Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – A Spoiler-Free Book Review

This book was a nice one-day read for me. I have read another one of Moriarty’s books before (Big Little Lies) and I enjoyed it well enough. I was not overly impressed with either book, but I don’t regret reading them by any means! Moriarty has a very particular way of writing her books that lends to a lot of suspicion and not a overly ridiculous climax. To me, it’s a more timid version of Gillian Flynn’s novels.


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“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.” – Taken from Goodreads

Truly Madly Guilty was a good read and I enjoyed changing from the day of the incident to weeks before the incident, which I have a feeling other people probably do not like as much as I do… Moriarty has a way with making you care about the various couples and relationships between the characters in her novel. However, I definitely found that I just did not care for any of the characters individually. The main character Erika was so boring, but her relationships with the other characters is what made me enjoy the book. Honestly, I think my favorite character of the book turned out to be Dakota the angsty teenage daughter of other supporting characters.

Honestly, I don’t know exactly how I feel about this book. I honestly do not hate it but I don’t think I particularly enjoyed it either. The climax of the story came close to the middle of the book so there was a lot of downfall after that added to the story but I wanted the climax to be such a big reveal and it just didn’t happen. Even though there was one chapter in the whole book that really redeemed a lot of the book for me… The old man who constantly harassed everyone in the neighborhood got some redemption and I teared up a bit reading his chapter (ha, he got his redemption along with the book getting it’s redeeming quality…)

Anyways, I would suggest you read this book if you really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, but want something a little toned down from that. There isn’t nearly as much excitement or suspicion going on, but it is pretty darn similar to that genre of novels.

Overall, I gave it a 3.5/5 stars (since we all know how generous I am with my stars!) so year…

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