June 05, 2017

Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Flatiron Books (MacMillan)
Hardcover: 415 pgs

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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. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite. Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

I could NOT put this book down!

Liane Moriarty has the most incredible talent and is the master of creating the ultimate suspense. She starts off with a simple, ordinary day/event/moment and hints that something extraordinary has taken its place. She is an expert at dragging it out, revealing only tidbits at a time, and making it worth every second of the wait. In the case of Truly Madly Guilty, it begins with something as simple as a backyard barbecue between friends and neighbors. But something's happened. Something's gone wrong. Something's turned everyone's worlds upside down and you literally will not put the book down until you figure out what that is.

What I truly enjoyed about this novel was the fact that every character is authentic and relatable. Their relationships, their ambitions, their struggles -- they're all something that most everyone can relate to within their own lives. Moriarty's characters have such nuances that you can imagine they live right next door to you. It's not something you find often -- or at least, I don't -- and I commend her so much for her talent.

The one issue I had with this book is that it took me a long time (longer than I'd care to admit) to distinguish between each of the characters and who were in relationships. I kept getting confused and it wasn't until three-quarters of the way through that I finally could say with certainty who was which.

Other than that one glitch, I thought this book was phenomenal. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts!

5 out of 5 stars.

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