Published July 26th, 2016 by Flatiron Books
I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s novels. “Big Little Lies” is one of my favorite books. I’ve had this audiobook for quite a while. I’m surprised it took me so long to get to it.
“Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?”
This novel had a lot of characters but I thought they were all very well-developed. I especially loved the children, Ruby and Holly. They were sweet and funny, even when they were being naughty. I honestly did laugh out loud a few times.
The story is told from multiple points of view. It did take a little while to get everyone straight, but once I figured out who was who, it was easy enough to follow along. It could possibly have been a little shorter as it did drag on at times.
We hear from the characters in the present and back to the day of the barbeque. Right from the start, we are aware that something big happened at this barbecue.
It was to be an ordinary neighborhood barbeque in an ordinary backyard with ordinary people.
I really wanted to know what happened on that “ordinary day”.
I would never have guessed.
The story deals with a lot of issues. I really liked how the author portrayed the relationships between husbands and wives, friends, parents, and children, etc. Most of the interactions felt very real and honest.
This novel was a nice change of pace after some of the thrillers I’ve read lately. It wasn’t an intense read, although there were some emotional moments. The story kept me engaged.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting character-driven novel.
I really liked the narrator, Caroline Lee. She’s narrated quite a few of Liane Moriarty’s novels.
As usual, I’m excited to see what Liane Moriarty comes up with next!