Apart from loving travelling and reading I am a TV addict. Or a TV-show addict I should say. So come February I got obsessed with this mini-series called “Big Little Lies”. It starred big names like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and many many more. It was so different than anything else I had seen on TV at this point. The plot was suspenseful and the characters were relatable at the same time. So when I found out the source material came from a book by the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty I just had to get it.
After I bought it I had just one slight problem. I couldn’t start reading immediately. If I had I would have killed the suspense of the show and I would probably start hating it for not including this and that – yes, I’m a person who does that. So I waited. And I loved the show by the way. Even now after reading the book, I still love the show. That’s how it is for me anytime I watch a film or TV-show based on a book first. That way I can fall in love with the show or the film and afterwards fall in love with the book some more.
Anyhow, back to the book. So Big Little Lies is about motherhood, friendship, especially those of women, secrets – obviously -, bullying and domestic violence. I’m sure there are other topics I could include but for me those five are the main ones. The book is told from the three main characters perspective, Madeline, Celeste and Jane.
It all starts when Madeline, a forty year old mother of three meets Jane, a twenty-four year old mother of a little boy called Ziggy. At the orientation of their children’s kindergarten class Ziggy is accused of strangling a class mate. When the school year starts there is even more accuse of bullying coming along Ziggy’s way. Another main plot is Celeste’s husband Perry abusing her frequently as well as Madeline’s problems with her fourteen year old daughter, Abigail, suddenly living with her father who once walked out on them. Jane, apart from having to deal with Ziggy maybe being a bully, has to come to terms with the night of Ziggy’s conception, a one-night-stand turned assault. At a charity school event someone dies and there are cut-ins to other parents telling a journalist what happened leading up to the event.
What I really enjoyed about the book was the way it handled female friendships and generally female relationships. The school mums all envy one another and those insecurities have a lot to do why some of them behave in a way some people would call bitchy. At the end however, all of the main ladies involved, Madeline, Celeste, Jane as well as Bonnie, Madeline’s ex-husbands new wife, and Renata, the career-mum, whose daughter is the one being bullied, band together to help each other.
What I didn’t like so much was that sometimes when I thought something would get interesting there was time jump. Mostly just a few weeks but nonetheless I found it pretty annoying. Also at the end is seemed a bit rushed and while we found out how Celeste was doing, we only got glimpses into Bonnie, Renata, Jane and Madeline’s life. I would have hoped to get more about these ladies. Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to you. Have you read the book before? Or have you seen the TV-show? Did you like it? Let me know down in the comment section.