Big Little Lies

22312738Written By: Liane Moriarty

Published date: August, 2014

Published by: Pan Macmillan Australia

Category: Fiction / Mystery / Contemporary / Woman Fiction / Adult

Pages: Paperback, 470

Goodreads rating: 4.23 / 5

My Rating: 4 / 5

I will be keeping my review short as this book has been reviewed a thousand times and I wont be writing about every detail of each character as there are so many of them.

The book is about sexual assault, bullying, domestic violence, gossiping and murder.

I started reading Big Little Lies just about a week ago. It was written really well. Big Little Lies is about a group of parents whose children were starting kindergarten. The book started with the Pirriwee Public Schools ‘Audrey & Elvis’ fancy dress Trivia Night which ended badly. Every character has a story to tell and as the story progresses we discover all their secrets.

“As Jane looked around her, she felt that dissatisfied feeling she often experienced when she was somewhere new and lovely. She couldn’t quite articulate it except with the words “if only I were here”. This little beachside cafe was so exquisite, she longed to really be there—except, of course, she was there, so it didn’t make sense.”


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.


I thought Big Little Lies is written really well which made it easy to read, the only thing I did not like is that there was so much conversation happening between the characters. Despite that I really loved all the characters as they were described and created well.

I liked that there was a timeline of the events leading up to the Trivia Night which kept me excited for how close I was to find out who was murdered. Each chapter did not need to label who is speaking or telling the story because of the way it was written which made it easy and clear to understand the story.

My favourite character is Madeline. She is a bubbly, amazing friend and a great mother. I love that she stuck up for her friends and what she believes in. There was a few things that she did that was unacceptable but overall she was a great person and did things for a good reason.

“It is a very pretty bch. We’re not really beach people, and obviously no one wants to see this in a bikini!” She made a face of pure loathing and gestured at her perfectly ordinary body, which Madeline judged to be about the same size as her own.

“I don’t see why not,” said Madeline. She had no patience for this sort of talk. It drove her to distraction the way women wanted to bond over self-hatred.”


Overall, Big Little Lies is a really good read. The way the story was written is great. I have heard good things about Liane Moriarty andI am looking forward to reading more of her novels in the future.

I recommend this book to people who love a bit of family, friends and community dramas. I suggest to definitely read this book before watching the TV series as some parts of the show are completely different from the book (which most shows or movies are).

About the author.

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

She is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband’s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.

With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on Big Little Lies is currently in production, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children’s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy.

Check out her other novels on Goodreads or on her website.

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