Big Little Lies by Laine Moriarty takes a while to get into. In the beginning, I felt confused and all over the place as the story took off without me. I didn’t engage with the characters right away and each chapter ended with an excerpt of a police interview from people I didn’t know or about things I didn’t understand yet. So it was a little off-putting. But I stuck with it because I loved The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot so I knew Moriarty had a good story in her.
I’m glad I stayed with it, because the story finally gelled and I was hooked. Big Little Lies centers around three women in a coastal town in Australia. While they don’t have much in common between them, they bond over the start of kindergarten and children the same age. As we get to know the ladies better, it becomes apparent that there are secrets that have shaped them in severe and shocking ways. The book continues–each chapter leading up to an event that someone doesn’t make it through alive–and you start to see how keeping their secrets has somehow lead to the death at the end. (None of that is a spoiler, you learn from the very beginning that someone has died and the police are investigating.)
Having read Moriarty before, I knew that the twist at the end would be good and worth the wait. It was and I enjoyed getting there once I settled into the book. Big Little Lies is a great read for a lazy weekend spent under blankets and drinking hot chocolate. And if the first 50-60 pages seem disjointed and confusing, just keep going, I promise you’ll be glad you did.