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Review: Big Little Lies

July 5, 2016

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is the story of three young mothers:

  • Jane: her son Ziggy was conceived during a one night stand.  Ziggy is accused of bullying a classmate.
  • Madeline: her daughter from a previous marriage seems to prefer her new stepmother over Madeline.
  • Celeste: has a wealthy husband who abuses her.

The three women become friends when their children start kindergarten together.  When someone dies at the school’s Trivia Night, all three women have reasons to be happy he’s dead.

Readers know early on that someone died at Trivia Night but they don’t know who or the circumstances surrounding the death so there is a little bit of a mystery aspect to this story.

When Big Little Lies was released a few years ago it was a huge hit but I never found time to get to it.  A friend raved over it repeatedly and finally loaned me her audio copy of the book.  After hearing her raves, I was anxious to get to the book, but I think I would have been better off reading it in print.

Caroline Lee is my friend’s favorite narrator and, with her Australian accent, I can see why she was chosen for this book, but I found I had trouble keeping up with the characters as I listened.  It may have been me, though, because my friend had no trouble remembering each one months after she listened to the book.  In the end, Big Little Lies was good, but not great, for me.

My friend Elizabeth lent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    July 5, 2016 7:32 am

    I’m one of the few people that was not a fan of this one…or the other 2 books of hers I read. I listened to this one on audio too and found it really grating, though I normally love Australian accents.

  2. July 5, 2016 8:37 am

    And I’m one that has loved the audio of Liane Moriarty’s books and the stories themselves. Something about these just suit me and I love Caroline Lee’s narration. Or maybe it’s the snarkiness. However, I know that not every narrator or author is for every reader/listener. LOL

  3. Patty permalink
    July 5, 2016 8:57 am

    I wonder if you would have liked the non audio version better?

  4. July 5, 2016 9:09 am

    I have yet to read one of her books.

  5. July 5, 2016 9:21 am

    I loved it, but I read it in print…maybe that would have worked better for you, too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. July 5, 2016 9:28 am

    I’ve only read one of her books – The Husband’s Secret. But I would say the same things about that one that you said about this one. I liked it but didn’t like it well enough to read more.

  7. July 5, 2016 9:35 am

    This is the only one of Moriarty’s books I’ve read, but I did enjoy it in print. Now that you mention it, there really were a lot of characters to keep track of…

  8. July 5, 2016 9:52 am

    I loved this novel in print when I read it, but can’t remember the characters or most of the detail now.

  9. July 5, 2016 10:38 am

    I haven’t read this one but I’m guessing the print edition would be the way to go for me.

  10. Ryan permalink
    July 5, 2016 10:58 am

    Sounds interesting, but maybe not for me.

  11. July 5, 2016 12:04 pm

    I liked this one (in print).

  12. July 5, 2016 12:11 pm

    I read this one, and while it was good it’s not my favorite book of Moriarty. The Husband’s Secret is still a fav.

  13. July 5, 2016 2:02 pm

    I started this when it first came out but I wan’t liking it much so didn’t finish it.

  14. July 5, 2016 3:47 pm

    Hmmm, maybe

  15. July 5, 2016 4:33 pm

    Narrators can make or break a book for me, more in fiction than nonfiction. This one sounds like it will be great in print. When there are quite a few characters, audiobooks almost always fail for me.

  16. July 5, 2016 6:50 pm

    Thanks for your honest review. I haven’t read any of this author’s books yet.

  17. July 5, 2016 8:10 pm

    I remember this one, but I haven’t read it either. This sounds like something that I would like better in print.

  18. July 5, 2016 8:23 pm

    I have been curious about Liane Moriarty for a while but have never read her before.

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    July 6, 2016 5:02 pm

    I still haven’t gotten to this one, but I hope to read it at some point. I’ll likely read this one in print.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2016 10:37 am

    I read this one in print and enjoyed it quite a bit. Maybe the audio version wasn’t the way to go.

  21. July 9, 2016 12:16 am

    I did like this audio a lot and am a fan of Caroline Lee’s narration in general. But I agree that multi pov audios can be tricky to follow!

  22. July 12, 2016 11:27 pm

    I checked the audio out of the library and only made it through one cd. I plan on giving the paper copy another chance!

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