Monday, September 19, 2016


Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liane Moriarty failed to disappoint in her latest novel, Truly Madly Guilty. Having read Three Wishes, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, she is clearly becoming one of my favorite modern authors. Her stories typically jump right in providing information a bit at a time until the driving event and central idea are revealed. In my opinion, Moriarty has always done a good job of tying up loose ends leaving the reader satisfied but not necessarily with a perfectly happy ending.

Truly Madly Guilty is a story is about three couples, three children, and the intertwining relationships of all six people. From the publisher's synopsis and the first chapter of the book, we know that something major occurred at a family barbecue one afternoon that affected and transformed the lives of all the characters. However, and this is my only complaint, we don't find out until more than halfway through the book what actually happened at the darn barbecue. I felt like the author dragged that bit out a little too long. The remainder of the book focuses on the after effects of the tragic event at barbecue. And that's where we see Moriarty at her best - character development. She has a knack for painting a vivid portrait of the characters and making them so relatable. We are truly all more alike than different, and I think by exposing the vulnerabilities in her characters is what makes them so realistic and relatable to her audience.

The other books I've read by this author don't necessarily end this way,  but Truly Madly Guilty's ending is a bit of a happily ever after. And I think it works for this storyline.

Recommendation: I enjoyed this book immensely, finishing it in less than one week. It tackles some heavy subjects in a lighthearted manner that makes you think but also leaves you with a smile. I think this is the author's trademark talent. I would recommend this read for a book club selection or a quick read on your own. A caveat - you must be patient and willing to endure the build-up. Enjoy the journey, and don't get so wrapped up in the destination. Her writing is simply marvelous!

Until next time ... Read on!


Post a Comment