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Book Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


Published: 2016 by Flatiron Books
Genre: Mystery
Length: 415 Pages
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Six responsible adults, two best friends – and one day that changes everything.

By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead.

In just one evening six lives will change for ever . . .

Another gripping mystery from the author of Big Little Lies. In this we follow the events of a suburban neighbourhood BBQ. Alternating between before and after, we slowly discover what happened and the impact it has had on the characters lives. 

For the majority of this book, the big question is ‘what happened at this BBQ?’ It keeps you intrigued this way but I will say I found the post-BBQ chapters made this book drag and it lost it’s momentum because I found them so boring.

This book has an amazing cast of characters. All very unique and stand out for their own reasons. I loved getting to know them but again they were much more interesting in the chapters leading up to and the night of the BBQ. 

I was surprised by the wide range of topics this book covers. I admired how it tackled IVF and the struggle of not being able to conceive. It was interesting to read how that process works in Australia.

This book also bravely tackled mental health in young children. How the news and social affects children. It’s not very often I read a book from the point of view of parents and I really loved that dynamic. 

In the end this book didn’t shock me or keep me hooked like Big Little Lies, but was a still a good novel.

Thanks for reading, 
Jess X


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