‘Truly Madly Guilty’ by Liane Moriarty

tmg lmSTORY: 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?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

REVIEW: Clementine and Sam are married with two little girls. Clementine is a talented cellist practicing for an upcoming audition. Sam is finding his way in a new job. Their young daughters, Holly, and Ruby, are normal and happy children.

Erika and Oliver have been married for a number of years and do not have children. They both have good jobs.

Clementine and Erika have been friends since school. However, it’s a rather tenuous type friendship. So, when Erika invites Clementine and her family over for afternoon tea, Clementine reluctantly accepts the invitation.

Vid, Tiffany, and their daughter, Dakota, are Erika’s next door neighbors. An outgoing man, Vid loves to surround himself with people having a good time. Seeing Erika outside, he invites them to an impromptu barbecue. When Erika starts to decline the invitation because they are having Clementine and family over, Vid insists that they bring them as well.

On the other side of Vid and Tiffany lives Harry, a crotchety old man always complaining. No one really knows him well because he lives alone and keeps to himself.

As the barbecue begins, everyone slowly starts to relax and enjoy themselves with the good food, champagne, music, and laughs. But when something terrible happens, everyone’s world is thrown upside down.

As with all of this author’s novels, the reader peels open story one layer at a time. One doesn’t know what has happened until you get further into the book. There are lots of flashbacks that reveal facts a bit at a time. So, reviewing this book is a bit difficult because writing too much leads to spoilers.

I have enjoyed others of this author’s novels, but this one tended to drag for me. All of her books are long which adds to the anticipation of the finale. However, I think most people agree that you just cannot say “no” to a Laine Moriarity novel.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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