Book Review: Truly madly guilty – Liane Moriarty

4 stars

Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genre: Contemporary fiction


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.

Book review:

I did this one as an audio book. Omg, Liane Moriarty’s novel are so perfect to listen to! They are funny and they built up really really really slooooow, it’s almost agonizing! Just tell me what happened on the day of the barbecue!! I was almost ready to kill someone, but in a good way (oh, boy where is this going?!). Just like in her book Big Little Lies, something has happened but you don’t know what! People start acting strange and you just have to guess what has happened. It drives you crazy, but I love those kind of books.  It’s just perfect when you are driving somewhere. Because this book doesn’t take up all your concentration and attention (not that I need my attention for something else when I’m driving because traffic in Belgian mostly means I’m standing still 😉 ). I’m also really convinced that listening to a story creates an entirely different atmosphere than actually reading a story. So maybe my opinion on this book will be completely different than the opinion of people who read the book.

One thing I absolutely adored in this book are the sublime characters that this story has! A lot of the time characters in books don’t feel like real humans. the adventures and choices they make are good for novels, but a lot of them would be considered batsh*t crazy if they would live in this world!! I’m not going through Mordor to drop a bewitched wring in a mountain for the survival of all mankind! Let someone else do that! I’m not volunteering for my sister to compete in a competition where everyone kills each other (I don’t have a sister, so that made it kind of easy! Few!). Sorry boyfriend, how beautiful and poetic it may sound, I will not go under the mountain for you and fight flesh eating gigantic worms! I don’t know about you, but I’m just a coward and although I do love reading about super humans. I don’t know any of those in real life!* BUT with Liane Moriarty’s books the characters truly feel like they could be living next door. This sounds kind of boring, but it’s not! There are so so so many times that there are decisions being made that aren’t the bravest or the wisest, but they are decisions I would make too (well not all of them, some of them were just plain weird). She does this in such a detailed way that it’s impossible to not appreciate this about this book. Even if you dislike all else about this book, you just can’t say that the character are bad!

I don’t know if I liked this book more than Big Little Lies. They’re both really similar and different at the same time. If you are a fan of Big Little Lies and you haven’t read this book yet I would strongly suggest you buy this book right now because you wont regret it!

* That took me a looong time to get to my point. I’m sorry (or actually I’m not).

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