Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Date Published: July 26, 2016
If you have heard of the HBO show Big Little Lies, with Reese Witherspoon, this book is from the same author. She also has another fantastic book that I read this past summer called My Husbands Secret.
I love the way this book was written. It keeps you on your toes. It would go back and forth from the present to the past. And something bad happened in the past, but you don’t know what it is until the end of the book. So the entire time you are reading this book you’ll want to know what it is!!
The characters in this books are all a little different. And the chapters go back and fourth between the six characters while they tell their story. Clementine and Erika are old friends from grade school. They are supposed to be best friends, but their relationships is more complicated than most. Clementines and her husband Sam, seem to have the perfect relationship, but does it take just one bad event for their entire relationship to fall apart? Erika ends up inviting Clementine and Sam over to her neighbors Vid and Tiffany’s for a last minute barbecue. Oliver, Erika’s husband gets annoyed with Erika for these last minute plans because they aren’t social butterflies like the rest of the group.
This ordinary barbecue brings an unexpected, life altering event, that none of them planned for. An event so awful it might ruin relationships in the process. What if they never went to this event? Would their lives still be as normal and perfect as they thought they were?
This book was such a great read. If you like a book that keeps you on your toes, this books is for you! This book has marriage, sex, parenthood, love, and the meanings of friendship all entwined into it. It shows how fragile relationships are even when you thought they were perfect.
Back of the book synoposis:
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.