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I apologize for the delay on this review! I planned on doing it much earlier since I finished reading the book in January. However, with the release of the television show on HBO – I wanted to hold off so I could compare the novel and the show together. I do not want to reveal any big spoilers for the story here so if you want to know what happens, I recommend buying the book or watching the show!
First, I want to discuss the novel. The story follows multiple families who are interconnected because their children all go to the same school. We learn in the beginning of the story that someone was murdered at the school’s Trivia Night; however, we do not know who died or who killed them until the conclusion of the story. The rest of the book follows these families lives leading up to Trivia Night and we slowly gather details about these relationships, secrets are revealed, and the reader slowly draws upon their own conclusions about what happened that night. In the end, Trivia Night reveals multiple shocking twists and the big mystery is finally revealed. The ending will leave you shocked and satisfied all at once – a strange talent that the author has and is able to utilize in all her writing.
The author, Liane Moriarty, is extremely talented. Big Little Lies is only one of many amazing books that she has written. I have read a few of her stories including: What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, and of course Big Little Lies. She recently released another novel, Truly Madly Guilty which I have not read yet, but plan on diving into soon.
Fun fact – Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman just produced and starred in the television series of Big Little Lies and are also producing the movie adaptation of Truly Madly Guilty! I would say they are big fans of hers as well!
Liane Moriarty’s writing abilities are extraordinary. I would describe her stories as mystery novels with a hint of romance. She has a way of describing human relationships, romantic and otherwise, that are realistic and relatable. Additionally, her stories tend to feature many relationships that are connected and intertwined in beautiful ways. Finally, Liane Moriarty’s biggest strength, like I said before, is her way to include unexpected twists that leave her audience shocked and strangely satisfied all at the same time. She has a way of using interesting storylines, complex relationships, and vivid details that have me reading her books in just a few days! I even read The Husband’s Secret in one night!
Now, the TV version just had its finale last week and I am finally all caught up! The television series Big Little Lies did a great job at adapting the book for the small screen. I do not usually like television/movie adaptations of novels. I am one of those people that prefers the books, mainly because they tend to include more information and back story. The more details, the better! Additionally, I have a very vivid imagination so the television/movie adaptations typically do not align with what I had pictured in my mind. However, that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this television adaption. While they did make some changes from the novel, I personally did not feel that any of the changes were significant enough to distract from the main storyline. Again, I’m not going to go into detail since I do not want to ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t read/watched it yet, but essentially the story follows the same premise that I discussed above throughout both mediums.
All in all, this story-line is one that will hold your attention and leave you desperately wanting to know more. If you are like me, you will be flipping through the pages or binging the entire season in a minimal amount of time. I highly recommend reading/watching this book/show!
I am curious what everyone else thought! If you’ve read the book or watched the show, did you enjoy it? If you’ve done both like me, do you think any of the changes in the television series effected the story? How did the adaptation hold up in your eyes? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay tuned for my next book review – The Magnolia Story! If you want to see what other books I’ll be reading this year, check out My Book Club post!