Friday, June 5, 2015

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

Big Little Lies follows three women, all at a crossroads in life. Meet Madeline, a forty-something, divorced and remarried mom of a teenager and two elementary school age children. To put it lightly, Madeline is never afraid to speak her mind. Her oldest, Abigail would much rather live with Madeline's ex-husband and his new wife, Bonnie, much to Madeline's chagrin. As if that wasn't bad enough, Madeline's youngest has just started kindergarten with her ex-husband and Bonnie's daughter. Awkward.

Enter Celeste. Seen as the gorgeous, wealthy mom of two twin, kindergarten-aged boys Celeste has all that she could ever need...on the outside. Although money has never been an issue and she's tall and beautiful and her life appears otherwise perfect, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Though pretending to have a perfect marriage on the outside, Celeste tries desperately to hide the fact that she's the victim of domestic abuse. There's a constant inner struggle for Celeste...should she leave Perry? What about the boys?

Then there's new to town, young, single mother Jane. Jane is plain. reserved and often appears sad, worrying about her five year old son, Ziggy. While Jane's mom is so enamored with the fact that Ziggy is his grandfather reincarnated, Jane is concerned that Ziggy has inherited some questionable behavior from his father, Jane is constantly on edge trying to protect the little life she's created, but will it be enough to protect them?

When all of these women meet at kindergarten orientation, they realize that though their stories may be different, they completely understand one another. This whodunit  type story revolving around murder, bullying, and domestic abuse, will definitely keep you reading, laughing, and guessing who exactly did what.