Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.Clementi...

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Title:Truly Madly Guilty
Author:Liane Moriarty
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Truly Madly Guilty Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    Something terrible happened at a BBQ, a BBQ that three couples plus three young children attended. Whether this book works for the reader depends on patience, patience because it takes quite awhile before, we find out what happened. Not that a great deal, back stories of the characters, their thoughts, doesn't happen in alternating chapters, so it depends on how interesting you find their stories. Obviously it worked for me.

    So much is happening here, a troubled marriage, a cellist with a big upc

    Something terrible happened at a BBQ, a BBQ that three couples plus three young children attended. Whether this book works for the reader depends on patience, patience because it takes quite awhile before, we find out what happened. Not that a great deal, back stories of the characters, their thoughts, doesn't happen in alternating chapters, so it depends on how interesting you find their stories. Obviously it worked for me.

    So much is happening here, a troubled marriage, a cellist with a big upcoming audition, IVF, hoarding, pole dancing, a resentful friendship etc. How this author puts this story together and makes it work is like a magic trick. So easy to read, flows right along, the two little girls providing a great deal of humor and the observations of people and marriages that can only be described as insightful. Easy to relate to because I know people like some of these in this book. The ending was a little pat for my taste but I so enjoyed getting there that I decided to leave my rating as it is.

    I haven't liked all her books as much as her last two but she has the knack of taking and exaggerating human foibles to put together amazing stories. Lighter fiction, because of the tone, but with a little bite.

    ARC from publisher.

  • Carol

    This

    building character-driven story of a disastrous BBQ truly tested my intestinal fortitude, but I stuck it out, and once I made it to the half-way point

    when the

    proposal is

    made, the first shocking twist occurred tempting me to stay with it and discover what would happen next.

    This

    building character-driven story of a disastrous BBQ truly tested my intestinal fortitude, but I stuck it out, and once I made it to the half-way point

    when the

    proposal is

    made, the first shocking twist occurred tempting me to stay with it and discover what would happen next.

  • Tanesha

    Oh geez, don't shoot the messenger here but this one left me flat. I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty, but not only was this book about 200 pages too long, the storyline was weak, I didn't like any of the characters, and the "big reveal/secret" Moriarty usually puts in her books was a big letdown. Once it came out, and believe me, the almost 300 pages leading up to it was hard enough, all I could think was "that's what all of these people are going on about?" I think the main issue is that they jus

    Oh geez, don't shoot the messenger here but this one left me flat. I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty, but not only was this book about 200 pages too long, the storyline was weak, I didn't like any of the characters, and the "big reveal/secret" Moriarty usually puts in her books was a big letdown. Once it came out, and believe me, the almost 300 pages leading up to it was hard enough, all I could think was "that's what all of these people are going on about?" I think the main issue is that they just aren't very likable or particularly interesting people. That's part of the point of many of her stories I know..bad things happen to normal people living in the burbs...but this group is more blah than usual. The rest is a back and forth between the characters that was still very slow to unfold and pretty predictable. Only my love for her past books got me to finish this - almost any other author, and I'd have stopped less than halfway through.

    I'll still read anything else Moriarty puts out, but this one sadly for me was not a good one at all.

  • Emily May

    Maybe I'm just spoiled by domestic thriller authors like

    and

    , maybe I want all the wrong things from Moriarty, but whatever the reason, her books never pull me in. This is the third of her books that I've tried and once again I’m overcome by the

    , the

    … the sheer

    .

    Perhaps I do expect the wrong things, but I don't think that's completely my fault. I'm starting to realize that Moriarty's novels are given titles and descriptio

    Maybe I'm just spoiled by domestic thriller authors like

    and

    , maybe I want all the wrong things from Moriarty, but whatever the reason, her books never pull me in. This is the third of her books that I've tried and once again I’m overcome by the

    , the

    … the sheer

    .

    Perhaps I do expect the wrong things, but I don't think that's completely my fault. I'm starting to realize that Moriarty's novels are given titles and descriptions that make them sound so much more dramatic and mysterious than they really are.

    ,

    ,

    - secrets, lies and guilt, you say? Bring it on!

    Except her stories rarely venture outside of middle class soirées. The secrets are anticlimactic, leaving a "meh" sensation in their wake. I'm almost always left thinking “seriously, is that it?"

    I have to give credit where it's due - Moriarty seems in tune with human nature. She knows her characters well and they feel convincing. It was easy to imagine them as real people.

    .

    It opens being deliberately coy about the events of a barbecue that took place several months previously. Clearly something important happened between Erika and Clementine's families, but the

    , as the novel jumps between the day of the barbecue and the present, killed off most of my curiosity. Which, as it turned out, was just as well, because the answers are disappointing and the ending feels too neat.

    I'm sorry. I genuinely want to get on the Moriarty fanwagon, but I think it's time I admit her style is not one that draws me in, even if her titles and premises do. There are very few authors that can infuse everyday, mundane activities with tension (

    , for one) but Liane Moriarty, for me, is not one of them. I feel like I’m reading a flier advertising dish soap.

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  • Elaine

    Truly

    Madly

    Boring

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