“A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads.” – Goodreads
First let me just say, what a book! This fantastic novel follows the story of three woman: Madeline, Celeste and Jane. Jane is new to town and meets Madeline on the first day of school for her son Ziggy. Madeline takes Jane under her wing and sees something fragile in Jane. Shortly Celeste joins these two to make a formidable trio. A trio of moms that have deep secrets. Celeste is gorgeous and seems to have everything, Madeline is fiery and doesn’t take things lying down and Jane is soft spoken but with a endearing quality that draws you to her.
These woman make the story. Not that the story can’t stand by itself. It burns slowly and takes flame – it will leave you breathless!
When Jane’s son Ziggy gets accused of hurting another student, things start spiraling. Jane doesn’t believe her son could do such thing, but deep down she wonders. Madeline is in defense mode and starts fighting everyone who thinks Jane’s son could do such a thing. Celeste isn’t sure and tries to keep her distance from the situation. But things are never as easy. As fights erupt everywhere, whispers follow them. The author does a great job at masking what exactly happens at the end, leading you to it by giving you just enough information when you need it.
I won’t say it is the most original plot line ever devised, but the way it was written and the characters make it an A+!
I watched the TV series before I read the book. I don’t regret it. I like picturing the characters as they are in the show when I read the book. But I must say the casting was well done! And the acting even better! The show is an instant favorite and I will watch it again.
Here are some changes I noted between the book and the show, as well as some comments: (SPOILERS)
– The show has no Fred (not that he was really relevant).
– I loved that the book had a bigger Tom angle. The show could have done with that!
– I actually much preferred the trivia night part of the show. The fact that Perry attacked like that and how he knew it was over when he saw Jane was more impact-full.
– I also prefer that Bonnie never confessed in the show.
– The ending with all the woman being friends with their kids at the beach was great! The book is a bit sad because Renata leaves, but Jane and Tom get together, which is great!
– I also liked how Celeste paid for Abigail’s project, which is better than her leaving it in the show.
– I would have liked to see Perry’s funeral in the show.
– Why did they make Madeline have an affair in the show? Very unnecessary!
I must say both the show and the book is going to be a favorite for a long long time!
This got a 9/10 from me.