Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Summary from Goodreads:
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 had high expectations for this novel, mainly because I love Moriarty's writing style and have now read all of her novels. It was an enjoyable read but not my favorite of her works.
It is hard to explain Moriarty's books, it seems to me she had created her own genre of contemporary mixed with light thriller/mystery that follows various characters everyday lives but adds in the dash of mystery. It was slow burn/build up to the main twists that took a while but the end result was disappointing.
Her characters are always fleshed out and unique and that is one thing that stayed constant in this novel, good characters. It is always easy to connect with her characters and picture them as a real people, even if some of them were a bit over the top.
I enjoyed this style with some of her other novels but this one just seemed to be lacking something and the twist/ending was interesting but did not leave much of a impact.
I still recommend checking this out if you enjoy Moriarty's writing and want a interesting read.
3.5 Stars Out of 5