I never thought that I would be at a point with reading books that I had an author who generally wrote books that I really like, but after reading a bit more over the last few years, I've found I really love Jody Picoult, and now Liane Moriarty as well. I read What Alice Forgot last year and found myself unable to do anything else until the book was finished, and I had similar feelings as I was listening to Big Little Lies a couple weeks ago. I also have Truly, Madly, Deeply in my Audible library right now as well.
The story starts off in Australia in an older woman's house. There is a ton of commotion and going back and forth at first, and it's hard to tell what exactly is going on. The first few chapters jump around quite a bit between the older woman's house, a crime scene investigation, and then the back story of leading up to the present.
After the first few chapters it gets a little easier to grab your bearings and get a hold of what's going on in the story, and I'd assume it wouldn't take that long if you were reading the story, and not listening to it on triple speed on your phone.
The story is about a bunch of women who all have children attending the same kindergarten class in the fall. At an orientation day before the school year starts, a little girl gets hit by another student, and the little girl's mom goes on a personal vendetta to make the accused "bully" and their mom suffer for the rest of the school year.
Two other mom's back up the accused mom and her son, and the three women become really close over the next few months. The mother of the accused son is actually very young, about 25 years old and is raising her son on her own. She had moved to this new town to chase after a ghost from her past, and the entire story builds up to the crime scene at the end where you find out how all these women's lives were really inter-tangled with one another, and the truth behind all their secrets and lies come out at once.
It really was a pretty great book, although there is definitely language in parts, and scenes that deal with sexual assault, domestic violence, and other heavy topics. So if that's not your cup of tea, you may want to steer away, but I did think that the book had an excellent story line, and I'd totally recommend it to someone else.