Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Goodreads Score: 3.55
Summary: Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
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?
The Bloom (pros): As with many of Moriarty’s novels, I really liked many of the characters. She does a great job of tapping into human nature and I always find her characters relatable, with personalities that are well developed enough that I can envision them in my mind.
The Thorns (cons): Unfortunately, there were a lot of negatives for me with this read. My main gripe is with the plot itself – three couples, including their kids, attend a BBQ as we all have. Pretty normal. Then this terrible thing happens about halfway into the book, and you feel for the characters involved. And then, for the remaining 200+ pages, NOTHING HAPPENS
Sure, there are little side plots that develop (though, while entertaining – like Clementine’s hoarding mother – none are super drama packed or juicy) but I kept waiting for this big twist tying back to the horrible BBQ incident. With about 5 pages left, Moriarty unveils the twist…..and it lands like a wet fart. So much so, I finished the novel and OUT LOUD said, “that’s it?!” It was only after reading some Goodreads reviews I understood the last chapter or two was supposed to induce a gasp. Without giving too much away, Bug throw trucks at his brother and body checks him when bending down to give a begrudged kiss so I may be jaded, but kids will be kids.
The Bottom Line: Love some of Liane Moriarty’s other stuff, but this sucker – especially at over 400 pages long – was a bust. Not worth your time.
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