Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so thoroughly that you just had to find more books written by that author? Last year I read the book The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and let’s just say… the secret is GOOD! When I came down from my high after finishing that masterpiece of a book I immediately searched the Guelph Public Library for any other books written by the Australian wordsmith. To my pleasant discovery the good ol’ GPL had all six of her bestselling books, so naturally, I began my journey on what I like to call “I’m reading all of Liane Moriarty’s books”…succinct and to the point, I think.
So far I have read Big, Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and What Alice Forgot and these three books have all captured my attention – front cover to
back. You’re probably wondering what I like so much about her work; there are a couple elements. To being with, I enjoy the way she effortlessly transitions from the present story being told, to glimpses of the past like in The Husband’s Secret or What Alice Forgot or to the future like Big, Little Lies. Generally, I don’t enjoy this style of writing, but Moriarty writes the transition in such a way that the jumps between time act as clues to how the story develops, and thus the story naturally plays out like a mystery novel.
That being said, the element that I truly enjoy about her writing is the way that Moriarty captures the tiny nuances of everyday life. I found her characters to have depth and to have relatable issues that many of us can relate to (moms… am I right?). She provides details about relationships, family logistics and introspection that make you want to snap your fingers and say “Preach!” without all those details feeling cumbersome. I promise you’ll enjoy these novels and that you, too, will begin your “I’m reading all of Liane Moriarty’s books” journey.