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 Moria
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 25 cm

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cmrm
Aug 08, 2017

really predictable, very hard to get through...im not sure i want to actually read any of her other books on the back of this one!

natrod777 Jun 28, 2017

I am a fan of Liane Moriarty but this book was not so good compared her others.

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valarieo
May 17, 2017

Holy moley. This was definitely a hard one to get through, in the beginning. For the first half of the book, I nearly gave up six or seven times, but I kept going because people said her books were so good. The last 40% of the book is where things really start to get interesting. It just took too long to get to that point.

An entertaining and sometimes twisted tale of in which the hierarchy of a friendship that stems from girlhood in upended by events and a late-breaking realisation.

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Sansha
Apr 30, 2017

This novel started off slowly and then turned into a thoroughly enjoyable story.

loonylovesgood Apr 19, 2017

Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I can never put her books down and this one was no exception!

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casejl
Apr 14, 2017

Like many others, I was somewhat anxious to learn what happened at the BBQ; however, I restrained any desire to skip to the end. I'm glad I did as the read was worth it and served as yet another reminder that life is a subtle combination of personal intricacies, private struggles, hidden agendas, and complex emotions all mixed with the desires for love, acceptance, and understanding. So often it is the little things, the stolen moments, the ignored emotions, and the missed seconds that make the biggest differences. A well-written story that while it may not be earth shattering, is important in what it says about life and each of us straining to make sense of it.

AL_PRINAL Apr 01, 2017

Liane Moriarty brings the characters to life in this novel. The book details how an almost tragedy changes the lives of those involved. Definitely worth a read.

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aliciamarie
Mar 09, 2017

This was not my first novel from Liane Moriarty. I really enjoy reading this author! I have committed to a few ARC reviews, but I just had to sneak this book in! Truly, Madly, Guilty was a fun read and I'm glad I made time for it.

It all starts at a barbecue...

So, right away we know something happened. By the way all the characters are acting it had to be something bad. The reader of this book MUST BE PATIENT!!! Because I am not a patient person and just had to know what happened, I plowed through this book.

At first, it was a bit hard to keep all the characters straight. The chapters in this novel flip flop from past to present, as well as switch between the points of views of several characters. I think the flip flopping gives this story a complete point of view. I enjoyed reading about the same situations the way different characters experienced them.

The characters were also well developed. I truly enjoyed every single one. They were all different. I think Moriarty has a knack for taking everyday life and making it interesting. I caught myself reading about a certain character and thinking "I do that too"! Moriarty really had a knack for writing relatable characters.

I, of course, will not give much more away about this book. It is a mystery that requires patience. It is a complex story of family, relationships, and getting through life during hard times. I have read quite a few reviews that suggest this is not a very good book. I disagree, I really enjoyed it. It is not my favorite Liane Moriarty book, but it was a good read. I give it 4 stars!

Happy Reading!

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JLedoux
Mar 06, 2017

Don't waste your time. Our book club read, and liked several of her other books and this book was terrible! We all hated it. Even into chapter 30, we were still waiting for it to get interesting. The intro was so long, and so boring. When they finally got to the incident that they'd been hinting at (I think it was chapter 39!), it wasn't even worth reading for. I didn't even like any of the characters. This book should have been half as long, and twice as interesting!

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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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