I had been avoiding reading this book for a very long time. Every single time I read the description I wanted to read it less. The blurb on Amazon describes it as “a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.” That literally makes me want to gag. I hate books about middle aged women. Hate them. I almost always have to force myself through them because I never relate to the characters, I’m not interested in housewife drama, and I generally lean more towards books that either have a lot of action, a lot of aliens, are about idiot teenagers in dystopian universes, or a combination of the three. With all that being said, I am so glad I finally read this book.
Don’t get me wrong. Big Little Lies includes a decent amount of what I would consider “housewife drama.” However these women’s lives are so incredibly dramatic that it’s unreal. The book follows three mothers as their children begin kindergarten: Jane, a single mom so young she’s mistaken for a nanny, Celeste, a woman so smart and beautiful it almost seems too good to be true, and Madeline, who is fiery, passionate, and holds a serious grudge. The three women all have their own battles to fight right from the beginning, as well as another one that’s told simultaneously: someone is going to get murdered, and it definitely has something to do with the secrets they are keeping (or not keeping).
This book actually kept me guessing the entire time. I tried my hardest to figure out who was going to get murdered, or who was going to be the murderer, but every guess I made was wrong. There were a shocking amount of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It was also a decently fast read, but only because I got sucked in so quickly that I had to set aside everything else I was doing until I could finish the book and solve all the mysteries within the story.
The main reason I read this book was because I started watching the miniseries on HBO and loved it. For those who are curious, the final episode airs next Sunday at 8:00, so if you don’t want the show to spoil the ending for you it’s time to get reading. So far, it’s been pretty true to the book other than the fact that it takes place in California in the HBO version and Australia in the novel, and they’ve definitely amped up some of the relationship drama for more TV entertainment. I’m guessing that the killer and victim is going to stay the same though, so watch out for any spoilers you might come across. Overall, Big Little Lies was a very solid read and an even more solid TV show.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chJ4mcy1cpY&t=8s