Today I am sharing an extract from Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I read this novel about two years ago when it first came out. I enjoy Moriarty’s writing as she scrapes off all the layers of people and their relationships and gets to the gritty part of a person.
In this novel we meet Sam and Clementine who have a wonderful albeit busy life. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbours, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger-than-life personalities there will be a welcome respite. Two month’s later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
I am sharing an extract in the voice of Sam reflecting on the morning of the barbecue:
“He found himself remembering the morning of the barbecue. It was like remembering someone else, a friend, or someone he’d seen playing the role of a father in a movie. Surely it had been somebody else, not him, strolling about, strutting about his sunlit house, so sure of himself and his place in the world. What happened that morning? ” (p47)
(2016, First Flatiron Books, USA)
Something happens at the barbecue that exposes the underlying faults in the relationships of the characters.
Have you read this novel by Liane Moriarty? What did you think?
Last year I received The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty as a gift. The cover of the novel looked attractive and the story line seemed intriguing so I put it on my stash of Books To Read, deciding to save it for a time when I could savour the story. The last few days was that time. I read uninterrupted by work responsibilities and any deadlines. Being on holiday was the perfect time for me to enjoy this book with its unexpected twists.
The story centres on a letter written by a husband that was to be opened upon his death. Cecilia Fitzpatrick, however, finds it while her husband is very much alive. She hesitates to open it, mulling on whether the letter may answer some of the questions she has about his current behaviour. John-Paul’s continued strange behaviour encourages her to open the letter and, in its opening, releases a set of consequences that affects not only her life but also the lives of others.
From the first few pages, Moriarty’s story drew me in and my interest did not lag. Why not? The story was unlike any other I have read. Unexpected consequences kept occurring. The characters appeared authentic to me: their emotions felt real, their reactions expected. This book read like a description of events that could happen in my own neighbourhood. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I have decided to look for any other novels written by this same author.
If you enjoy reading true to life stories, then this book is for you. A perfect holiday read that will encourage you to turn the pages.