In a small beach town in Australia, kindergarten is just about to start at the local elementary school. Jane is a young single mother who just moved into the town, and is nervous about making friends. Madeline has already put two children through kindergarten, so she takes Jane under her wing to help her adjust to the town and the school. Madeline is worried about her ex-husband and his daughter from his second marriage going to the same school as her daughter. Celeste is an old friend of Madeline’s and everyone around town thinks she is beautiful and lives a perfect life, but she and her husband have more problems than most would expect. Big Little Lies tells the stories of these three women and all the drama they encounter which leads up to the biggest night of the year, school trivia night, where someone dies.
I thought that this book was amazing and I loved reading about the troubles of all these moms and the “school politics” that deals with all the drama between the parents and the children. Reading about some of the issues certain spouses had behind closed doors was very chilling, because there were a lot of dangerous things going on but no one seemed to notice. I really enjoyed the structure of the book, which was very mysterious. It started off with six months before trivia night, and then each section of the book would get closer and closer to the actual night, but each chapter ended with a dialogue between a reporter investigating what happened after trivia night. Because of this, you know from the beginning that something bad happened and someone died, but it isn’t revealed until the end of the book. This made me want to keep reading and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes drama and suspense.