My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was very eager to read Liane Moriarty’s book “Truly Madly Guilty“. I’ve read many good reviews regarding this author and finally decided to give her a chance.
The story is about how three couples and three young kids dealt with the accident that took place two months prior, at the ordinary Sunday BBQ.
Couple number one: Oliver and Erika. Both grew up with parents that had heavy addictions. Oliver’s parents were alcoholics, while Erika’s mother was a hoarder. Both characters are determined, organized and very private. Because of their hard childhood, they had to grow up fast and built themselves into adults they are today. However, no matter how alike Oliver and Erika are, there is one thing they can’t agree on. Erika doesn’t want to have kids, while Oliver can’t wait to become an ideal father that he never had. Will Erika and Oliver find their happy medium? Or will this break their family?
Couple number two: Clementine and Sam. Happily married, with two kids, Sam and Clementine always find time for themselves and their family. Years ago Clementine found her calling as a cellist, and Sam has been always there to support his other half. And due to his wife’s busy practice schedule, he is more than happy to take care of their kids. However, after an incident at the BBQ, Sam and Clementine’s marriage is falling apart. Clementine is rethinking her career choice, and wonders if she should become a stay at home mom, while Sam is failing his training at the new job, wonders if he has failed in a role of being a father and a husband. Will this be an end of Sam and Clementine’s marriage?
Couple number three: Tiffany and Vid. Prosperous electrician and his second wife, strip dancer turned successful house flipping mogul, are two people with larger than life personalities. They are a life of every party, and very often are the ones who host friendly gatherings. However after their last BBQ, the couples relationship tenses. Their ten-year-old daughter, Dakota, feels responsible for the accident and begins self-punishment. Meeting a client from her previous “career” at her daughter’s school puts extra pressure on Tiffany and her relationship with Vid. All secrets come to light sooner or later. Will Tiffany’s dirty little secret find it’s way to light? If so, will it hurt her relationship with Dakota?
I did enjoy the story. It has many small twists here and there, which made the book very interesting. The story was a bit too long, however, I enjoyed it. The ending surprised me, especially the last party about grumpy old neighbor Harry. Looking forward to reading more of Liane Moriarty’s novels.