Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

published by Putnam


My Review

This book reminded me very much or Moriarty’s previous novel- The Husband’s Secret.  It starts out light and fun, seems to be a yummy mummy type of book, then WOW- it is so much more.  I feel like it is maybe a quarter of the way into the book before you realize that Moriarty cloaks wonderful story telling under some fluffy characters, then slyly slips in some wonderful deep characters too.  This was a great story set in a place I want to live- a lovely little beach town in Australia.  All three of the main characters- Celeste, Maddy, and Jane unfold before us and show us that there is always more than what you see.   This was one I could not put down.  I know I am a little late to the party with this one, but I was actually on the wait list for this baby for over two months at the library!  If you are one of the few people out there who have not read this, get on it!!


Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2013



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

1.  Stephen King

The Shining & Doctor Sleep

I finally gave in and read The Shining and I loved it.  Doctor Sleep was just as good.  Now I have to get myself another but this amazing author.

2.  Rita Leganski

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

The first book I read for the She Reads book club and it was amazing!

3.  Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train

Another She Reads selection.

4.  Matthew Quick

Silver Linings Playbook

I want to reread this- the mark of a very good book!

5.  Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret

I can’t wait to read her new one.

6.  Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

I just finished this a few days ago and I am already itching for the next in the series- hurry it up Ms. Shannon!

7.  Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

One of the first books I read in 2013- beautiful.

8.  Kathleen Tesaro

 The Perfume Collector

I loved the dual narrative.

9. Charlie Lovette

The Bookman’s Tale

I love books about people who love books.

10.  Alyson Richman

The Lost Wife

I thought the author did a wonderful job with this story.

The Husband’s Secret- She Reads September Book Club



The Husband’s Secret

by Liane Moriarty

published by Penguin Books



My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret. (from goodreads)

My Review

I literally just finished reading this book and had to sit down right away before I forgot anything.  I loved this book.  It was very well written, dramatic, and riveting.  At first, I did not know how the story of these three very different women was going to converge, but when it did-wow!  Since the main part of the plot is the “secret”, I am finding it really hard to review this wonderful story without giving more of the plot away than there is in the summary above.  Because really, it is an amazing turn of events that unfolds.  And the Epilogue kinda blew me away.   I would definitely recommend this book.  I am going to the library as soon as I can to get another book by this author-probably What Alice Forgot.  It looks so interesting!

My Rating

4.5 out of 5

To read more reviews of The Husband’s Secret, please head over to She Reads – some wonderful ladies have posted their reviews there!