Renee Conoulty: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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

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.

Hey! Here's my review.

Another fabulous read from Liane Moriarty.

I loved the Aussie setting, those little familiar details that made me feel at home. Set in and around a backyard barbeque, with a scenario that was believable (once Liane finally stopped teasing me and told me what happened). Told from different character points of view and alternating in time, before and after the incident, we are kept in suspense for quite a while about what actually happened, then bear witness to the full extent of the fallout.

The characters were well developed with distinct voices, enhanced by the narrator. The writing was emotionally engaging (yes, I got all teary).

I listened to the audiobook, which was fabulously narrated by Caroline Lee. She brought the characters to life, especially Vid who was such a fun character. I loved the interview between Liane and Caroline at the end - lots of insight into each of them.


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

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