There’s just months to go until the ‘Big Little Lies’ miniseries premieres on HBO, so if you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of Liane Moriarty’s book that it’s based on, you should probably get on that. But, be warned…you won’t be able to put it down!
Don’t be fooled by the first few pages of Big Little Lies — this novel is NOT a story about an old woman talking to her cat. You don’t have to read much further for the mystery to begin unfolding, and by the end of chapter one, you’ll already be itching to turn the page and find out how this murder investigation turns out.
Unfortunately, Liane Moriarty then flashes back to six months before the school trivia night where the murder went down…without even telling us anything about the victim OR suspect! It’s the perfect style for this type of book, with the character development throughout the story constantly keeping us guessing about what could’ve possibly gone down on the night in question. Plus, after every few chapters Liane shows transcriptions of conversations between police and eyewitnesses, raising even more questions and giving insight into the main characters.
Big Little Lies is told from the point of view of three different women — Celeste, Madeline and Jane — who all have children starting Kindergarten at the same school. Besides just the suspense of figuring out what happened at trivia night, Liane keeps us invested in these characters and their stories throughout every single chapter, with new revelations continuously teaching us more about why they are the way they are today.
You can’t help but feel for Celeste as she deals with her abusive husband, Perry, and it’s impossible not to ache for Madeline as her older daughter pushes her away in favor of her father and stepmother, Bonnie. Jane’s storyline may be the most compelling of all, though, as the story of her past becomes entwined with what’s going on in the present.
Everything finally comes together when the “before” catches up with the “now” and we finally find out what happened on that fateful night…and why. And guess what? The identity of the victim/murderer isn’t even the biggest twist of all! You’ll seriously be hooked until the very end — so pick up your copy and get reading!
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HollywoodLifers, are you a fan of Big Little Lies? Will you be watching the show when it comes to HBO?