Liane Moriarty: Truly Madly Guilty

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 think that I have chosen the most heartbreaking books in the world for this hiatus. Perhaps I just needed to cry it out!

While Moriarty writes in her usual back and forth, backwards suspense novel style, this isn’t so much thriller as it is tragedy. Something terribly sad has happened, but how and why comes later. It’s always building blocks with this author–the way she brings her plots around is magnificent and unique.

She definitely has a pattern to her books, and maybe some day I will get used to them and tire of her stories, but after five of them in quick succession, I have not exhausted them yet. I still want more. She’s different than any other writer in her genre.

Bring the tissues because this will make you sob. Repeatedly.



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