Courtney & Kylee
Catch up on last month’s read here.
Can I just say that I absolutely loved this book! I had read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty years ago and remembered enjoying it. Liane’s writing is so engaging and real. I’m all about relationships so I shouldn’t be surprised that this book was a page turner for me. Thing is, there’s the whole murder mystery going on while you’re getting sucked into the characters’ lives. Loved it! It had been quite a while since I really looked forward to curling up with a book. I have to admit that there were a few little plot twists I didn’t see coming. Figured the general gist of how things would go down but was pleasantly surprised by a few of the details…enough said (I don’t want to ruin it for others).
There were several social issues woven throughout the story. Liane Moriarty handled them so skillfully that you soaked them in and kept rolling along with the plot. I liked that I found myself wondering on more than one occasion “how would I respond if I were placed in the same situation” or “what would I have done”? One of those personal reflections followed the revelation of Abigail’s “special project.” I’ve raised four teenagers so could totally relate to the power struggle between Abigail, completely invested in her “project” to the point of blindly and irrationally putting herself in harm’s way, and Madeleine, struggling to rein Abigail in and “make” her see the danger and consequences of her proposed plan. Been there a few times. It’s rough. And, technology adds a whole new dimension to parenting that today’s parents have to navigate in order to protect their children. Loved, loved, loved this book. Highly recommend it!
We picked the book this month due to my co-workers having all watched the HBO mini-series and loving it. But I wanted to start with the book first. I have to agree with Courtney on this one. It’s funny trying to explain the plot of the book to someone because yes there’s a murder mystery, but that is really not the main focus. It’s such an interesting social commentary without getting preachy or redundant. I found myself getting so thoroughly sucked into the lives of the characters that I would almost get taken off guard when the narration would switch back to remind everyone there was a murder that went down.
The thing I unexpectedly loved most about this book was the absolute girl power behind it. When I started the book, and with preconceived notions based on comments my coworkers had made about the show, I thought there would be endless cat fights and girl-on-girl crime (and I’m not saying I’m above that, sometimes those plots are just what I want to see). But I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there is some fighting between women, but for the most part it focuses instead on friendship, forgiveness, and support. I loved it. I loved the way this notion blanketed the ending, so not only were there a few twists and turns, but there was also a happy resolution with hurt feelings mended and adults acting like adults instead of angsty teens. All-in-all I loved this book, finished it in 4 days, and would recommend it to anyone looking for their next summer read.
Courtney’s rating on Big Little Lies: 10/10!
Kylee’s rating on Big Little Lies: 9/10!