I have been a huge fan of Liane Moriarty since my first of her books, ‘What Alice Forgot.’ Since then I have eagerly awaited each of her books with great anticipation. ‘Big Little Lies’ was put together brilliantly, and I was expecting the same brilliant writing from ‘Truly Madly Guilty.’
I found the first 150 pages (approximately!) almost impossibly complicated. With frequent shifts in time, character and situation I found it incredibly difficult to follow what was going on. As it became clearer that something BIG was going to happen, I became increasingly frustrated that I was finding it difficult to follow, thinking that I must be missing something incredibly important to the plot. To be quite honest I was not as eager to pick the book up in a quiet moment as with some of my other reads. At this point I was wondering whether or not to rate it on how far I had got, then give up and move on to my next book.
However! As the book progressed and I became familiar with the format, gradually, painfully so, the book began to make sense and I was once again drawn into the world of complex characters and moral situations that Liane Moriarty has become known for – hence my final rating of four stars.
One reader’s review states that you need to be a ‘patient reader’ in order to access ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ fully. I agree wholeheartedly, and perhaps the difficulties in reading it are entirely made of my own lack of patience!
That aside, Liane, as always produces a cast of complex and well-developed characters, explores marriage and relationships in all the minutiae that goes with them. Clementine and Sam, Erika and Oliver, Tiffany and Vid are very believable, naturally flawed husbands, wives, friends and parents among other roles. The plot and momentum builds consistently to a tense climax with a suitably uncomfortable response as everyone involved is forced to reconsider their priorities and everything they hold dear.
My final rating is 4 out of 5 stars.