Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty; Is it Truly a Guilty Pleasure?

Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty Book Review
Let me start off by saying that I love Liane Moriarty.  I think she is a story-teller who captures the essence of people and the social interactions between them.  I’m a big fan of The Husbands Secret, The Last Anniversary and Big little lies (that incidentally is being made into an HBO series that I am dying to see)!

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With that being said, I think Truly, Madly, Guilty is highly overrated and I don’t really believe it deserves the hype around it.  At 415 pages, the book felt like it was at least 50 pages too long.

Truly, Madly, Guilty starts off eluding to “the terrible thing” that happened. You do not learn  what that is until ¾ of the way through the book. I don’t want to spoil anything for someone who has not read the book but, I was very surprised by what that terrible thing was.  It was insinuated that it was a dirty, sexual mistake, when it was something completely different.  For the first time reading a book by Moriarty, I didn’t feel that the reactions by the characters were genuine.  I felt that too many of the characters were too flawed to be real and I couldn’t relate.  The story just never pulled me all the way in.

Two musicians could play the same notes and sound entirely different. Intonation was everything.” 
― Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty

What do you think? Am I judging this book too harshly based on past books? I’m not sure.  I will definitely read more of her book as they come out. There are still a few that I haven’t been able to read just yet that I plan to read in the future.  I guess I will have to wait and see.

How did you think Truly, Madly, Guilty compared to Liane Moriarty’s other works?

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty; Is it Truly a Guilty Pleasure?Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Published by Flatiron Books on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Psychological, Contemporary Women
Pages: 432
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three-stars

“Here’s the best news you’ve heard all year: Not a single page disappoints....The only difficulty withTruly Madly Guilty? Putting it down." —Miami Herald

“Captivating, suspenseful...tantalizing.” —People Magazine

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.

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 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.

three-stars