Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


Although I received a copy of this from NetGalley before it came out, unfortunately I didn’t get to this one until my book group decided to discuss it.  Liane Moriarty writes character driven books well with great insight into human behavior.  This is the third book of hers that I have read and enjoyed.  The story line revolves around three couples: one has a marriage on the rocks, another is struggling with fertility issues unbeknownst to their best friends, and the last couple leads the high life in an extravagant house, and the wife has a secret past.  In her typical style, Moriarty skillfully unfolds the story in alternating chapters about the characters, and the book also alternates back and forth in time.  She lets the reader know that something horrible happened at a BBQ all three couples attended along with the children, but she keeps you in suspense for a large portion of the book.  Woven throughout is a concert cellist stressed out about an upcoming audition of a lifetime, the death of a cranky difficult neighbor, a resentful friendship on one end and a clingy one on the other end, a mother with hoarding issues, several secrets,  struggles raising a family, and, of course, guilt.  My one issue with the book (and it’s a minor one) is that it took way too long to find out what happened at the BBQ.  At first it was suspenseful, but then it turned frustrating.  I will say it didn’t go the way I thought it would, and the book does have some unexpected twists that keep it interesting.  Her books are easy reading yet have a lot of substance to them.  My book group had a lively time discussing this one. Although it wasn’t my favorite book of hers, I would still definitely recommend it.



2 thoughts on “Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

  1. Gretchen Collins says:

    I usually really enjoy her books and gave up on this one. Just did not catch my interest. So was interested to hear that it took you awhile but you felt it was worthwhile.


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