Book Reviews / Food for Thought

Book Review: Big Little Lies

Someone is dead.  We know the death occurred at a school trivia night (of all places) and that the names of three women – Madeline, Celeste, and Jane – are on everyone’s lips.  We immediately rewind to Kindergarten orientation day when the three women form a bond over champagne that is quickly tested when Jane’s son is accused of bullying and she becomes an outcast.

As the trivia night approaches we learn more about each woman.  Madeline is brassy and fiercely loyal.  She’s the “fun friend.”  Though she has found happiness in her second marriage, she still holds a grudge against the ex-husband who left her and lets thoughts of him “stealing” their daughter’s affection consume her.  Celeste is haltingly beautiful and absurdly wealthy.  Everyone is in awe of her perfect life, but they don’t see that her constant air of distraction hints at problems at home.  Jane is the new girl in town.  She is young, mousy, and trying to escape her past.

Pirriwee is an idyllic beach town and quaint suburbia at it’s finest.  The local coffee shop is the kind of place where everybody knows your name, dads go surfing during their lunch break, and moms all help out regularly at school.  When everything is so “perfect”, it’s that much more fun to watch scandal erupt.

4 out of 5 stars.

big little lies

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