Published by Flatiron Books on July 26th 2016
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.
I love Liane Moriarty. Her books are always kind of fun and twisty. I was super excited for this one and so happy to get my grabby hands on an early copy (thanks Nicole!!). Unfortunately, this one wasn’t my favorite from her.
There three couples and three children who are at a barbecue when something happens. This something changes their lives and has a very big impact on everyone there. We spend the book going back and forth from the present day in a very rainy Australia following these couples and seeing the effects of the barbecue while going back to the day of and after the barbecue.
First thing is it seemed kind of long. The build up to the reveal took a long time then I kept waiting for more and it wasn’t really there. I think it totally could have been shorter and had the same quality of story.
I did like the variations of the characters and their relationships as couples and with each other. I thought the look at that and their reactions after the incident was interesting.
What was missing for me was Moriarty’s classic way of winding all the people together and having that “gotcha ya” moment with some grand twist where it all makes sense and blows your mind at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, there were threads that tied the story and individuals together and there was a reveal or a moment – none of it was as impactful as her previous books that I loved though.
Still, I thought it was a solid read and am excited for more from Liane Moriarty.