Truly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty

byLiane Moriarty

Hardcover | July 26, 2016

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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, FROM THE AUTHOR OF BIG LITTLE LIES, now an HBO series.

Winner of Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fiction
Entertainment Weekly's "Best Beach Bet"
A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection
A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick

"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

"Captivating, suspenseful.tantalizing." -People Magazine

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.

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.

LIANE MORIARTY is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret, as well as the New York Times bestseller What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Love Story. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Title:Truly Madly GuiltyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.57 × 6.45 × 1.34 inPublished:July 26, 2016Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250069793

ISBN - 13:9781250069795

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I listened to the audio book and it moved pretty slowly, however I was still engrossed in the story in order to find out what happened at that stupid barbecue. However along the way I actually found that I enjoyed reading about the different characters and appreciated the lessons learned and personal growth of a lot of them. I think this was by virtue of the writing which was well done if a bit disjointed at times. I also found the ending interesting and different from other novels.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, easy read! This is the first Lianne Moriarty book that I have read, and I can't wait to read more. Big Little Lies was an easy read, and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book Through out this whole book I had no idea who was the murder, I didn't fully enjoy the way the story was told but it was a great idea.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would Definitely Reccomend A great read that is not too heavy but also keeps you on your toes! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK I am a huge fan of LM, but Truly Madly Guilty was definitely not my favourite. Most of the characters were OK, but the twist wasn't that great.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I thought this was an absolutely amazing book!!! It was great the way the story was told, with little excerpts throughout from various interviews. It is a great, fascinating, engaging read with a tiny bit of mystery. I absolutely loved this book.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as her other books This was the 5th Liane Moriarty book I've read. I purchased it because I really liked her other books; however, this one was a little boring compared to the rest of her books. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favourite.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Bought this after watching the HBO series. Alright book but I enjoyed the tv series more.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I found the book a little slow to start but it did pick up and then I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good as audio book I listened to the audio book of this novel and while I was a tiny bit confused at first, it cleared up fast and I did end up enjoying the plot. The characters were very interesting and I really cared about what happened to them. Near the end though it really dragged on and although I liked all of the women's perspectives I was starting to get annoyed with the rapid transitions in order to build up suspense. I was also perplexed by the behaviours of some of the mothers, not that I didn't believe them to be realistic I know there are people like this, but I just wanted to shake some of them!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read I bought this book for a long wait at a ferry terminal, it was a nice easy read, but can't say it really made me think.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book. It's true the book is a slow start but once you get into the meat of the book it is hard to put down!! Quickly became my one of my favourite book.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slower Start, Great Characters I love Liane Moriarty. Her characters are always so interesting and she develops them very well. Although this book was slower to start, the characters will keep your interested as they all have their own personal stories which develop into a larger, connected story. A great beach read!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Little slow at the beginning but great read once you get into it. I love all of her books.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Oh geez, don't shoot the messenger here but this one left me flat. I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty, but not only was this book about 200 pages too long, the storyline was weak, I didn't like any of the characters, and the "big reveal/secret" Moriarty usually puts in her books was a big letdown. Once it came out, and believe me, the almost 300 pages leading up to it was hard enough, all I could think was "that's what all of these people are going on about?" I think the main issue is that they just aren't very likable or particularly interesting people. That's part of the point of many of her stories I know..bad things happen to normal people living in the burbs...but this group is more blah than usual.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love her way of writing, breaking things down into character sections. Well written
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and Relaxed Read Most reviews concluded that the end of the book is much better then the beginning and that it takes a while to get into the story however I disagree. I thought the story was well written and the beginning allowed for necessary character development which made the book more personal and relatable. The book jumps from past to present and reveals an exciting story about family, friend, and spousal relationships. If you are a fan of Liane Moriarty then I would 100% pick up this novel!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh Holy moley. This was definitely a hard one to get through, in the beginning. For the first half of the book, I nearly gave up six or seven times, but I kept going because people said her books were so good. The last 40% of the book is where things really start to get interesting (though not enough to justify the effort of getting that far). It just took too long to get to that point.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep Reading A little slow to start but worth it.