I have become such a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books – especially the audio versions – that I couldn’t wait to listen to Big Little Lies and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. It is yet another fantastic novel from this author. Big Little Lies is the perfect book to pick up on these cooler autumn days. It’ll have you laughing at times and serious at others. I was hooked from the very first page and those sixteen hours of listening was time very well spent!
Big Little Lies is about real life. It has real people that you could see existing in your own life. It’s a story of young ones starting kindergarten and the mom’s with their cliques and such busy lives who probably behave worse than their children ever could. It seems like an easy enough storyline being about the lives of parents, children, and exes but it is far from that. Despite being very witty and funny at times there is a very real serious side to this novel that deals with the darker side of marriage as well as the effects it has on everyone. The reader is also led to believe from the beginning of story that something awful has happened – you are teased with knowing what happened but not how it happened or who did it. I thought it masterful how the author pulled off the whole scenario and at times surprised me with the angles she took on the story. I just loved how this story wrapped up and even though this audio was sixteen hours I still wanted more!
One of the things I loved most about the book were the characters. Moriarty always has the quirkiest and funniest characters in her books. There is always friendship, conflict, gossip, and all that fun stuff that sucks a person in and keeps them wanting more. I listened to the audiobook of Big Little Lies and it’s narrated by Caroline Lee who does an incredible job. There is nothing I like better than a narrator with an accent. I think, for me anyway, it makes me enjoy the story even more. Caroline Lee brought all of these characters to life and portrayed their personalities perfectly. I’ve listened to her before and know I’m in for a great listening experience when she’s the narrator.
Big Little Lies will suck you in from the beginning and have you questioning if you ever really know the people around you. Do you really know what goes on behind closed doors and in the private lives of your friends. Probably not. This story highlights those big little lies that your friends and neighbors keep in order to portray that perfect family. Highly recommended!