Good Reading : August 2016
Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty The words ‘This is a story that begins with a barbeque’ open both Liane Moriarty’s new novel and the talk that her lead character delivers to community groups in the weeks after that fateful day. Through a narrative that shifts back and forth between the present and the day of the barbeque, Truly Madly Guilty explores the consequences of that day’s events on everyone who was there. With sensitivity, insight and a touch of humour, the novel lays bare the complexities of modern friendship, marriage and parenthood with a keen understanding of the obligations, secrets, resentments and regrets – both spoken and unspoken – that character ise our closest relationships. These characters are achingly real; their trials and tribulations could so easily be our own. Moriarty’s greatest achievement is piquing the reader’s curiosity from the first page about what happened at the barbeque, then escalating the suspense by withholding key details until more than halfway through the book. Lesser authors might have lost some readers out of frustration at not knowing exactly what happened so far into the story, but the quality of Moriarty’s storytelling makes this an enthralling read throughout. The revelation, when it comes, is shocking, and is followed by some delicious plot twists that should satisfy most readers. Packing an emotional punch, Truly Madly Guilty is highly recommended. ★★★★★ RG Macmillan $32.99 Reviewed by Heather Lunney GOOD READING AUGUST 2016 35 GENERAL FICTION AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR GENERAL FICTION About Liane Moriarty Liane Moriarty, born in 1966, lives in Sydney. Her fifth novel, The Husband’s Secret, was released in 2013 and within two weeks it had become a New York Times bestseller. She started her working life in advertising and marketing, but it wasn’t until Liane enrolled in a master’s degree at Macquarie University that she started on her first published novel, Three Wishes.