Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all . . . or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control.
From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.
But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.
It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .
I have to say it took the television show coming out to make me bump this book up my pile. I haven’t watched the show yet but as I really want to, I wanted to read the book first before watching it. All I can say is that I wish I had read it sooner.
I will start with my only niggle about the book. The story is told in chapters where we get to know the characters and their life leading up to events of a murder. At the end of every chapter there are brief comments by different characters. I found this slightly distracting to start with as I wasn’t really aware of some of the characters or hadn’t got used to them so I found it slightly confusing. The further into the story I got though it wasn’t an issue anymore. Other than that though, this really is a fabulous book.
There are quite a few characters in the story so it did take me a little while to get used to who was who but when you do you can really settle into a brilliant reading experience. The main ones for me are Jane, Celeste and Madeline.
Jane is the single mother of Ziggy who has moved into the area for another fresh start. She is very much a plain Jane and doesn’t fit in with the other mothers of the school where Ziggy has just started. I was quite surprised that Madeline after meeting her, takes her under her wing. Madeline is a fabulous character and the story line to do with her teenager daughter had me howling with laughter. She certainly brings a sense of humour to the story. Celeste, I have to admit I wasn’t to sure of. She instantly reminded me of a Barbie doll from the description of being stunning, perfect figure and always immaculately turned out. She really grew on me though as her life is nothing like the perfect life I had imagined she would have.
This is very much a story of appearances, secrets, friendships and lies. I love how the story is centered around these three women and their personal lives. It really makes for such a fun and entertaining read. At times I forgot that there was a murder to look forward to as I was so wrapped up in their world. It was fun trying to work out who was going to be murdered as well as who the murderer could possible be. All I can say is that it was a total shock when all is revealed.
Big Little Lies is an extremely addictive read and one I highly recommend.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Big Little Lies is available to purchase from Amazon.