Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty review

“Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

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.”


This is my first Moriarty book. And I was NOT disappointed. I’ve actually had this sitting on my shelf for over a year but what got me motivated to finally pick it up was my friend Catherine and the trailer for the TV show. (Although a side note, I am mad st the TV show already and I haven’t even watched it. They made it American 😒. They could have left it Australian and filmed it there. 🤷🏻‍♀️). So anyway back to the book. Such a fun ride! Up and down, twists and turns!

Madeline “Maddie” is my favorite character! She’s fierce. Don’t mess with her. I connect with her a lot. You piss her off, or one of her friends, and she will let you know. I love her relationship with Ed (her husband) and kids. It seemed real and relatable. 

Celeste, oh poor Celeste. I won’t say much as it will spoil it, but Liane Moriarty did a good job with her character. She made it real. And the way it normally happens in real life. I just wanted to hug Celeste.

Jane! Oh Jane! I liked Jane, but not as much as Madeline. There were a few things that drove me nuts about Jane. I feel like out of all the characters, she was the most underdeveloped. I know she’s suppose to be a mystery but I don’t know. Out of the three main ladies, I liked her the least (and it will probably stay that way even with the show because I’m not a fan of the actress they got to play her. They could have picked better. Just my opinion 🤷🏻‍♀️).

The ending! Damn I felt like I had that ending figured out, partly. But I sure was wrong. Great ending for sure! The book started out fun, fluffy, showing how the real PTA/school Mom drama is and then it took a turn for dark and thriller type! I can’t wait to read more of Liane Moriarty books! 

5/5 🌟

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  1. I LOVED this book! wonderful review, so glad you enjoyed this read, Madeline was also my favorite. This was also my 1st Moriarty & I loved the Desperate Housewives nostalgia it invoked. I for sure did NOT see that ending coming but can’t say I didn’t savor it lol. Still haven’t gotten around to watching the show but hope it’s not a total let down *fingers crossed* 😉

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