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Truly Madly Guilty

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by Liane Moriarty
Publication Date: 22/12/2016
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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What if they hadn’t gone? That’s the question Clementine can’t stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn’t know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no.

But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn’t do that beautiful winter’s day.

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It’s a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

Once again Liane Moriarty uses her unique, razor-sharp observational skills to sift through the emerging fault lines of seemingly happy families.

It was just an ordinary Sunday afternoon…

Contemporary fiction
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Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.
Film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice. 
The Husband's Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and is set to be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 
With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Rights have been acquired by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who will both take roles in the TV production, scripted by David E Kelley, with HBO winning the screen rights after a battle with Netflix. 
Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children's book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy
Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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  • another brilliant Moriarty read

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    Truly, Madly Guilty is the seventh novel by popular Australian author, Liane Moriarty. It was just a BBQ on an ordinary Sunday: three couples and three little girls, enjoying a perfect June afternoon. Afterwards, what ran through many of their minds were the “what ifs”: what if I’d just said no, what if I hadn’t drunk the wine, what if I’d been more alert. But it was too late for that now. Blame and guilt, each one felt it: why they had behaved that way, said what they’d said, done what they’d done or not done.

    Erika and Oliver had invited Clementine and Sam (and of course Holly and Ruby) for afternoon tea: they had something important to discuss. But when she ran into her neighbour Vid, Erika somehow got caught up in his zest for fun and agreed to bring her guests to a BBQ at his house. Clementine and Sam had met Vid and his gorgeous wife Tiffany once before, and they had got on well. Their daughter Dakota would love to look after the girls, sure. Vid was already planning the menu as he walked away. Oliver was annoyed at the change in plan, but they could probably confer with Clementine and Sam before they went next door.

    Moriarty uses multiple narrators to tell her tale from different perspectives, and splits the narrative into two time periods, alternating the day of the BBQ with two months on. In this way, she carefully crafts her novel to build up the intrigue, not revealing exactly what happened, what has affected them so deeply, until almost two thirds in. Her characters are familiar: we have all met them on the school run, at the gym, at work, or they’re just like our own neighbours in what they say and think and do.

    As indicated by the title, guilt is a major theme: guilt about having privilege, about neglecting neighbours, about a lack of vigilance. Moriarty touches on subjects both age-old and topical: PTSD, infertility, OCD, kleptomania, hoarding, alcoholism and theme park accidents. She explores the destabilising effect that a major life event can have on a marriage. And she manages to include Pole dancing, egg donation, exclusive schools and jars of chocolate-covered nuts. Fans of her work will not be disappointed: this is another brilliant Moriarty read.