Once again Liane Moriarty uses her unique, razor-sharp observational skills to sift through the emerging fault lines of seemingly happy families.
If only they'd said no....
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?
©2016 Liane Moriarty (P)2016 Bolinda
I'm a huge Liane Moriarty fan and unfortunately this book was a big disappointment. The story line went nowhere and the narrator made all of the characters sound bitchy and bad tempered.
It just went round and round in circles about a bbq - it was awful, I couldn't even finish it
No not really, this was the first audio book that I have chosen that I hated
No I didn't like her narration, she was too slow and tried some accents which were pretty bad
NO none at all. I kept listening waiting for some kind of climax about the bbq and nothing happened - I gave up
I really struggled with this one. I found myself rolling my eyes and getting very frustrated with the storyline and the narrator. I cringed every time I heard 'the day of the bbq'
Haven't read the print version. Can't amagine it being better as I loved this version
The moment everything fell into place , was a relief and a surprise
She's brilliant in every one of her performances
Yes when Sam opened up to clementine about his true fears
Did this book for book club - none of us were huge fans.
It's drawn out and you think it's going to be a much more dramatic and twisted secret that all comes out at the end but despite how sad the secret/event is, it's not as huge as expected. Not as good as her other books
"Good book about stuff. Nothing fantastic."
It was an ok book. I didn't engage with the characters as much as the other books.
"A taster of good things from Liane Moriarty."
Although the formula was great, and the story was good, the twist wasn't there that I have come to expect. A little predictable.
But, otherwise, still a good listen. If you haven't read/listened to any of Liane Moriarty's books then start with this one as they only get better and you'll appreciate this book more I think.
"Hm...a little disappointing"
I have fallen head over heals in love with Liane Moriatie's books Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot , The Husband's Secret and The Hypnoist's Love Story. I listened to every book 2 times and I find them brilliant.
I was impatiently awaiting the new book, Truly Madly Guilty. I had trouble getting into the story and into the characters. I missed the twinkle of humor that used to accompany her characters. Overall i struggled because I felt that the characters of this book were more about struggle, argument and more unhappy.
Without the excellent reading of Caroline Lee and without the colorful Tiffany and Vid I dont think I would have finished this book.
"Another excellent tale"
As always Leon Moriarty completely knocks it out of the park. I found myself looking forward to my drives to and from work so that I could continue to weave myself into the lives of her characters
Awesome awesome awesome! I have come to truly enjoy Liane Moriarty. The way she writes is the way I think, and if I had only one negative thing to say would be that she sometimes rambles takes a while to get to the point. The near raider was awesome story was off and although I knew secret, I enjoyed the way the writer came around to it.
"Should have been three and a half stars."
This is one of those books that makes me wish that it was possible to review with half stars. Truly Madly Guilty is really better that a "three star" book but not quite a four mainly because the first part is AWFUL. Yes, I know. How is it possible that anything by Liane Moriarty could be awful? But the beginning of this novel truly is: boring and tedious (the characters and the plot), with everyone alluding to something awful that happened at a mysterious bar-b-q but which is not revealed. When the story FINALLY gets going (you still don't know what happened at the bar-b-q, but enough of the characters' past and motivations is revealed so that they're finally interesting), the novel IS great. Back to the regular Moriarty. But the beginning was unforgivably unedited. Almost as if someone else had written it and then handed it back to the real author. Still love her. Will still preorder her books. But this one was three and a half stars, not the usual five.
"Awesome ability to build characters."
EventuallyI loved this book. The reason I say this is because I kept thinking I was missing something and we go back and listen to the previous chapter. Actually what was happening is the book was building on everyone's perspective of one tragic moment at a barbecue.
"Getting too formulaic?"
This was my least favourite Liane Moriarty book. Can't decide whether I've listened to so many of hers that I'm bored with her formulaic style or whether this one really was lacking the usual charm.
One thing is for sure, if I'm going to read about an Aussie BBQ then I'd choose Christos Tsiolkas' version every time!
"A big disappointment :("
I usually adore Liane Moriartys books and was really looking forward to hearing this one despite the poor reviews.
Unfortunately it was awful. I had to force myself to listen until the end and was glad when it was over.
I kept having to go back a few minutes as my mind had wandered off.
It was a LONG story too :(
A superb combination as always of great story and excellent narration. My 5th listen to a liane moriarty/ Caroline Lee combo.
"Not as good as Liane's other books"
I knew how this book was going to end. The story was ok, I did like how all characters perspectives were caught but the story was predictable.
The narrator told the story well and her dramatisation of the characters were excellent
"not her best"
I'm usually a huge fan of Moriarty. this is not her best work, but worth a credit all the same.
Liane Moriarty is a great author and this book is as good as all her other stories
I have read all Lianes work and when Thi story started I wasn't sure where it was going, slightly slow to start but then it twisted and turned with the most unexpected and unusual storyline which really worked, very thought provoking at times, very enjoyable and although the voice for Vid was slightly grating an excellent narration as usual by Caroline. Very good book. I recommend.
"You won't be disappointed"
I love Caroline Lee's narration her voice and intonation are just perfect for Liane Moriarty's tales of modern life.
each book by Liane Moriarty is better than the last, and the narration was spot-on.
I really enjoy how You are made to care about the characters or can engage with them.
I have enjoyed all of Liane Moriarty's books & this is no exception. A lovely read, could not stop listening!
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