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Truly Madly Guilty Hardcover – July 26, 2016
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“Here’s the best news you’ve heard all year: Not a single page disappoints…The only difficulty with Truly Madly Guilty? Putting it down.” ―Miami Herald
"Perfect for those long summer days, but readers will have to pace themselves to not devour it in one sitting.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Beach Bet,” Summer ’16
A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection
A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick
“Liane Moriarty is one of the few writers I’ll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed, and―unusually―I can never tell where they’re going to go.” ―Jojo Moyes
"The author of Big Little Lies―which is being made into an HBO series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon―brings it again. This time, the lives of a few happy families are changed forever after a barbecue. Well done, in more ways than one." ―Skimm Reads
“Emotionally riveting…Moriarty is a deft storyteller who creates believable, relatable characters. The well-drawn cast here will engage readers and remind them that life halfway around the world isn’t much different from life here―families argue, neighbors meddle and children push boundaries.” ―Washington Post
“[A] masterpiece…Extremely relatable and thought-provoking…Ms. Moriarty’s shining talent in Truly Madly Guilty is her uncanny ability to get into the mind of her well-developed characters, turn the mirror on the reader and make you think about your own relationships, both past and present.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Moriarty is a talented tale-spinner and a sharp, witty social observer…Moriarty fans, pack Truly Madly in your beach bag.” ―USA Today
“Truly Madly Guilty will be widely read…It has all the requisite trademarks of one of her hits…It probes some of the things she writes about best: fraught friendships, covert backbiting, stale marriages.” ―New York Times
“Stacked with her signature themes: female friendship, duplicity, the darkness lurking beneath lucky, ordinary suburban lives…The last twist, though, is nearly worth the wait, and what sets Moriarty’s writing apart…has as much to do with her canny insights into human nature as her clever plotting…Compelling.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Moriarty’s fans will rejoice at her latest title as she tackles marriage, parenthood, friendship, and sex, in this provocative and gripping read...This novel sheds light on the truths that we all fear as parents, spouses, and friends. It’s perfect for those long summer days, but readers will have to pace themselves to not devour it in one sitting.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Perhaps the most anticipated release this summer, Moriarty is at her finest in this keep you guessing multi-family drama surrounding a tragic event at a casual neighborhood barbecue. You will not soon forget this cast of troubled yet very likable characters, and the relationships that both bind and nearly destroy them.” ―Huffington Post
"The author of Big Little Lies doing what she does best: unraveling people's public selves with an urgency that keeps you reading." ―Glamour Magazine
“[A] brilliant story of love, marriage, parenthood and, of course, guilt…It’s wonderfully suspenseful, slyly sentimental, sometimes outright sad―and also truly, madly, amazingly funny.” ―Forth Worth Star-Telegram
“Liane Moriarty has done it again. Truly Madly Guilty has it all―suspense, drama, humor, and a cracking story cleverly told.” ―Fabulous Magazine (UK)
- ASIN : 1250069793
- Publisher : Flatiron Books; First Edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250125561
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250069795
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.34 x 9.57 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The beginning takes a little bit to get into, but Moriarty gives so much depth to her characters and their relationships that you really relate to them and their lives. I loved the quirkiness of the kids' characters and how everyone's points of view was relevant, even surprising.
I was sad when it was over but satisfied with the way things worked out.
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By far the most frustrating book I've ever read. I have never enjoyed a book less than this one. Unfortunately.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the long wait for the revelation -- What Happened at the Barbecue -- is just too irritating. This technique works well in The Husband's Secret, because the action is in the present, so we are gaining knowledge and waiting for the revelation right along with the characters. But in Truly Madly Guilty, the barbecue is in the past, and we alternate chapters about that day with incidents in the present, putting us in the voyeuristic role of looking for loss. (Is everyone still alive?) It's cheap and beneath Moriarty's skill as a novelist.
Of course, what isn't different about Truly Madly Guilty is the compulsive readability of the book. Even while you're thinking, "Oh come on, you can do better," you're galloping through the pages. I got my copy (400 pages) for Christmas and was done December 26. There was not even a question of not finishing it, and that had nothing to do with the plot revelations. Moriarty writes good hearted, compulsively readable fiction, and I will always read everything she publishes. But I'd love her to get back to the more honest, deeper level of novels such as The Husband's Secret. Whenever Moriarty falls back on a gimmick (What Alice Forgot is the other example), the story suffers. I wish we could convince her that she doesn't need such tricks to keep us engaged.
spoiler sort of--I am a parent, and I completely understand that what happened would be absolutely terrible, BUT, she was ok in the end and I don't understand hating everyone involved, like the neighbors, months after it happened. They didn't push her in themselves.
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in the whole book. Pages upon pages of detail about the ins and outs of each character, no matter how relevant or not they are to the story. Some of the characters are downright insipid, but we still have to know them like the back of our hands, whether we like it or not. Because otherwise this would be a short story, not a novel.
Secondly, the author uses a really annoying and infuriating writer's technique: time travel. She keeps switching between present and bbq day. Back n forth, back n forth, like a tennis ball. As soon as you get a handle on the present, she takes you back in time to a snippet of bbq day. By the time that chapter has finished, you've forgotten the details of the present in the previous chapter. This happens so much that, not only do you have an almighty headache because of all the toing and froing, but halfway through the book you've lost interest in both the present and the bbq day. This format is pointless here, adding nothing to the book at all.
Normally, I read a book cover to cover in one or two sittings. If its a good book, I find it almost impossible to put it down. But this book dragged so much that it took me two weeks to get to the bitter end. More than just bitter, the end was flat and disappointing.