Liane Mariarty’s Big Little Lies is a masterful work of fiction about the residents of an Austrailian beach community. Nothing is quite what it seems to be and everyone has a secret. As the book opens, someone has died. Who, how and why will be revealed in a shocking sequence very late in the novel.
The main characters Madeline, Celeste, and Jane meet by happenstance and the events that drive the story are set into motion. The story is filled with rich engaging characters and delightful intrigue amongst the parents of the students of a primary school in the community. Interspersed with the narritive of the main characters are a series of comments made by supporting characters during the investigation following the death mentioned early on in the novel.
In large part the novel is a story of characters transforming themselves in the face of the struggles of every day relationships. Each of the characters is changed by the events of the book. The story is well written, genuine, humorous and touching. The only thing wrong with this novel is that it ends..oh calamity!