Review ~ Truly Madly Guilty

Posted August 1, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 40 Comments

Review ~ Truly Madly GuiltyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Published by Flatiron Books on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
3.5 Stars

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.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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40 responses to “Review ~ Truly Madly Guilty

  1. Good review. I reviewed this book today too! I think I enjoyed it a little more than you did, but I agree, it’s not Moriarty’s best book. The suspense kept me going, and I loved all of the complex relationships. I was torn on the rating, but settled on 4 stars – probably would have done 3.5 like you if I did half stars. I didn’t know much about it going in, and I’m glad because it would have killed the suspense. Clementine and Erika’s relationship was probably the most intriguing for me.
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  2. This looks so interesting! And the cover is so pretty 🙂 I’m sorry this wasn’t your favorite, but at least you ended up enjoying it anyway? The slow pacing and the draggy parts seem sound quite discouraging, but I’m quite interested by the premise and the synopsis. Thanks for bringing this book up, Grace! And lovely review 🙂

  3. Ha! Funny that I ended up rating this one (slightly) higher than you! I actually did think it was too long too, but I think I gave it some grace because I was thinking it was just my unfamiliarity with the genre that made it a slower read. Guess I’ll need to pick up one of Moriarty’s other books to get the full experience! 🙂
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  4. I’m currently listening to this audiobook! I love Liane Moriarty – some books more than others for sure. I loved THE HUSBAND’S SECRET because she was able to connect everyone together and the ending blew my mind. Because that was my first experience with her, I’ve come to expect that “gotcha!” crazy connecting moment at the end… and haven’t found it since. I liked BIG LITTLE LIES but I predicted that twist super early on. I’m definitely curious to see what the hell happened at this BBQ that everyone’s freaking out about, although I also have a prediction for that… Regardless, the sense of tension building as the chapters go back and forth is a fun ride!
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  5. I like the idea of the story weaving between present-day and then pre-“incident”, that was something that intrigued me from the synopsis, but I don’t know how I feel about the execution- especially since it felt long (no one has time for that ) I kind of want to read a spoilery review for the book just to know what the “thing” is, since let’s face it, I am not likely ever going to read this one! Sorry that it didn’t work out for you as well as the author’s past books have- I hope the next one is better! Great review!
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