Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

It is the start of the school term and Jane has moved to a new town with her son to make a fresh start.  But it seems she has something to hide from her past.  Luckily for Jane, two friendly mum’s take her under their wing on the first day of kindergarten- but in doing so they are careful to protect their own secrets.

An incident involving the children of all three women quickly spirals out of control and we learn very early in the book that someone has been murdered at the school trivia night.  What we don’t know is the identities of the victim or the killer.

Big Little Lies book bunny

Wow, this was an amazing read.  I was so glad I chose this book to bring on my holidays.  I was not disappointed.  It was my first time reading a book by Liane Moriarty and I shall be buying more from this wonderfully clever and witty author.                                                     

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from “Big Little Lies”  but it exceeded all expectations.  I am still quite unsure of the genre.  It is definitely not chick lit but it is also not a thriller, nor is it scary or particularly dark. 

The book touches on some serious themes- motherhood, friendship, single parenting, bullying, murder, body/ self-esteem issues etc.  The author very skillfully manages to balance this out with the most amazing use of humour.  I was thoroughly entertained and giggling quietly to myself for the duration of this book.

As mentioned before, we know from the start that there has been a murder at trivia night.  But we don’t know who has been killed and we don’t know who committed the murder. The book is laid out in such a way that each chapter is leading us closer to the big event and laying down the back story. 

The author mixes in extracts from interviews that take place after the trivia night, none of which give away the story but yet always have you thinking and trying to solve the mystery.  So I guess you could call the genre a mystery.

mouse bookThe clever way in which this story is interwoven really shines a light on how the same situation can be perceived by people in so many different ways.  It reminded me of chinese whispers on some levels.  The other great things about this book were the twists and turns.  It kept me guessing throughout and just when I thought I had it all figured out …. bam !!! It was a shocker !!!

I am glad that I read the book a year into my son being in school.  I think if I had read it, this time last year I might have opted for home schooling as some school mums really do come across as utterly terrifying in this book. Lol 🙂

Overall, an excellent read. I give Big Little Lies 5 STARS !!! Try as I might, I cannot fault it.  It was truly authentic in every regard and so cleverly written. A must read for everyone. You don’t need to be a mum or have kids at school to enjoy this.  The plot will grab you 🙂

Not surprising either that this book is now being made into a film with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon set to play the lead roles.

If you think you might like Big Little Lies, it can be purchased here


8 thoughts on “Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

  1. Claire says:

    This book is on my tbr list . I think I mite have to move it to the top of the pile as I have heard so many good things about it.


    • Nicola Sarah says:

      Hi Claire,

      I think it’s definitely a good decision on your part to move it to the top of your tbr list..Hehe 😉 Its been two years since I have given a book 5 stars ( Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes) so I was super happy to find a book so enjoyable !!!

      Nicola xx


      • Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard says:

        Yes, I have read it already. After finishing The Husband’s Secret, I read Big Little Lies right ahead. I fell in love with her writing style and her unique plot. I have yet to read What Alice Forgot but it’s next on my list! After reading your review, I just want to read another Moriarty novel.Anyway, glad to connect with you! 🙂

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