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Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

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Hardcover, 415 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Flatiron Books
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Mary Rugg Courtney OMG, thank you for asking this! The audio version is even worse. I got it to listen to on my long drive to work every day, and I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT AN…moreOMG, thank you for asking this! The audio version is even worse. I got it to listen to on my long drive to work every day, and I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. The reader is just awful. Every time she says "the day of the barbecue" I want to punch someone! I am done with this.(less)
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Emily May
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, 2016, arc
Maybe I'm just spoiled by domestic thriller authors like Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott, maybe I want all the wrong things from Moriarty, but whatever the reason, her books never pull me in. This is the third of her books that I've tried and once again I’m overcome by the slowness, the lack of pull… the sheer dullness of the characters.

Perhaps I do expect the wrong things, but I don't think that's completely my fault. I'm starting to realize that Moriarty's novels are given titles and descriptio
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Tanesha
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Oh geez, don't shoot the messenger here but this one left me flat. I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty, but not only was this book about 200 pages too long, the storyline was weak, I didn't like any of the characters, and the "big reveal/secret" Moriarty usually puts in her books was a big letdown. Once it came out, and believe me, the almost 300 pages leading up to it was hard enough, all I could think was "that's what all of these people are going on about?" I think the main issue is that they jus ...more
Carol
This SLOW building character-driven story of a disastrous BBQ truly tested my intestinal fortitude, but I stuck it out, and once I made it to the half-way point (whew!) when the (ho hum) proposal is finally made, the first shocking twist occurred tempting me to stay with it and discover what would happen next.

TRULY MADLY GUILTY is a story that entices the reader in Chapter 1 to find out what really happened at an innocent neighborhood BBQ, but when Chapter 2 begins, a SLOW progression detailing

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Diane S ☔
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Something terrible happened at a BBQ, a BBQ that three couples plus three young children attended. Whether this book works for the reader depends on patience, patience because it takes quite awhile before, we find out what happened. Not that a great deal, back stories of the characters, their thoughts, doesn't happen in alternating chapters, so it depends on how interesting you find their stories. Obviously it worked for me.

So much is happening here, a troubled marriage, a cellist with a big upc
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Victoria
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever hear this old joke?

Worried that their son was too optimistic, the parents of a little boy took him to a psychiatrist. In an attempt to dampen the boy’s spirits, the psychiatrist showed him into a room piled high with nothing but horse manure. Instead of displaying disgust, the little boy climbed to the top of the pile and began digging.

“What are you doing?” the psychiatrist asked.

“With all this s**t” the little boy replied, beaming, “there must be a pony in here somewhere!”


That’s ho
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Jessica Jeffers
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
At one point, I was sure that I was going to give this two stars. And then I read a little farther and was certain that it had redeemed itself enough that I might give it four. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. Ultimately, I think I landed somewhere right in the middle of loving it and hating it. Three stars doesn't necessarily mean this is an average book; it just reflects my complicated feelings about it.

Because there’s some things that Liane Moriarty does extremely well here. Sh
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Zoeytron
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: public-library
Well, shoot. This was a strangely unsatisfying read for me. The long tease about what happened at that dang backyard barbecue just wasn't quite worth the wait. Looked good, smelled good, but upon tasting it, I wanted more salt and pepper.
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Alright, before I begin my review of this book I need to admit something. A secret shame. This is my very first Liane Moriarty book! Yes I know, I know! I can hear you SHARPLY GASP! Her books seem right up my alley, how could I have not read Big Little Lies, or The Husband's Secret? "SHAME ON YOU MELISSA!" I hear you yell! "She is one of Australia's most loved authors!!" I have heard such good things, but guiltily have never had the chance or inclination to read them before. However, this means ...more
Phrynne
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much but you do have to be patient! We all know something happens at the barbecue but the reader is not let into the secret until half way through the book which is a long time to wait! However the author gives us lots of back story to fill all those pages and I found myself intrigued.

The problem with such a build up is whether the event, when it materialises, will be as bad as we are expecting or will it be an anti climax. Fortunately Moriarty picks the kind of event which
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Deanna
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars!!


I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s novels. “Big Little Lies” is one of my favorite books. I’ve had this audiobook for quite a while. I’m surprised it took me so long to get to it.

“Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?”

This novel had a lot of characters but I thought they were all very well-developed. I especially loved the children, Ruby
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Maxwell
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2017
Obviously I loved this. I read it all in one day. Her books are so addictive—that's the best word to describe them. The epitome of a page turner.

Like I said in my review of Big Little Lies, Moriarty is great at crafting complex characters. The 6 adults, and even the 3 children, in this story or so well developed and interesting. They have flaws and personalities that will make you love them and hate them. It's that complexity that takes this book from 'soap opera'-esque to engaging and compellin
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Luffy
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Truly Madly Guilty is the telling of a BBQ event where things go wrong. The book focuses on 6 adults and 3 kids so that every aspect of a family can be brought to the table. The first half of the book is slow as molasses and sometimes I had to refrain myself from reading ahead and skimming to the juicy parts.

