“Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.”
The book deals with a lot of different issues with the numerous parents of the kindergarten kids, but domestic abuse and bullying were the topics that Liane Moriarty centered around. We are walked through the feelings, thoughts and fears of a domestic abuse victim. We are taught that the seemingly perfect life might not be what we think it is. We see that a lot of unspeakable things happen behind scenes. We learn the brutality and harsh truth of domestic abuse. We also see how a 5-year old kid can be abolished for a wrongdoing, and that no one forgets.
The book starts with a trivia night at school where the parents had to dress in Hollywood costumes. We are told that someone was murdered, then, we’re taken back 6 months before that night.
The satirical tone was a big part of the book, which I honestly loved. It makes the book easier to read. We are always kept on our feet thinking about who killed who on the trivia night, and the closer we get to it, the harder it is to make guesses. The mystery will make you want to go through the whole book in one sitting.
The series is just as good, but maybe with less satire. However, they delve well into the darkness of the lives of the main characters and are spot on with the events of the book. Both the book and the series are great works; however, I would definitely recommend reading the book first.
The book is set on a peninsula outside Sydney, Australia, near one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, where there is only one school, which must house children of very different economic backgrounds. So, you’ll find the rich, bossy, type of moms and the stay-at-home moms. A new mom comes to town; she’s literally plain Jane with her son Ziggy (yes like Ziggy Stardust). Unfortunately for Ziggy, he gets into trouble on orientation day with one of the power moms’ daughter. From then on, Jane and Ziggy are avoided like the pariah. Fortunately for Jane, sweet and kind Madeline takes pity on her and sides with her. Of course, Madeline doesn’t do this alone, but also drags her best friend Celeste.
As the book proceeds, we realize the difficulties each mom goes through and how miserable they truly are. The difficulties can sometimes be as trivial as losing the long-time stuffed animal of the class, or as difficult as not knowing who your child is turning into. At times, I had to take a moment before continuing to read. Liane Moriarty tried to write in a tone as light-hearted as she could, with the random jokes and tidbits of mom gossip.
Big Little Lies is the perfect combination of a mysterious murder, gossip and controversial topics. The book was turned into a mini-series (7 episodes long) by HBO, a year ago. The main characters were played by the amazing Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman & Shailene Woodley. Both the book and the series are interesting to go through and keep your curiosity on high-alert.
If you have read the book or watched the series tell us your thoughts on the story of these mothers and their children; make sure to tag any spoilers! And if you haven’t got around to reading the book or watching the series, then, we can’t wait to hear what you think!