Honestly, I would never have picked this book from my endless to-be-read list if it wasn’t for the tv show. I still think about it every day so it only made sense to get myself the book and find out more about the characters to whom I attached myself so fiercely.
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 mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbours secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies the book ended up being quite different from the tv adaptation. However, both versions are gripping, funny and clever. I was not disappointed but I did wish the ending had been exactly like the show’s.
The characters’ personalities (in the book) are also different from what I was imagining them to be; Celeste was the one I thought was the closest to the way she’s portrayed in the mini-series. Still, it was really satisfying to see how the screenwriter understood Liane Moriarty’s characters and made them even more interesting in the show. I will always be amazed at the way some books are adapted to the screen; the complete dismissal of certain characters, the adding of details that can completely change a character’s personality in the viewer’s eyes. I was amazed by this book, even though the show managed to touch my heart more (it touched it with a freaking hot iron, really.)
Liane Moriarty is a great writer because she was able to make me want to read a contemporary book that is considered ‘chick-lit’ just because it has a bunch of women as main characters. I don’t usually read this kind of book but I don’t think I had a choice. Sometimes you love something before you even get your hands on it and this was definitely the case.