Date finished: May 28, 2017

Rating: ★★★★

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

I had a really hard time getting into this book, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Moriarty relies heavily on school mothers being mean and catty to each other, and it was difficult to swallow the way her females characters treat each other (not to mention how certain husbands treat their wives).

But around 30%, the plot thickens and Moriarty focuses more on intimate relationships between characters and the ways Celeste attempts to escape from her conditions. I loved the narration of Madeline, Celeste, and Jane’s lives, and the way she slowly wrapped up each storyline.

We learn from the outset that someone is going to die, and I was able to predict the outcome (but not the culprit!) by the conclusion, but it’s still so incredibly satisfying and delicious. Even more than that, Moriarty succeeded in getting a much deeper (and more important) message across that will stay with me.

Definitely recommend if you can get past the catty behavior that characterizes much of the beginning of the novel. I’ll be reading more by Moriarty soon.

Photo courtesy Modern Little Victories

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