marriage, wondering how much was normal, how much was her fault.  I have heard that this is going to be some kind of television mini-series starring Nicole Kidman, and I think she would make a perfect Celeste.

I figured out what the twist was going to be wih Jane's one night stand, but I didn't see who the murderer or who the murdered was until it happened (I had to force myself not to look ahead!).

A compelling read, as most of Moriarty's books are.  She's a favorite of mine.

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