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Big Little Lies...A review.

Big Little Lies...A review.

Image from Penguin Random House

Image from Penguin Random House

This was my second book in a row based on lies and secrets and how they affect us. Maybe the universe is telling me something? I was absolutely fascinated by this book from beginning to end. The way the author structured it kept your brain moving and wondering and guessing at the beginning and end of each chapter.

She wrote with a morbidly astute understanding about some seriously dark topics, mainly domestic abuse. And that depth of knowledge from a writer always makes me wonder, "Are you that good of a researcher and writer, that perceptive of other's experiences that you can articulate it so well? Or did this very thing happen in some way to you?"

Either way, it's a book that pulls you in. Enjoyable isn't the word because of the aforementioned darkness, but Moriarty still manages to instill humor into almost every page. Her characters are more caricatures of people we've all met, which makes for some amusing dialogue and personalities. I can imagine that mothers of school-aged kids would find this book particularly funny.

I found myself rooting for characters and against others. There were some predictable arcs in the storyline, but it didn't bother me one bit. 

You can tell she's funny in real life just by her writing in a fictional story and I love when authors write that way. I would highly recommend this one.

Who is this book for?

People who like darker comedy: Yes.
People who like dry jokes: Yep.
Parents of kindergarteners: Yes. The politics are a little hilarious.
Men: I don't think men would dislike this book, but there definitely aren't any "winner" male characters.

What does this book say?

Mothers took their mothering so seriously now. Their frantic little faces. Their busy little bottoms strutting into school in their tight gym gear. Ponytails swinging. Eyes fixed on the mobile phones held in the palms of their hands like compasses.

... there was real pain in the world, right at this very moment people were suffering unimaginable atrocities and you couldn't close your heart completely, but you couldn't leave it wide open either, because otherwise how could you possibly live your life, when through pure, random luck you got to live in paradise? You had to register the existence of evil, do the little that you could, and then close your mind and think about new shoes.

The Botts...All giggles.

The Botts...All giggles.

The Cohen Family...A Lot of Estrogen.

The Cohen Family...A Lot of Estrogen.

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