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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty is just as captivating and gasp-inspiring as her other hit, Big Little Lies. Her storytelling style is engaging, the characters are engrossing, and the overall plotline is brilliant. It is the epitome of a summer read.
Clementine and Erika have been friends – best friends – since elementary school. But their relationship isn’t as perfect as one would think. Their friendship, closer to a sisterhood, is imperfect. They know each other totally and completely, and are acutely aware of one another’s flaws.
Their friendship plays out against the background of something dramatic having happened at a backyard barbeque; the chapters are set up as ‘Before the Barbecue’ and ‘After the Barbecue.’ As the reader is swept along, about half way through the book the only thing they’re thinking is “what the h*** happened at that stupid barbeque to completely ruin all of these people’s lives?!?”
Don’t worry – I won’t tell.
But Moriarty does, eventually, and Guilty lingers, even through the final pages.
Moriarty’s storytelling style layers people’s perspectives in a way that keeps the storyline moving forward, as well as telling the reader all of the juicy details of each character. Moriarty gets into their heads, and the reader learns more about every character through how they perceive the other characters in the book, and in how they are perceived. It’s a fascinating and quick read (despite how thick the book is). And the end is beautifully done, leaving the reader feel uncomfortably aware of the selfishness of these characters. The ending is perfectly unresolved.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, especially to Big Little Lies fans. Or anyone who wants an interesting summer read. It’s easy to digest, but grapples with real issues. It’s the perfect mix of social commentary and intrigue.
What was your take on Truly, Madly, Guilty?