GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.
What a story! There was so much happening in this book, I got a headache whilst reading it with trying to keep up with whose who. The chapter’s went from the narrator telling Madeline’s story, then to Jane’s and then to Celeste’s, while other school mum’s were brought into it throughout the novel aswell, making me need to stop to picture each character so I know who I’m reading about now before I can continue on.
But every little story was interesting, some more than other’s. A lot of the petty little school stuff went over my head as I wasn’t too interested in that, I only wondered if it’s really like that between the school mums in real life.
Celeste’s story was by far the most heart breaking because it happens to so many people and Jane’s story was a very interesting read too. Madeline’s character was bordering on annoying as she is one of those ‘friends’ that mainly talk about themselves and things they enjoy and speak over you all of the time. She basically only has people around her so she can hear the sound of her own voice and what she was upset about was nothing compared to what her friends were going through. She enjoys drama and thrives on creating it. I don’t like those kinds of people – fictional or real.
This novel is not a romance novel. It touched on one romance toward to the end of the book, which was a nice touch, but the main genre of this story is drama, with a little thriller.
Throughout the novel I kept trying to guess who was murdered and who had did it, based on little things said by people, but I didn’t guess it. When it was revealed (toward the end of the book), I was a little shocked as I didn’t really expect it. I can’t say too much without giving it away but it was a very interesting turn of events.
Also, don’t think it’s just the adults who are keeping secrets and telling lies! The children do it just as much!
An overall good read with some very captivating moments where you can’t put it down.
There is a HBO mini series now showing on Foxtel for this book, starring Reese Witherspoon as Madeline (not appropriately cast), Nicole Kidman as Celeste (not appropriately cast), and some other person as Jane who I don’t know. I would personally have swapped Nicole and Reese’s roles.
If you have read this book, I would love to know what you thought of it and if you are watching the mini series, please let me know how that is too because I don’t have Foxtel to watch it on.