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from End makes it worth it Honestly, I love everything by this writer but this one hit the mark a little while reading it. Once I finished it and put all the pieces together it was amazing but it lost me a little along the way which is why I couldn't give it 5 stars like I have all her other novels.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stick with it!!!! I know this book seems like it takes forever to get to the end and there's so many different characters to keep track of but trust me... it is DEFINITELY worth the read!!!!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wait for the end a slow start but couldn't put it down by the half way mark!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my jam. didn't enjoy this book at all; I couldn't even finish it.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific I have read multiple books by this author, and this one was one of my favourites! Explores interesting concepts and relationships, and is filled with suspense!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best I would have to say this is not one of her best novels.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Not bad, but not as good as her other novels
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best. I was disappointed with this book because I've really enjoyed all of her earlier novels. I was disappointed with this book because I've really enjoyed all of her earlier novels.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best Much prefer Liane Moriarty's other two most popular books, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. The event that the book is leading up to is not a surprise, very predictable.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing So Liane Moriarty's big thing is that she gives you bits and pieces of the story, told from multiple points of view, sometimes going between a before and after a big event/conflict. In Truly, Madly, Guilty, the main conflict/event is doesn't come as a shock, or out of know where. It's an interesting effort, but definitely not the best.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I couldn't put this book down. It was so well written and suspenseful! I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It was okay.. no where near as good as other books of hers. It was very slow in the beginning and took along time for the story to get more interesting. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this author Another gripping tale by Liane Moriarty. She has a gift of reeling you in and then letting wait in suspense for the next chapter of gist storyline. We go from the day of the barbecue to weeks later, back and forth, while she gives us a little taste of the mystery before coming back to the present. The reader wonders how it's all relevant and how it all fits together. It's almost painful at times to have to wait until the next part of the past. It is definitely a page turner. The Husbands secret is still my favourite but this one is easily five star as well.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This! Others have been saying this wasn't good, so I was prepared to be disappointed, but I found all of the characters interesting, the plot well thought out, and the twists well done! Loved this just as much as her other books.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Was so a excited for a new book from her. Great build up to start but beyond anti climatic. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this author Not as gossip-filled as some of her others, but she sure has a way of pulling you in from the beginning. Admittedly, I was a little anxious to find out what happened at the barbecue and it wasn't until nearly halfway through the book that the plot is revealed. Either way, I will continue to read her books as long as she is writing!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not great It was a fine read, but compared to previous Moriarty novels I didn't enjoy it as much. It was very similar in tone to Big Little Lies, but I preferred that one.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting buildup! This book was written in a very different way that really kept my interest,you would think that it was coming to the crux of the story and then it would twist away.The unlikeable character in the book turns out to be the hero.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Interesting characters and lots of great twists. I love her books. Entertaining and an easy read.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Really enjoyed the intricacies of the story. Makes one think of how simple life is and can turn on a dime.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Put Down This was truly interesting from so many different angles. Not just Sam and Clementine but their friends, their relationships and how everything is intertwined with our fate.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another fantastic book by Liane Moriarty Liane Moriarty has common themes throughout her books. If you enjoyed The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, you'll be sure to like Truly Madly Guilty! Couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Truly Madly Guilty I love Moriarty but this book Truly Madly Guilty has way to much build up and not enough of a peek. I'll still read any of he books going forward but this one was not my favorite.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book but slow start I loved this book, however it took me longer to get hooked than a lot of her other books.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Moriarty If you love her other books, you'll love this one. I liked the introduction of a new type of character in Vid. A great look at guilt and how different people deal with it.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Another great read by Liane Moriarty. I love reading her books because she is able to present modern situations with great character depth. This novel examines how different characters deal with guilt and how each person internalizes that feeling.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best I typically LOVE Liane Moriarty, but I really didn't love this one. It felt like there was a lot of build-up in the first half of the book with nothing else really going on. It started to get annoying having to wait and see what they were talking about, but there wasn't much character development in the meantime.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Hype There was so much hype around this book that I finally caved and read it... but I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I don't know if it was the writing style or just the story, but it wasn't my favourite either way.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very gripping Really love this author. She tells great stories, with rounded real characters. This was a gripping story, and sad, and confusing, but all real, and grittier than usual for her. Very honest. Great read.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her greatest It took me a long time to get through, not her best book.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE! I love this author, I just cannot get enough of her books. Her characters are engaging and funny and relatable and her stories always offer up a surprise that I never saw coming. If you haven't read anything by Liane Moriarty yet it is time to get started!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you reading! I love this author and have now read all of her books. This one certainly didn't dissapoint. Liane does such a good job at getting you to know and love her characters.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another hit Not her best, but when it's Moriarty that's still pretty awesome. Ifs similar to husbands secret. Love it
