Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is currently sitting pretty at #4 on the NY Times Bestseller list. I read it – loved it – will talk about it below + recommend what to read if you liked it too.
Big Little Lies
Madeline is funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. 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.
Moriarty writes such relatable, realistic characters. What seems like a light, airy take on simple humdrum house-wifery also takes a look at the deep underlying insecurities that exist. AS you peeled away from the surface, there were layers of issues the author tackles … unmentionable here so I don’t give anything away.
But Big Little Lies is not a heavy book. The story is interesting and suspenseful at the same time. Although for me, it was really the character portrayals that pulled me in.
Now, if you liked Big Little Lies then I think you’ll also like …
The Widow, Fiona Barton
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen. But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
This is similar in that it talks about the ins-and outs of a marriage. But it’s different in that the subject is heavier and darker. The series of events that happen are told from multiple points of view that see things from very uniquely different outlooks. In The Widow, secrets is also a big theme – as it is in Big Little Lies.
Have you read either of the 2 books above? What did you think?