Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Traveling With T received this copy at BEA for consideration of a review.

Big Little Lies

Kindergarten orientation. Career Moms vs Stay at Home Moms. Bullying. School politics. And a dead body. The lives of these families will never be the same.

BIG LITTLE LIES begins with a trivia night and an elderly woman talking to her cat about the folks at the school. By the end of the first chapter- we know that someone died. We don’t know who. We don’t know why. But we are treated to bits and pieces of info from the parents all throughout the book- as well as a countdown to X time before Trivia Night- when the incident went down. Continue reading

Identity by Ingrid Thoft

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Identity

It’s been a couple of months since Fina’s last big case- and if anyone deserves a break- it’s Fina. But a break is not in store. When Carl, Fina’s dad and boss, calls her to the firm- she goes. When she gets there, she finds herself in the middle of a case that she’d rather not be involved with- actually, she’d rather be doing anything else, but this case. Continue reading

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

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The Secret Life of Violet Grant

In 1964, Vivian Schuyler- smart, beautiful, and with more charm than the law allows has decided to pursue a career as opposed to living the life of carefree bliss that her family desires her to live. One day, at the post office, in the course of picking up a parcel- Vivian’s life takes a change- a tall drink of water helps Vivian take her parcel home and when she finds out what the parcel is- well, it opens Vivian to a world she had not known and makes her question many things.¬† Continue reading

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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The Vacationers

The Post family (plus 2 friends and a girlfriend) will be spending 2 weeks in Mallorca, Spain. 2 glorious weeks on vacation with friends and loved ones. What could be better? Well…. turns out a lot could be better. This vacation is not the fun filled trip that it should be.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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When facing Pandora’s box- do you dare to open it? Or is it better to leave Pandora’s box alone?

Secrets. Some are dark. Some are dirty. Some are kept for honorable reasons. Some are kept for dishonorable reasons. Some secrets have the power to hurt for just awhile- almost like a paper cut. Others, though, have a domino effect- the secret just keeps on hurting. Secrets can bond people- but mainly, a secret hurts, hurts everyone who is involved.

Cecilia might never would have known her life was going to change had her middle daughter not been obsessed with learning about the Berlin Wall. One day, Cecilia is a happily married woman, successful, with 3 beautiful girls, the next day, she is a woman looking at Pandora’s box (or shall I say envelope?) wondering what to do? Why did her husband write a letter to her to be opened after he dies? What should she do? Open it? Not open it? Confront her husband? Not tell him? When Cecilia chooses- she chooses wrong. Or does she?

Tess gets the shock of her life when her husband tells her he’s in love with her cousin. Tess, knowing from personal experience, that she doesn’t want her child growing up with divorced parents leaves to go live with her mom for a bit. Her mom has broken her ankle- so it gives her an excuse. When Tess leaves, her intention is to let this affair play out- to let her husband have his fun and then come back to her. Tess, though, learns more about herself in this separation than she counted on. Tess’s husband has no way of knowing what he released from Pandora’s box- but something was released. Can Pandora’s box ever be sealed back? Does Tess even want it to be after she begins to see life differently?

Rachel has known joy and she has known profound and unrelenting pain. Pain that began because of what happened to her daughter. Joy that showed back in her because of her grandson. When her son and daughter in law announce they are moving to New York City and taking Rachel’s joy- she is miserable because pain will the be the only thing left in her life. Rachel feels the pain so strongly- she wants to know who is responsible for her pain, wants them to suffer. One day, Rachel gets an answer to her wish. But, not in the form she was hoping for.

Three women. Secrets. Three women, linked by the secrets, although two of the women are much closely linked than the other. A secret, that in the end, they would have been better off not knowing. Secrets show the best and worst side of a person. Show how far a person is willing to go to save themselves, their families, their lives. Some secrets need to be revealed. Some, though, should stay locked forever in the proverbial Pandora’s box.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

The Husband’s Secret at first begin on a disjointed note- a letter and talk of the Berlin Wall. The reader may wonder how the two are related- and then acknowledge the simplistic explanation that is given. However, look closer. Liane Moriarty has a deeper reason- each of her characters lives now have a Berlin Wall in them. Go forward and life may change. Stay where you are- and you could be ok. But life, whichever you choose, will not be the same as it was before the Berlin Wall. The women’s stories overlap each other, twist and turn in ways around the others that is not immediately apparent. As the reader turns the pages faster to find out what the secret is; the women’s stories are providing clues. By the end of the book- the reader will have examined their moral code in a vast new light. Highly discussable for book clubs- as potentially the most popular questions will be: Do you open the letter or not?

*This book was provided to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.