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Big Little Lies Review
“Oh, she’s so popular this summer,” a Waterstones assistant tells me as I try to buy this for my friend’s birthday. Instead, I choose Nine Perfect Strangers for her, which I have also read, along with Three Wishes. I am an ex-booker, now a Kindler. (I’ve long since given up my exclamations of “Oh, it’s not the same as holding a book in your hands,” etc. In fact, I’ve come to realize that I don’t want to store another book at home, or pack it in the grocery store. charity / save for next car boot sale: I just want to READ the bloody thing. And my last imposition, an arthritic thumb, sometimes makes holding books very painful, believe it or not. And I do buy the books that matter for me, like the latest Harry Hole or Rebus books. OK, why did I have to justify all that?)
One of my things with being a Kindler is that I just found another book by the same author, buy, rinse, and repeat. I ended up last summer reading about ten books, all based on the same premise as a haunted and abandoned place investigated by a lawyer / journalist / writer / cat. It was like eating a huge bag of licorice of all kinds. I enjoyed that each of them was a little different, but they all still had licorice and I felt a little sick at the end of the bag.
I have done this again with Liane Moriarty. I’m out of work for six weeks (yes, I work at a school, yes, I’m lucky, no, they don’t pay me, so stop trying), so I like to accumulate my readings in advance. With two holidays possibly out of Wifi (Cornwall and Spain), I have to get organized. (This is the same as the pile of books I had next to my bed: my son asked me mockingly why the hell did he have books he wanted to read NEXT in a pile near my bed. He is not a reader. I wonder if he is my son.)
Liane Moriarty’s bestseller Big Little Lies / Little Lies has been adapted for television, but I’m not interested in seeing it as it has become Americanized, and I liked it Australian. (I just realized from Wikipedia that Erik the True Blood vampire is in it, so I can change my mind …) While this will surely be the summer beach book, which sets his writing apart from other girls. .. on (I just like to read as much as fast food … ahem) is that its characters are real. You don’t always like everyone. It has a way to include sound snippets from unknown off-stage characters / interviewees that add to the story long enough to keep reading, it doesn’t give away much.
Big Little Lies will appeal to moms from school, Nine Perfect Strangers to fans of health spas / retreats and will hit the slopes, but just do it, and Three Wishes is just a story about triplets. They have never felt trash or in low light; They are well written, with no loose background or snippets of conversation that don’t sound good. Yes, they are easy to read, and that is very appealing for relaxing beach vacations, but these are more than that.
- Name: Big Little Lies
- Writer: Liane Moriarty
- Categories: English Literature, English Novel, On Sell
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425274861
- ISBN-13: 978-0425274866
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Customer Reviews: – 19,399 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120