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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Truly Madly Guilty
Truly Madly Guilty takes place in Sydney, Australia. Clementine and Sam, a lovely couple, are visiting old friends Oliver and Erika. They bring along their two beautiful young daughters Holly and Ruby for the day. Unexpectedly, Erika's next door neighbors Vid and Tiffany bring the whole bunch over to their McMansion next door for a fun filled Sunday BBQ. Something awful occurs. Something tragic. The couples, the friends, are torn apart. Through alternating chapters and a multitude of narrators the reader is pulled through a messy, exhausting, winding road to a little bit of redemption - finding out what actually occurred at the BBQ. Throw in a nosy neighbor Harry, Clementine's meddling mother Pam and the mentally ill hoarding home Erika grew up in. If you are not confused by the many characters and backgrounds of those characters yet, you will be. It is just too much. These characters are overdeveloped if there is such a thing. I have loved the breezy, humor of Liane Moriarty in her past novels (What Alice Forgot!). I love the Australian expressions and scenery but this was too long and pointless without the funny and I felt myself forcing the finish.