Sometimes we buy books because they are on the best sellers list. It’s on the list so it must be good, right? But when they get made into a TV show, then they definitely deserve a peek at. This month in the KappaCino book club we look at Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
The story centres around the families of Pirriwee, an idyllic coastal town which is filled with secrets. Jane has finally found a place to settle down with her son and begins a new chapter in her life. She makes friends with feisty Madeline and the beautiful Celeste. But this peacefully new existence is shattered when an incident at school causes a riff between the parents. As time goes on, the riff gets bigger as more people get involved. Whispers, rumours, and spiteful lies begin to take a grip on the community.
Thoughts on the Story
If you have seen the mini-series and are thinking the book will be the same, don’t. The mini-series is definitely an American version of the story and it has been condensed down for TV. I loved the mini-series. The book is the same story essentially, but different. In the novel, we are given more details about the past, present and future of the characters. When it comes to books and film, the books tend to offer a better insight into the emotions. The story deals with so many different social problems including school bullying, domestic violence, and the issues facing working mothers. But the story is ultimately about friendship.
Thoughts on the Author
Liane Moriarty has written several books before this one including Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret. Big Little Lies went straight to number one on the bestsellers list and she became the first Austrailian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Moriarty is someone I see a lot of myself in. We both have popped between jobs before discovering a passion for writing. Moriarty decided to head back to university and get her masters in 2004. Her first book, Three Wishes, was written as part of her studies. It is very clear that Moriarty has taken a lot away from her studies as she has an extra section at the back. I rarely see this in modern works and I think it’s fantastic that it is there. Moriarty really wants us to engage and think about what she has written.
This is a fantastic book for those of you who like a complex story. It can be tough to find a book that weaves so many stories together and pulls it off. Moriarty has made each character’s story clear and easy to follow, despite being a complex book. But having a complex storyline does not make it hard to read and the language is not difficult to understand. I really enjoyed this book and issues which it focused on. Big Little Lies is one book to consider for the bookcase that you will want to read again and again.