Saturday, October 21, 2017

Audiobook Review: Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: July, 24th, 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Caroline Lee
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★
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Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .

A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? 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.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.  

If I wasn't a person that was "hard pass" on children this book might make me rethink that! The parent politics in this book were insane, and it drove me crazy! It must be exhausting to be a parent, and I don't want to do it. The women in this book that go after Jane because they think her child is hurting another are insane. It's like on the one hand I get that Renata is trying to protect her child, but on the other hand she needs all her facts! I have to say that this was one frustrating novel, but I think it had a satisfying ending.

The author of this book is Australian and I really liked that the narrator Caroline Lee also had an Australian accent. I think it really made me get entrenched in the culture and setting of this novel. This was a really long audiobook and I have to admit parts of it were a little slow, so I did have to speed it up a little bit. Towards the end I was just mad at everyone and I just wanted to get to the point. It was a good ending to a frustrating book.

I liked the three main women in this novel, but I also wanted to shake them at times. Celeste for staying with her dirtbag husband for so long, Jane for just being so standoffish, and Madeline for just being such a busy body all the time. Even so I still found their stories around each other really interesting.

I really liked that you had no idea who the victim was until the very end of the novel. I so thought I knew who it was at times, but then I would think, "hey, wait a minute..." It was frustrating but in such a good way. I just had to know who died!

I definitely recommend doing the audiobook for this one!

Did you read this book? What did you think? Have you read the author's other books?  

Happy Reads Everyone!