This has been a pretty great week for books. And because I am a weirdo, I was somewhat happy to come down with a flu last week. Not a horrible flu, but definitely an I-Have-To-Stay-In-Bed-And-Not-Exercise kind of flu, the kind that feels better after two doses of antibiotics, lots of orange juice and soup, a little bit of chocolate pudding and reading three full books in 2 ½ days. The timing couldn’t have been better for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and also Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.
If you haven’t read anything by Liane Moriarty, wait… you haven’t read anything by Liane Moriarty? What is going on with you? I love her! She is an Australian author and has six best sellers so far, my favorites of which are Big Little Lies (which is currently being made into an HBO series) and The Husband’s Secret. Her stories are all very relatable and interesting and fun, and they are all a lot deeper and intricate than they appear, I have found. The only thing I don’t like about her books is generally their titles, but let’s not argue the details. She has also written a series of children’s books, if that’s your jam. I have not read those.
In Truly Madly Guilty, we have something of a mystery in that we know right away that something terrible has happened at a casual barbeque a few weeks ago. The narrative is all over the place, interspersing current day for each of the six main characters who are ‘recovering’ from this event, to a slow progression of the day itself. When I say slow progression, I mean… really slow. I mean that you will not learn what happened in this event until about halfway through the book. This annoyed me a little, because no one has ever given me special recognition for my patience, but you’ll soon learn that this detail is really not the point.
All of the characters are well drawn and I am always amazed at how she can write with such diversity, all six of them are so fleshed out and vivid and different from each other. She does not flinch away from making her characters incredibly flawed, but I liked them all anyway. Like all of her books, this story is deeper than it appears to be and a tiny bit heartbreaking in the end.
Overall I loved it and am already anxious for a new book from her, and wondering why she just can’t write faster, I mean really. I recommend this book even if you have a normal body temperature and are not stuck in bed.
Grade – A-