Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
Sam and Clementine have 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 then can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbours, 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?
I was so excited when I logged on to Netgalley and saw that the new Liane Moriarty novel was available to review. I think you always feel safe with this author as you know how good she is and Truly, Madly, Guilty did not disappoint.
We know at the start of the book that three couples, Erika and Oliver, Sam and Clementine and Tiffany and Vid attended a long summer barbecue with their children and whilst there something truly awful happened. There were times when I found it a little annoying when 'what happened at the barbeque' was constantly alluded to but it was worth it when the big reveal happened.
The barbecue is the pivotal event that ties the three couples together but the book is about much more than that. Marriage, relationships, friendship, responsibility, loyalty, love, jealousy, parenting, ambition, and deceit are just a few of the topics covered in the book. As with all Liane Moriarty books, I was amazed by just how much she packs into the story. Each story line felt like it could have been a whole book itself yet it did not feel like they were not covered well.
I think this author is brilliant at exploring the ugly side of relationships. Most of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by people we love and who love us but it doesn't mean that it is all hearts and flowers. Moriarty shows the layers and complexities involved in most relationships and the way they influence our decisions in life.
Truly, Madly, Guilty is another great offering from this talented author and I highly recommend that you add this to your reading pile.
Many thanks to Penguin for allowing me to review this book via Netgalley.