So I have told you I am obsessed with Liane Moriarty. I am telling you again. I am obsessed with her. I think she is such a fantastic writer. She is funny and smart and really makes you think. And since the new HBO series Big Little Lies (based on her book) is starting February 19th, I thought it would be a good time to tell you a little bit about each of her books and the way I would rank them.
This is Moriarty’s most recent book. It revolves around the events that occur at a barbecue, and the aftermath of these events. You know early on that something horrible happened at the barbecue, but it slowly unfolds what happens, which is kind of her thing. You can read more of my review here.
Big Little Lies centers around 3 women who are all moms at a school and friends. The main event is a school trivia night, and the book goes from the present (which is the trivia night) to the time leading up to it. You know at the beginning someone has died, but you don’t know who. (Read more here).
The Husband’s Secret is about the secrets we all have and the choices we make. The book follows three women who are the main characters, and really centers around a letter than one of the main character’s finds written to her from her husband. (Read more here).
Alice wakes up and is being take to the emergency room after she has fallen in an exercise class, which is weird because she doesn’t exercise. As it turns out, Alice has forgotten 10 years of her life after her fall. She remembers being pregnant with her first child, but doesn’t remember having her three children. And her marriage has fallen apart and she doesn’t remember that either. So she tries to connect the dots, figure out what has happened and how to fix things.
Ellen is a hypnotherapist who works out of her beach house. She has a great life, but no husband (or boyfriend) or children. And she has made her peace with that. But then she goes on a date with Patrick, and she really likes him. On their date he reveals that he has a stalker, which would send most women running but Ellen finds to be really interesting.
The main character Sophie inherits a house on a tiny island from her ex-boyfriend’s aunt Connie (Sophie completely broke his heart). The island is home of the famous unsolved Munro Baby mystery – where a couple disappeared from the island and left behind their baby. The family of the people who found the baby (Aunt Connie found the baby with her sister) are the ones that own the island and run a museum centered around the mystery. Sophie moves to the island and becomes involved with the family, where everyone has secrets.
Lynn, Cat and Gemma are triples, and all completely opposite. Lynn is super organized and somewhat of a perfectionist, Cat thought she had the perfect marriage (until she learns a big secret) and struggles with infertility, and Gemma is he free spirit – afraid of commitment and dumps every boyfriend after a few months. It deals with love and relationships, sibling rivalry, secrets and the trials and tribulations of being a triple.
Two things I love about Moriarty’s writing style – 1. I love the way you slowly find things out. For example, in Big Little Lies, you know someone died but it takes a long time to find out who. The suspense if great. 2. I love the way she weaves the characters’ lives together, and they all tend to connect in some way in the end. Kind of like Love Actually.
Out of all of them, Big Little Lies is my favorite. But I think it is because I read it first. My aunt read The Husband’s Secret first and that is her favorite. So with those two, I really think it depends on what you read first. After that, I would say What Alice Forgot is next. My least favorite is Three Wishes. It isn’t that is isn’t good, but it was her first book so I feel like maybe it isn’t quite as strong as the others. In the middle are Truly, Madly, Guilty, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Last Anniversary. All are really good but in different ways. Honestly, the only one I didn’t think was stellar was Three Wishes, and again, it is really good just not as good.
Have you read any (or all) of Liane Moriarty’s books? I suggest you start with Big Little Lies, if you haven’t, so then you can watch the series and we can talk about it (Reese Witherspoon is in it, it can’t be bad!!) Are you excited about the show?
Anyway, I highly recommend you read them all. Happy reading!