Big Little Lies

big little lies

by Liane Moriarty
Published July 29th 2014
Women’s Fiction/Mystery
5 Stars

“When someone you loved was depending on your lie, it was perfectly easy.”

This is the second book that I’ve read from Liane Moriarty. The first was The Husband’s Secret which I enjoyed but I have to say out of the two I adored Big Little Lies.

Big Little Lies had been on my TBR list for about two years now and I am beside myself for not having read it earlier.

I have been avoiding It Ends With Us  by Colleen Hoover (I am not ready to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that I’m sure will come after) and so I decided to pick out a different book. I found Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty which reminded me that I had one book from the author waiting to be read.

Boy am I glad I read it! 

The plot itself was amazing and the execution was simply perfect. The story surrounds three main characters going through their daily lives with their little secrets and then there is the murder. The murder is not mentioned in the blurb but it comes up pretty much at the beginning of the book. So this is not a spoiler.

I also have to say the way she depicts the inner thoughts of these main characters is very impressive because I could feel some sort of relation as a reader to the characters. I may not be a mum but I know the inner ramblings that sometimes got through my head.

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”

As much as some of the drama was a bit annoying, I have to admit that they all tackled things that happen in real life. There are shallow people who exist in the world as much as people don’t like them being portrayed in books.

“Everyone wanted to be rich and beautiful, but the truly rich and beautiful had to pretend they were just the same as everyone else.”

The author has a way in bringing out serious issues in her books in a way that makes it easy to apprehend as well as relate to it without feeling bored. The main issue was the murder of course but she also dealt with other matters like domestic abuse as well as bullying and human trafficking. On top of that she has a humorous way of putting it all together that does not end up making a joke of the situation.

The thing i must admit with this book is that it took way too long to get to the point. There was a lot of gossip going on and too much side dramas thrown in there. But it all built up to something. I think the last few pages are what made me love the book the most. It made it worth the wait.

Given that I’m not a mum (am I stressing on this too much?), I honestly didn’t think I would love this book. I feel like that was one of the reasons that kept me from reading it since the day I purchased it. I have to say though, as much as I could not relate to so many themes in the book, the author made it easy to grasp them. She also made the tired themes come together in an interesting way that had me reading the book late into the night.


After I finished the book, I decided to check out the how it did in general seeing as I went in blind. I came across a review that mentioned there was a TV series in the works based on the book!

How had I not known this given that it has a star-studded cast?

The main characters will be portrayed by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley!!!


This book is definitely worth taking a look at.

Pick it up here:
Text Book Centre (Kenya)





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