Thursday, March 2, 2017

Big Little Lies: A Review

I'm taking a little break from my Throwback Thursday posts today to participate in The Blended Blog's Book Review Blog Hop!

YES, you read that right!  I actually read a book!

Earlier this year I joined The Blended Blog's Virtual Book Club.  A bunch of fun ladies who read, chat, and discuss books via the Slack app!  It has been a lot of fun.  And I am loving that it keeps me accountable!  Not only did I read my own book club selection, but I started another one!

So many great books were chosen by the ladies of the Blended Blog in last month as we kicked off this new virtual adventure!!  If you are visiting from Deena's blog, sincere thanks for hopping on over today to visit.

My book club pick for February was Big Little Lies by Lane Moriarty.  I am a fan of hers.  I read The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot, both great novels!  So I was excited to read this one as well.

I'll be completely honest here, I picked this book because I've had it for almost 2 years and never read it. In fact, I think it was one of the Reads on my Summer 2015 Reading List that I blogged about here. It might have even made a return appearance in Summer 2016's list, still to go unread!

I chose this book, in part, too because I knew the Book Club would keep me reading it and since I had seen that this book was being made into a series for HBO I knew I wanted to finish it before the premiere date of February 19th.  {Of course a TV show would finally get me reading!!}

Well, that was a success because I finished it..on the 18th!

Big Little Lies centers around the friendship of three woman who all have first grade students attending the same elementary school in a ritzy beach side town in Australia.

A fun element of the story is that it's told backwards.  As it begins we know that a murder has occurred at the school's Trivia Night and is now being investigated.  As the murder mystery unfolds, the lives of each of the women are explored.  Could one of them perhaps be the murderer?

Of the three main characters,  Madeline, Celeste and Jane, I didn't really have a favorite.  But I can tell you this....I loved them each at some points in the story and found myself absolutely hating them during others.  But I suppose, this is what authors do to help us really connect with the characters. And connect I did.  I even found that I compared myself to each of the characters at different points. Finding myself in each of them.

I even found myself yelling at the book..."How could she do that?", "or "what the heck lady?...fight!" #solitarylifeprobs

I think as I'm writing this, it's getting more difficult because I want to talk so much about the book, but don't want to give anything away!! So...

On to what you really came for.  My honest review of the book!

It took me a few chapters to get into it, but as soon as I did, I kind of couldn't put it down.  I really did love it.  It's a murder mystery, story of friendship...fierce lady friendships...and family, all rolled into one!!  And I guess I can tell you that there's a pretty big twist in the story, that I really didn't see coming, so I enjoyed that element of surprise!

  It's no lie...I highly recommend reading Big Little Lies.
Watching the show on HBO-jury's still out.  But we all know the book is ALWAYS better than the movie/show!!  :)

Have you read Big Little Lies?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!

Now that you've made it through our hop, head on back to The blended Blog and link up your own book reviews with us here!!


  1. After catching the first episode of the new tv version during a HBO free preview weekend (& knowing since we don't actually have HBO I can't follow the series) I just picked up the book! Tv got me reading too - lol! Your post made me more excited to get those pages turning! ;) Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I'm watching the show on HBO! I like it so far!

  3. I have never read her, but the TBB sort of pushed me into it- and I am so glad! I am loving this book- it's on audio, so I only "read" it so often, but I love the characters- so much so, that I am not sure I will watch the HBO series! I already had a picture of the characters, and the 3 women in the series look NOTHING like I'd imagined them!lol~

    1. If you haven't read her before then definitely pick up What Alice is by far the best book she wrote (in my humble opinion)

  4. This wasn't my first Moriarty book and I really enjoyed it. Definitely not something I would pick up, so I'm glad you picked it

  5. I think I read a sample of this book and then never bought it to finish. Now we have started the HBO series but I am going to be frustrated if we go the whole series before we know about the details of the murder. We started watching How to Get Away with Murder a year or so ago and gave up with impatience because we never could get to the murder!!! On your great review, I will give this book another try. XO

  6. Ooh, I gotta read it. LauriePOP Ideas That POP


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