Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Moriarty is great. She writes with humor and unconventional insight about contemporary issues, in this case, divorce and parenting after divorce, domestic violence, and school bullying. The novel's structure is also clever, bringing the reader closer and closer to the school trivia night, where something dreadful occurred. Quotes from parents and police introduce each chapter and offer clues about what happened and why it might have happened. In contrast to What Alice Forgot, Big Little Lies paints with a broader brush, but is still enjoyable and effective.