Reading Sara Review: Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty

truly madly guiltyHardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 26, 2016)
Reading Sara Review: 5/10

Eligible Rating

Reading Sara Review: Moriarty has a rhythm for her books, and Truly Madly Guity was consistent with previous ones: a mystery that unravels through the story, this time from multiple viewpoints. When the book begins, we know that something terrible happened at a BBQ that impacted a group of friends and their kids.  The story is told going back and forth to the present and the day of the BBQ. Unfortunately, unlike many of her other books, this one fell short of the intriguing puzzle for me. I finished it, because as usual, I still want to know what happened. Some pieces felt predictable, some were just confusing, and then when the mystery is finally revealed to the reader, it is fairly anti-climactic. I will probably say this multiple times, but this book was SLOW. The sections that go back to the day of the BBQ give excruciating detail of the BBQ. It was to the point that I wanted something bad to happen, just so that it would get interesting.

There was a slowness to this one that I hadn’t felt in other Moriarty books. It could have been that the characters were not all that impressive. It was not that they weren’t relatable, they just didn’t have anything particularly special or compelling that drew me into their world and emotions.

The only good thing, for the reader, you don’t have to wait until the end of the book to learn what happened at this suburban BBQ. It comes somewhere in the middle, and I will give the book credit in that I continued to read it even after pieces were revealed.

This book was on my Summer Reading Part 2 list, and while I don’t exactly regret reading it, I also can’t highly recommend it. At a minimum, wait until it is in paperback or get it from the library!

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