Wednesday, September 03, 2014
First Wednesday Book Review Club
BIG LITTLE LIES is set in an Australian suburb and focuses on three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool and secrets of their own. Throughout the course of the novel each one's strengths and weaknesses impact the others. One's married to a businessman so wealthy she can write checks without concern--they have a handsome set of twins but perhaps there is a chink in their marriage. Another is a super mom who can’t prevent her teenage daughter from wanting to live with the Dad who deserted them and remarried a younger woman. How irksome this must be. The third is a single mother with challenges of her own.Her child has reached the age when questions will be asked.
It is the possible actions of her young son that sparks the narrative.
It is hard to convey why Moriarty's book keep you reading because in many ways they are middlebrow domestic novels and she deals in the same types from book to book. But she is able to infuse each of her novels with secrets, lies, and a page-turning style. The book grows dark so don't confuse it with some of the lighter fare written for women.There are several gut-wrenching story lines in here.
If I were to be critical, I think Morarty's books are too long and she is too comfortable with writing endlessly about comfortable upper middle-class women. Paring down some of the repetitive banter and coincidences would strengthen it for me. But a lot of people love a book you can sink in to and she understands this very well. I put down a lot of books for various reasons, but I finish hers.
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