Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty – independent book review – Fiction

This was a hard book to get into though I’m glad I didn’t give up on it. It definitely gets more interesting as it goes on. But that’s why I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.biglittlelies
Moriarty focuses on the lives and relationships of three women friends, all of whom have children in the same kindergarten class. The book is constructed around events leading up to and immediately following a death that occurs at the school, though you won’t find out the identity of the person who dies until quite late in the book. In that sense this is more of a mystery than a novel.
Along the way the characters and the reader have to deal with some heavy issues like bullying (by both children and parents), economic inequality and the prejudice that too often goes along with it, and domestic violence.
Through secrets shared and not shared, this story slowly unfolds until you find yourself having to question your own ideas about morality and justice.
More about the Australian author, Liane Moriarty.

If you haven’t seen it, you may be interested in the HBO series based on this book that starred Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.
You may also be interested in my reviews of other books by Liane Moriarty: