If you’re looking for a good book to escape into for a while, Big Little Lies, by Laine Moriarty, is a great choice. I’d started watching one episode of the HBO miniseries based on the book right around that time that my frustration with myself for not reading more was reaching its peak. I managed to stop myself from watching the rest and instead picked up the actual book this summer instead.
Though the characters live in an upscale part of Sydney, Australia which is far, far removed from my every day life, the focus on motherhood, relationships and the strain of keeping up appearances connected with me. As the mother of two young daughters, one the same as many of the children in the book, so many of the feelings and anxieties the women of this story feel rang true.
But at its heart, Big Little Lies is a mystery. At the end of the first chapter, the reader learns that a terrible tragedy has occurred, but most of the details are left out. The book then details the months leading up to the night of the incident, and the story doesn’t disappoint in how it starts to reveal the days leading up to the event. Overall, it’s a fun read and would be a great a great book club choice. The main characters, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, are all interesting to read about in their own right, with each story allowing you in to learn more than the others know about them. And the casting of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley was perfect for the TV adaptation.
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