It’s over. And I am at a loss. What do I do now? My new friends have moved on, but I can’t seem to do the same. I hate it when this happens! And for me, it happens a lot. I get so attached, they become a part of my everyday world. Then, suddenly, they move on and out of my life and I am left wondering if the characters in the next book I read will have such a profound effect on my mind.
I have finished Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly Guilty and Clementine, Erika, Holly, Ruby and the rest of these amazing characters have left me feeling like I have let go of a few new friends. They came into my life and now, their stories told, have moved on and I miss them.
That, to me, is the beauty in the writing of Liane Moriarty. She gets into the minds of the characters and shares both the extreme and trivial details that make each character behave in the way that they do and this gives you a feeling that you actually know these people. You have been with them through thick and thin. You have seen what has brought them to their knees and walked with them as they pulled themselves up, dusted off their britches and moved forward with their lives.
This story is written in 3rd person, but each person tells a new chapter and that person has almost 1st person ability to tell not only the background, and what they are thinking, but almost what is going on with everyone else in a 1st person type of viewpoint.
This book is a lot like Big Little Lies, in that you know there was something big that happened, but you don’t know exactly what or how, but that it affected everyone who was involved in quite a discernible way. You know that the lives of these people are all different after the Bar-B-Que at Tiffany and Vid’s house. But what you learn are the events that led up to that fateful day and how every person who was there is changed and challenged after that day. What you don’t know is what actually happened.
That is the beauty of this both Truly Madly Guilty and Big Little Lies. You know what the outcome is, but you don’t have any real idea of what caused the problem until the characters have pretty much gotten themselves and their lives almost back on track. Add to that all of the background information given through flashbacks leading up to the moment of crisis and you end the story almost back at the beginning, but you know the entire story which leaves you feeling as though you know the cast of characters completely.
And, if you are like me, you miss them when they leave.
Caroline Lee is the narrator for the Truly Madly Guilty audio, just as she was for Big Little Lies, and she is absolutely magical. Her inflections and change of style for each character exactly matches what you would imagine each of them would sound. Especially her characterization of Vid that is spot on and wonderful. Plus, at the end of the book, there is a Q&A between Lee and Moriarty that is quite interesting and fun to listen to them talk about the characters from their perspectives.
And, just like Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have picked up the rights to Truly Madly Guilty for a movie deal. I can hardly wait! Big Little Lies will be a 7 part series on HBO hopefully airing soon!
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Hardback: 432 pages
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Kindle: 1665 KB
- Audiobook: 17 hours and 27 minutes; Narrated by
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 26, 2016)
Other books by Liane Moriarty:
- Three Wishes (2004)
- The Last Anniversary (2006)
- What Alice Forgot (2010)
- The Hypnotist’s Love Story (2011) (My review)
- The Husband’s Secret (2013) (My review)
- Big Little Lies (2014) (My review)
- Truly Madly Guilty (2016)
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