Big Little Lies by Liane Moriaty

So I’m almost done with this book and IT’S FANTASTIC. I have yet to see the miniseries on HBO because i wanted to read the book first. And I heard so much hype about this book that i honestly was putting it off because I didn’t want it to let me down. As I’ve often found to be the case with such books that are also made into TV shows. But then again, apparently this mini series was produced by Reese Witherspoon and her production company. Can you really ever go wrong with Elle Woods anyway?

If you’ve been living under a rock the past year or so, Big Little Lies has become a powerhouse book and mini-series. It follows a group of four girlfriends with kids and living in a small town. It covers wealth, greed, sexual assault, abuse, and so much more. It goes deep but it’s also weirdly mysterious and you don’t want to put it down. Real talk, i definitely fell asleep a couple times with the book still open because i was so exhausted and refused to put it down. That might have given my boyfriend some fodder to make fun of me for in the morning….

The book also leads up to a murder but you don’t know who was killed or who did it until literally the last chapter. It’s ridiculous, a total risk, and totally worth the ride. I’m looking at getting a few of LIane’s other books — her writing style is amazing. She’s poignant, hilarious, and sheds light on a lot of real world problems most people shy away from.

Big Little Lies dives into abuse and sexual assault for what they really are. How the survivors often feel incredibly embarassed and even ashamed that they were in that situation. It goes into victim blaming and the shame game as well and provides examples of just how difficult it is to leave an abusive homelife, even if you have small children and are in the process of getting out. It’s difficult, messy, and complicated. And this novel does a fantastic job of creating complex female characters that talk about more than boyfriends and cocktails.

I highly recommend this book. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. And the person who ends up getting fed to the fishes (sorry mob life) may not be who you expect.

5/5 

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