[Book Review]: truly madly guilty – Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly GuiltyGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: 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.


This was my first time reading one of Liane Moriarty’s books and I have to admit it took me some time getting used to her style of writing. The way she writes seemed to be all over the place, jumping from first person to third. But this book is 509 pages long, so by the end of it, I was used to her writing style and can honestly say that it was quite enjoyable to read.

I have to admit though, that this book wasn’t quite what I had expected to be. I thought it was going to be more of a thriller judging by the name of the book and the synopsis. The synopsis gave me the impression that something bigger than what had happened had occurred at the barbeque. I mean what did happen was big and extremely scary for them all, but the way Liane wrote the first half of the book, leading up to the reader finding out what actually happened that day, it seemed like it was something even bigger than what it actually was, which was deceiving, because who would really ignore their hosts because they were the one’s feeling guilty about what happened? Just because it happened in their garden, doesn’t mean it’s their fault.

Anyway, it was a pretty good book to read, just don’t get your expectation’s up too high about what actually happened at the barbeque. And it takes a while to actually get to the part of what happened. The first half of the book kind of drags on a little but stick it out, it does get better.

As for the character’s, they were all interesting in their own way. I’ve never read a book with character’s like any of these, which was a nice change. Always reading the same types of character’s can get a bit repetitive, so this was a refreshing change.

I would love to know what you thought of this book?

❤ MeLzY

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