Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

biglittleliesTitle: Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Genre: Mystery/Suspense Fiction

Story: A homicide at Perriwee Peninsula Public School has detectives questioning all the parents who were there that evening, and the reader tags along for the ride, watching the unraveling of a community from within, as we get to see all the different perspectives and dirty little secrets slither about.

What Worked: I loved the layout and architecture of the book. The chapters were super short which made the reading seem to go by faster. I loved the detective’s conversation with the witnesses at the beginning and the end of chapters – it worked well with showing the reader how skewed perspectives can be without telling us how flawed we all are.

Moriarty does an excellent job keeping very serious topics (domestic violence, murder, bullying) light-hearted and almost comical, in a non-patronizing way.

What Needed Work: Perhaps it was a few chapters longer than it needed to be. Even though there were moments I couldn’t put it down, and was mouthing the OMG at the end of chapters, it began to get predictable.

Overall: Big Little Lies isn’t going on my list of top ten all time favorite books, but it was certainly enjoyable enough for me to recommend it to other fiction readers out there.

Rating: 5/5

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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