Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

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"The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we don't appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it's too late. "What a wonderful writer--smart, wise, funny." --Anne Lamott Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families. 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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250069795
Branch Call Number: FIC Moriarty L
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 22, 2020

When every chapter ended I thought "What happened at that barbecue!?"....great suspense! Loved it!

Sep 02, 2020

Moriarty’s ability to write with depth and psychological astuteness is nothing short of profound.

Apr 18, 2020

Excellent read. A virtual page turner.

Nov 30, 2019

This book is too long and drawn out. It got repetitive and boring. It could of been 60 pages or so pages shorter and had the same ending. Don't bother with this one.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

Moriarty’s writing is on another level. I am always stunned by her rare ability to write many layered characters. By the end, you truly feel like you know them on a deeply personal level. All of their flaws and quirks are laid bare and you can’t help but love them.

This book is arguably one of Moriarty’s best. The relationships she creates are so wonderfully complicated and there is a lot of depth to each of her characters. Even minor details prove to have larger significance as the story progresses. Each big reveal is not only surprising, but adds increased depth to the story.

I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story, and I felt the characters emotions as if they were my own. I was so caught up in each moment that I felt like I was actually living the experience through the perspective of each character.

The performer of this book, Caroline Lee, does all of Moriarty’s audiobooks. Her voice infuses the story with just the right amount of snark and truly captures the seriousness, the wit, and the humor that is signature to Moriarty’s novels.

May 27, 2019

I am just about finished reading this book, and I really enjoyed the fleshing out of each character! The characters, children and adults alike, are very believable. Feeling guilty about being a "pretend friend", or being an "irresponsible person", or being "just plain nasty", can have a lasting negative effect on your own life and other people's lives.

Apr 19, 2019

I believe I have read too many of Moriarty's books. I was blasé about the hint-of-the-disastrous-future-event: though I've enjoyed this technique in her books before, it's too familiar now.

Jan 14, 2019

This story is laid out similarly to Big Little Lies where the story unfolds by jumping between the past and the present, centered around one big incident. The first two thirds felt really slow to me and I had a hard time really feeling engaged. Reflecting on the story as a whole, I think it is an interesting examination of how different people react to and process the aftermath of a shocking event. It has made me wonder how I would respond and react in the same situation.

Overall, I liked the examination of people, human behaviour, instincts, and our inevitable fallibility. However, I'm not sure that the back-and-forth storytelling or pacing quite worked for me.

Dec 01, 2018

As with all of this author’s books, I love the great effort she puts into her research whether it be Sydney’s detailed suburban geography, the idiosyncrasies of cello acoustics or the unpredictable explosiveness of a Meditation Retreat. It threads so much substance and credibility into her work.

Karen_Weber Oct 10, 2018

I have become a true fan of Liane Moriarty's work. She develops rich characters in relatable settings. Then she will go and develop rich characters in madcap settings and still somehow make them relatable. In Truly Madly Guilty, she strings out her story to us snippets of "before", "after" and "during" a devastating family event, and not necessarily in that order. The story is about friendships, family, marriage, young children, and the trappings and gifts that each gives. Well done, Ms. Moriarty. Can't wait for the next book!

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SPL_Brittany Aug 08, 2016

Just an ordinary day at an ordinary barbecue, what could possibly go wrong? That is exactly what couples Oliver and Erika, Sam and Clementine contemplate as they accept a last minute barbecue invitation from Erika and Oliver’s exuberant neighbours Vid and Tiffany.  Fast forward two months later and Sam, Clementine, Erika and Oliver keep asking themselves “What if we hadn’t gone?”

Clementine and Erika are childhood best friends with a complicated relationship whose lives and personalities couldn’t be more different. Clementine is a cellist is married to Sam, with two adorable young daughters, a chaotic life and an “anything goes” attitude toward parenting. Erika alternatively is married to Oliver, who both are accountants with type-A personalities, fraught childhoods, and are childless. Neighbours to Erika and Oliver, Vid is someone who enjoys all that life has to offer and with his "smoking hot" wife Tiffany, loves to host gatherings in their home in Sydney. None of them, especially Vid expected their lives to change the night of the barbecue and expose secrets that had been carefully tucked away.

In her new novel Truly Madly Guilty, Moriarty examines the foundation and strengths of relationships, marriages and parenthood. She writes a fast paced novel that will keep you wondering what happened the night of the barbecue to affect the lives of all who attended. This is a great read for the beach as well as for readers who enjoy solving mysteries through various point of views and timelines.  

-- Brittany Meadows, Public Service Librarian


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May 23, 2018

(Erika) I didn't want you to know that my best friend feels that way about me" …
(Hubby replies) I'm your best friend, Erika, don't you know that?


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