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Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Berkley Pub

What a ride!!  HBO Premiere of the series based on this book started yesterday 2/19/17.  I can't wait to watch it and see how this comes to life (and I'm not usually very big on watching what I read).  If you're not going to read the review below, just take this with you - BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT NOW.  Now back to your regularly scheduled programs.....

I can't believe I let this book sit on my shelf for as long as I did. We have three very different women who befriend each other. Madeline, a seemingly confident and aggressive woman who passionately defends her own while living insecurely and (in her head) in competition with her ex-husband's new younger wife. Jane is new to town, a young, single mother with a mysterious past and a penchant for chewing gum. Celeste, the beautiful, rich wife to the world traveling, Perry who drops $25,000 at a time on charity, because that's just how rich her husband is. The perfect marriage, or so it seems. Becoming an unlikely trio, their friendship leads to shocking revelations and a fierce loyalty to each other that no one will break.

What an extremely well written book. Starting at the introduction of the three at the beginning of a school year, culminating to a social event where someone dies, but no one seems to know who or how it happened, you get to see into the lives of Madeline, Jane and Celeste. This is a book dealing with marriages, friendships, family and how social status and assumptions affect lives, no matter your age. The way Moriarty weaves each life, building to the end where I audibly gasped a couple of times (thank god hardly anyone is in the office today), I am floored and have an extremely large book hangover. I'll be going home to watch the premiere of the series that aired yesterday on HBO. I'm curious to see how they bring this to the screen.

If you haven't read this, DO SO NOW! Funny, heart warming, delicate and real - suburbia is a dramatic mess and the housewives Pirriwee are not to be taken lightly....

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