• Rachel Penate

BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

Updated: Apr 10



STARS

★★★★★ / 5 (Standard)

★★★★★ / 5 (Mama Scale)

SUMMARY

A dark-comedy of sorts that masterfully characterizes the intricacies of domestic abuse and friendship and love.

REVIEW

Full discretion: I would’ve never read this book if it weren’t for it being immediately available on the Libby app in a time of need. I watched the show about a year ago and loved every bit of it. I thought it was especially poignant in this time of #metoo but little did I realize the book had even more depth, substance, and nuance to offer.⠀

What I immediately loved about this book was the subtle humor and depth of characterization that Moriarty employees throughout the whole storyline. I really appreciated how she took the topic of marriage and family life and laid it out — the good and the bad — in three different ways. ⠀

What I appreciate about the book versus where the show took the storyline is that Madeline and Ed had a healthy marriage and Jane’s sweet redemption at love. I get really tired of story lines completely discrediting marriage and not allowing for any positive viewpoint on the institution so these two pieces were especially refreshing. I thought Moriarty did an excellent job of really highlighting what good can come out of working through marriage but, in turn, where a line needs to be drawn.⠀

AH — there is so much more I could comment on and talk about with this book but I will leave it right here. ⠀

Overall, one of my favorites of the year so far!


RECOMMENDED?

ABSOLUTELY ALL THE HYPE! You'll love this one if you like complex characters and really well-woven plots. I’d also recommend this one if you are a fan of the HBO show. Despite knowing the plot line, I was never bored and really grew in an even deeper appreciation of the story as a whole.


SENSITIVITY WARNINGS

Domestic abuse, language, depression.

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