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Book Review: Big Little Lies & Truly Madly Guilty

Hi, friends!

Long time no chat – exciting, exciting things are brewing for the Benitezes, and I’ve been rather preoccupied. More to come on that later!

Last year was pretty crazy – planning a wedding, moving in together, and all the wildness included with those milestones. We’re a quarter into 2017 (let that sink in), and I’ve found some normalcy to my routine. Not too much because that would be boring. But enough to be back to one of my most cherished past times: reading!

Today I thought I’d share two reviews from my most recent reads: Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. Both are by Liane Moriarty, and I found both to be highly enjoyable! Here are my thoughts:

Big Little Lies

When I saw that this was to be a new HBO show with some great actresses, I became intrigued. Further, this book was trending on my Good Reads app, so without hesitation, I purchased the it.

From the get go, I was hooked! My favorite thing about this book is how skillfully Moriarty crafted the characters – each was so identifiable, and I had several moments where I thought “hey, I know someone like that!” At times the realness of the characters had me rolling over laughing!

The story revolves around statements being made about a death that occurred on the school’s infamous trivia night. These statements are sprinkled throughout chapters describing events leading up to the death. It’s set in Australia and centered on school parent politics gone wrong. It was such a quick read for me because I found it so entertaining; I finished it in 4 or 5 days, and now I am so pumped to watch the show!

Truly Madly Guilty

After finishing Big Little Lies, I was interested in reading more from Moriarty. Truly Madly Guilty was named one of Good Reads’ top books for 2016; however, many reviewers commented on it having poor character development and leaving you unsatisfied with the ending. I decided to take a chance and make my own judgement.

I found this book to be less humorous than Big Little Lies, and more raw, realistic. The characters aren’t as likable because the plot focuses on their flaws.

This story revolves around a mystery accident that occurs at a neighborhood barbecue and is similar to Big Little Lies in that more information about the accident is revealed as the storyline progresses at a different point in time.

I think Moriarty makes remarkable observances about childhood trauma, as well as about marriages in this work. I found the conclusion to be touching, and enjoyed this book as much as Big Little Lies, just in different ways.

I highly recommend either book if you are on the hunt for a new read! Find me on Good Reads here to see what I’m reading now!

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