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
Liane Moriarty is currently my favorite author. This story was fun and believable and compelling. I enjoy reading her books but love listening to Caroline Lee read them even more. There are always a few twists that I never expect and Truly Madly Guilty delivered.
While I've enjoyed several Liane Moriarty stories, this one just took way too long to come together. The last 1/3 of the book was very good, but it was hard for me to keep going to get there. Caroline Lee, the narrator, was absolutely superb which made the trudge through the first part of the story worth it.
"Loved this book the authors best work"
I loved the blend of characters and the unfolding of the story. I am so glad I started it in a Friday!
Could have been half the length without affecting the story at all. Characters so well developed in places it was quite dull.
"Okay listen but not the best, too longwinded"
Yes, the fact that for most of the story you do not know what has happened at the bar b q. It is like listening to a story but not knowing what it is about. It is far too long with not enough happening. So much time is spent on different aspects of their lives such as the audition and it's just not that interesting.
It takes too long to get going and I wasn't keen on most of the characters, I didn't find them particularly likeable. When you did find out what had happened in all its detail it was quite a good plot but by that time I wasn't really that bothered.
The narration takes a bit of getting used to but it is easy to differentiate between the characters.I liked Erica's mother at the meal, she was funny!
No, apart from reach the end.
It was a good listen in parts but the almost tedious detail spoils it. For me it needed more to happen early on or to be a bit shorter.
"Gave up after chapter 5 as it was so tedious, narrator was awful."
Way too boring. Save your money! Gave up during chapter 5 , as the narrator was so irritating.
"Very slow and boring"
I hate to leave a book unfinished but it was really hard to finish this one. Over several months I did persevere, but I am not sure if it was worth the effort. (and it was an effort ). The pace was too slow by far and content did not support such a dragging pace.
"The most irritating narrators voice ever!!!!"
I could not listen to the narrator whining on for another chapter!!!
Yes because they are all narrated by the same person Caroline Lee and I cannot listen anymore which is a shame because I love Liane Moriarty's books
"Another great listen"
Liane Moriarty is fast becoming my favourite author. This is another book with secrets spilling out. What did happen on the day of the barbecue? l couldn't stop listening. I could picture every character, see every scene. l loved it.
There are so many different stories linked into one. Each character is interesting too. Liane Moriarty is such a good writer, so unusual and different. Some if the 'throw away' lines are just hysterical I was laughing out loud a lot of times. The only tiny criticism I would have is the over use of the exclamation 'What?!!!' It was a tad irritating
It was good how each of the characters had their own reason for blaming themselves for what happened at the BBQ, how the event was told from each persons perspective
I find Caroline Lee to be quite an eccentric reader. She's not the usual run of the mill kind of narrator, she is very different. I have read all of Liane Moriarty's books to date, and it took me a while to get used to her voice - now that I have, I love her voice! She really brings the story to life.
When I found out what actually happened at the BBQ!!!! I was totally shocked, I was just not expecting that!! Also, towards the end when the other little girl told her grandma what happened
I just love this author!! It's not chic-lit, it's much more than that. Her books are very intriguing. Can't wait for her next one!!
"Moriarty at her best"
No one else tells a story like this, pure genius the characters, the topics her attention to detail make for a thought provoking story.
"The most frustrating book I have ever read"
Reading this book is like being drip-fed a story by someone with a hundred secrets who loves to tease people. You can't enjoy the actual narrative as you have no idea what they are talking about; it's all meant to be so mysterious but it is just incredibly frustrating as you need a solid story to be interested in. It's almost as if it's been written backwards. I would need to read it all again to enjoy the writing as all I felt was annoyance. Honestly, I usually give Liane Moriarty 5 stars, and Caroline Lee, but I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this. Even Caroline Lee's narration was annoying and over-played. Save your credit.
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