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great one Some readers have not enjoyed this book as much as the others by this author. However for me, Laine Moriarty has yet to disappoint! I love the way she writes, develops her story and it is easy to relate to her characters.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best, but still worth a read Although I couldn't put this book down, I would have to say compared to The Husband's Secret and Little Big Lies, this was not my favourite. Some of the character's plots were a little too dragged out and I was able to predict the "twist" quite early on. I love Liane though, and the book had some great moments. For any Liane Moriarty fans I would still recommend giving this one a chance! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story loved the whole story
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Another one I could not put down! I love the way she writes and unknowingly draws you into her books!
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moriarty is back ! I was very excited to receive an advance copy of this book and was not disappointed ! The first half had me guessing about what could possibly have happened at a suburban BBQ with 3 couples, 3 kids and a dog in attendance and the 2nd half made me wonder how I would have reacted to the 'incident'. If you have enjoyed Moriarty's previous books you will certainly enjoy this one too !
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Finished this book in less than 24 hours, great read! I can't wait to read more by this author!
Date published: 2016-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BIG LITTLE LIES I found this book to be an easy read. Amazing caractors. A really good mix of differet stories of different lives. All seperate and then all brought tother. I never thought that the ending would be what it was.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Enjoyed the dynamics of the characters. The writing is great and character definitions are enticing.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Amazing. This is a well written, suspenseful novel that will keep you up late in the night reading just one more chapter. I feel sad that I have finished it! Single moms and married moms alike will find it especially interesting, but even if you don't have kids, the story will most definitely appeal to you.
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good beach reading This book catches your attention from the beginning. The playful way the author hooks you from page one keeps you wanting to read more. If you like a little chick lit for summer time beach reading this one is for you! I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No thanks I had put it away. The main character is a horrible judgemental person. I cannot stand people like that in real life, why would i want to read abouit too. Dont believe anyone that says its next Gone Girl. Slap those people causebth ey are wrong.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gets better as it goes It takes some extra effort and getting in to, but if you stick with it you will be rewarded. Recommended to fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, believable story!! The characters were real, the story was plausible, the author was able to get your feelings and thoughts involved, like wondering, what would I do if that harmed to me! I enjoyed it a lot!!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Great Read! I honestly didn't think I would finish reading this book so fast. I thought it would take me a week, but I couldn't put it down, and after a full day of reading I was almost done. The plot gets you completely hooked. It has 84 chapters, but they are mostly a couple pages each, and some are even a page. Liane has done a tremendous job with character development. This book itself isn't action packed or anything, but you see that how normal, everyday people react to different and realistic situations. She does such a great job of dialogue and description that you feel like you're witnessing each situation in front of your eyes. What I really liked is how she connects most of the characters together in such a clever and sensible way. The surprise and twists are the best part of of this novel. The last line of chapter 75 is definitely the climax of the book. I can definitely see myself reading this work again from time to time.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies The characters were so real I wanted to keep reading and learn more about them. I felt that. by the end of the book the I actually knew them and was hoping for a sequal even though I had never been a fan of sequals. The dialogue was real and the story believable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who prefers D t
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big little lies Wow... great read once I started to read it I couldn't put it down, I look forward to reading another one of her books
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for vacation! A very quick read and an engaging storyline. Some laugh out loud lines, combined with thought provoking anecdotes of what is you believe to be right and wrong when it comes to your children, your family and your friends. Overall, a light but interesting read!
