Title: 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.
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