Thursday, July 25, 2019

Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty)

I've said before that author Liane Moriarty has a wonderful knack for surprising the reader in her books. Even when you think you can breathe because you know the whole story, Moriarty still offers even more surprises. This is the case with Truly Madly Guilty, which unfolds like one big puzzle.

On paper, the story sounds incredibly ordinary. Six adults and three children attend a barbecue. Wow. But we begin with one of those adults, Clementine, giving a talk about something that happened on that day and how she wishes she could go back to change things. We don't actually find out what happened until well into the book, and Moriarty goes back and forth between the day of the barbecue and the weeks after it. So what seems like just an ordinary get-together turns out to be anything but.

The actual event wasn't quite what I expected, and to be honest, it was a little anti-climactic for me. However, the fallout from it was massive, and as I said, the surprises just kept coming. I enjoyed piecing together this 1,000-piece puzzle.