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies This was such a well crafted story of parents behaving badly on the school yard. It was witty and humourous and the "who done it" kept me guessing up until the end. I do have to say the the adult playground gossip was a bit juvenile and sometimes it irritated me and then sometimes I would laugh out loud. I loved the suspense build up and the police questioning snippets at at the end of each chapter - added some nice humour. The only reason I held back and couldn't give it 5 stars is because the "murder" wasn't as grand as I would have hoped. The author did such a great job building and building up the ending and then it just fell a bit flat to me. I was hoping for a juicier murder - If that makes sense. Other than that I loved it and was very entertained. This was my first novel by Moriarty, and can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the The Husband's Secret I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as The Husband's Secret. I think it was more because of the writing style than the story itself and I found it to be rather disjointed.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great great great Really great read, character development was great and made me want to read more about these people I felt I knew. The novel was developed and interlaced so creatively, and it was truly captivating for the whole read.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big little lies This is very good book. The reader isquickly engrossed with the characters and heir personalities. There are some twists and drama. A good buildup to the conclusion.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great contemporary read A great contemporary novel that strikes a perfect balance between humour and darkness. It takes on serious issues, but doesn't take itself too seriously.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies This was my first book by Liane Moriarty. It was very good and interestingly written. It was a 'sort of Who dunnit' that raised not only that question, but also WHO got killed, which both questions were answered in the last 50 pages. It was fun to read (also very funny), and cleverly written. I will read her again.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies This was such a well crafted story of parents behaving badly on the school yard. It was witty and humourous and the "who done it" kept me guessing up until the end. I do have to say the the adult playground gossip was a bit juvenile and sometimes it irritated me and then sometimes I would laugh out loud. I loved the suspense build up and the police questioning snippets at at the end of each chapter - added some nice humour. The only reason I held back and couldn't give it 5 stars is because the "murder" wasn't as grand as I would have hoped. The author did such a great job building and building up the ending and then it just fell a bit flat to me. I was hoping for a juicier murder - If that makes sense. Other than that I loved it and was very entertained. This was my first novel by Moriarty, and can't wait to read more!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read, another favourite author ! This is my 1st book by this author and now I'm hooked ! Really good mystery element and a nice surprise revealed at the end.Loved the Australian aspect as well.Am presently reading "The Husbands Secret" , really enjoying it , reading it much too fast !Will be searching out more books by this author, Keep writing Liane !
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read!! I could not put this book down, I felt happy, sad, enraged, hurt, joyful and complete. Every emotion is depicted in this story. The style in which it written is brilliant.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liar Liar...pants on fire. I loved this book...I read through this book like my butt was on fire. Being a working mom, it reminded me of the stay at home moms that used to mill around the school door, gossiping after the school bell had rung, summoning the students to class. It also reminded me, of the pecking order of the moms who ran the school...cupcake moms, hot dog day moms, fun day moms, the moms who always had a beef with the teachers and the principal. When my kids were in public school, I was a working mom, so I was looked at, with pity, by the stay at home moms. Being a working mom, I was deemed as a unfit mother...work was more important to me, I was labeled, and labeled as a mom who knew how to make cupcakes, but not fancy or creative cup cakes. The author captured too true to real life, the follies that go merrily around the home and school crowd. Loved the book...funny, good mystery and with the Canadian Gian Ghomeshi scandal full steam ahead, totally relevant.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this author Whenever I see a new book written by Liane Moriarty i get totally excited to read it. Sadly for the first little bit of this one I thought I was going to be disappointed however the further I got into it the better it became and by the end I was fairly happy about it.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calamity I've come to rather enjoy books by this author. This latest was a wonderful surprise. The characters are well developed and flawed. Each harbours their own secret and/or big little lie. The book flashes between a series of narrators, and also a police investigation and media interview regarding a death at the parent trivia night at a school. There are some serious twists and turns I did not foresee. The author doesn't surprise with the twists out of the blue, in hindsight I might have imagined them coming, but didn't and that made it all the more interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies I loved this book.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast, fun read with serious topic Three women bond at their kid's kindergarten orientation. A murder happens at the trivia night fund raiser. Everyone has secrets....
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend! Good read! Such a shocking twist!
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies Interesting... A different kind of read that I'm used to... But I could see this turning into a movie. B-)
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from definitely holds your interest I really liked this book, which totally surprised me because I thought it would be rather mundane and obvious but I certainly looked forward to getting back to the book and was totally hooked on who would be dead at the end of the story. Definitely a great "take away on vacation book".
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! I am not normally one who would write a review, but I absolutely loved this book! I practically read it in one day because I was just so curious to see what happened next. Moriarty writes the book in a really interesting manner that leaves you trying to discover all the stories of each character. Seriously. A great read that I never would have initially thought to pick up. Give it a shot - you won't regret it!
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bit more than just a light, summer read... I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and I was expecting a light, quick read. This book is so much more than that. It deals with some very serious issues! The author does a great job of pulling you into the book by starting with a death. You know that someone dies, but you don't know who or how until almost the end of the book. There are some lighthearted moments, regular every day life kinds of things that make you laugh out loud, but overall, I would say this book is more serious than funny. I really enjoy this author's books and hope she writes many more.
Date published: 2014-07-07

Editorial Reviews

"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 '16A USA Today Hot Books for Summer SelectionA 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)