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Book Review: Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the queen of the slow tease. Right from the get-go, the reader knows that something happened on a regular Sunday afternoon barbeque. There were six responsible adults, three lovely children, and one yapping dog. But the ‘something’ is not revealed until near the end of the novel, and in the intervening period, there is plenty of time to get to know – and to fall in love with – the main characters. There is Clementine, the talented cellist who is preparing for an audition that is making her even more nervous than normal. And her usually supportive husband seems to be having a crisis of his own. The complicated relationship with Erika, Clementine’s supposed good friend, becomes even more fraught after the events of the barbecue, and old hurts are brought to the fore. But uptight and very proper Erika can’t remember very much about the afternoon in question – except that Erika and her husband had asked the other couple for a significant favour. Meanwhile, their hosts, the expansive and social Vid, and his wife Tiffany with her unusual past, host an event that turns to disaster, through no real fault of their own…

If this book review is also a bit of a tease, it’s only to avoid spoilers. Part of the pleasure of reading this book is the reading to find out the mystery at its heart. Excellently plotted, superb characters and a truly fabulous book.


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