Truly Madly Guilty
By Liane Moriarty
Flatiron Books, 2016. Fiction 418 pgs
It started at a neighborhood barbecue, a seemingly inconsequential gathering of a few friends. But then something happened which would change the three couples involved irreparably.
First you have Sam and Clementine, parents of two adorable daughters who, while not necessarily solid financial footing, have seemingly fulfilling careers and a comfortable life in the suburbs. Next, we meet Clementine’s oldest friend Erika and her husband Oliver who both come from broken homes but find comfort in each other and their successful jobs and ordered life together. And finally, there is Tiffany and Vid, Erika’s wealthy neighbors whose last minute invitation to dinner start the whole thing.
Slowly, Moriarty uncovers what really happened that evening and why it has so traumatized the participants. What she excels most at is writing the perspectives of her characters. Narration switches form one to the other and the reader is swept up in Clementine and Erika’s emotions as consequences are faced and dealt with. I love Liane Moriarty’s writing, characters, and stories. She has recently become a favorite and I’m so glad she has a healthy back list I can dive into including Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot, and The Husband’s Secret!