Oh man did I love this book! I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s previous books, but this one literally had me holding my breath in anticipation for the next page.
She brilliantly and seamlessly shifted view points from each character and made it incredibly easy to lose yourself as you hungrily consume every word.
The story concentrates on a simple, ordinary barbecue at the house of a friendly neighbor and the people who were there that day. Three couples: Vid, Tiffany and their daughter Dakota, Erika and Oliver, and Clementine, Sam and their daughters Ruby and Holly.
What began as a normal day quickly turns into a day none of them will ever be able to forget, and will alter the course of each one of their lives.
The entire book is set around the barbecue and the characters mostly talk around the subject without fully divulging what actually happened. They drop huge hints, but there is a very enjoyable buildup until you reach the climax of finding out what went on. There are also very interesting sub-plots that are happening as well that move along nicely while you wait for the details of the barbecue to be revealed. I find that in some books the sub-plots can be kind of flimsy and you find yourself wanting to skip ahead so you can find out what’s going on with the primary plot, but this book never had that problem. Everything blends together so nicely and there is truly never a dull moment. I tore through this book very quickly and it never failed to keep the story interesting, and the ending really tied the whole book together. Nothing is left open to interpretation and you get answers to all the lingering questions.
It’s largely a story about friendship, but it also tackles, parenthood, marriage, dealing with your past, secrets, lies, and how much one’s childhood can play a role in who they end up becoming.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good page turner. There is something for everyone, and lovers of all genres will find themselves enjoying “Truly Madly Guilty.”
Liane Moriarty hit it out of the park with this one. I was a fan of hers before, but this one catapults her up to one of the top spots on my list of favorite authors.
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