We get to know of the characters' past while the book is building up to this big reveal. To be honest I've already forgotten a lot about the early segments of the book. I thought the book wa
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Andrew Smith
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What do people want from their lives? What is important to them and what trade-offs are they prepared to accept to achieve their goals? And how do we deal with the surprising and sometimes shocking situations life throws at us? These questions seem to me to be at the centre of Moriarty’s stories of modern day suburban life, set in and around Sydney, Australia. There’s normally quite a bit of humour, a cast of colourful characters and a sting or two in the tale. I thought her last book Big Littl ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! I enjoyed this book! Liane Moriarty does a great job of grabbing your attention from chapter one. She throws multiple characters' perspectives of an "unknown dramatic event" at you throughout the first half of the book. She pulls the reader along, feeding their curiosity with just enough detail to keep them reading "one more chapter" to find out more. Even when you do find out what the "event" was (at about the halfway point), you need to continue reading to the end of the novel to find ...more
Rebbie
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
4 1/2 stars

This is one of those long, drawn-out stories that's more about character assessment and the hardships of life than it is a story based on its plot.

This is about 3 couples and how they react and cope with something that happens at a BBQ one afternoon. By the time Liane Moriarty unveils the secret, you'll be just over halfway done with the book.

I feel I should warn you though: Please don't expect the twist to be overly shocking, twisted or scandalous. I did have that expectation, merely
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Norma
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read but I found it a little slow getting to what actually happened at the barbecue. I do have to confess though that I was getting a little bit impatient at what transpired at the barbecue so I did read ahead. It didn't really spoil anything for me as I guessed that it had to be something like that. It was a fast and easy read. I really do like this author.
Jennifer
★★★½
If you have read any reviews for Liane Moriarty's Truly Madly Guilty, you already know that it all seems to be about something that happened at a barbecue. Be forewarned, it's much too easy to get sucked into the mystery of what happened...afterall, the hush hush event is brought up over and over and over again and appears to be something horrendously taboo based on how the characters continue to refer to it. But I beg you, for your own enjoyment, ignore these traps. Instead, meet the charac
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Laura
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
You could jump so much higher when you had somewhere safe to fall.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I arrived late to the Liane Moriarty party, but after reading both What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies this year I’ve been declaring to anyone who would listen . . . .





Moriarty took the artistform formerly known as “Chick Lit” to a whole new level with likeable bitches as main characters and stories where skeletons fall out of pert near everyone’s closets. I put myself on the waiting list for Truly Madly Guilty at both librari
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LeAnne: GeezerMom
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Shame on me. I find myself rather shocked to have been so bowled over by a novel written by an author who I've pre-judged as a purveyor of chick-lit for the masses. I'm guilty of thinking myself too high brow, too science-y to succumb to the charms of a 'woman's writer'. Such a snob.

I was wrong. Liane Moriarty has got it going on, and I will read anything else she publishes from this point forward. For those female readers out there who also regard themselves as more selective than the average w
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I once saw one of my favourite authors state how much she enjoys the writing of Liane Moriarty which peaked my interest considerably and was the driving factor in me reading TRULY, MADLY, GUILTY, my first story by this author.

The suspenseful and mysterious story arc centers around a fateful BBQ and three contrasting couples who each grow in stature as the trajectory of the story develops. The BBQ is a day that rocks their lives and the catalyst for the suspenseful element
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Helene Jeppesen
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Going into this book I had no expectations. I knew that it had been nominated for best fiction of 2016 on Goodreads (which is why I bought it), but I did not know the author and I did not know much about the story.
Having now finished it I'm so thrilled that I stumbled across this novel on Goodreads. Already from the very first pages I could sense that these characters were lively and the descriptions on point. At several points I was amazed at the authors' sense of details and how these details
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Margitte

The book blurb:
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation.
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Charlotte May
3 stars

Hmm. I was originally going to give this 3.5 stars, but thinking about it, I can’t find enough positives to warrant the extra half star.
This was my first Liane Moriarty novel and while I found it engaging enough, it didn’t blow me away.
It definitely could have done with being shorter - 180 pages in and there were still no clues as to what happened at this mysterious barbecue, only the fall out from it.
I only really liked a handful of the characters, I particularly couldn’t warm up to C
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Lori
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I've enjoy most about Moriartys novels is how easy it is for me to relate to her characters. They're perfectly imperfect, yet always redeemable. Enjoyed this a lot...
joyce g
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written story. You care about each character as their lives mingle. I don't think I want to
go to a backyard barbecue for a while. Much enjoyed!
Julie ( On semi-hiatus until September)
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty is a 2016 Flatiron Books publication.


I waited, what seemed like forever, to get a copy of this book, while everyone else had already gobbled it up. So, although I make it a practice to avoid reading reviews until I have read the book myself, I couldn’t help but notice this one seemed to be a mixed bag, with some giving it high praise, while others expressed disappointment. But, that happens with most books, really, so I remained optimistic and kept my mind
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Diane
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third Liane Moriarty novel I've read in less than a month, and even I'm surprised at how quickly I've become one of her biggest fans.

I'm also a bit disappointed in myself that it took me so long to check out her books. They're delightful works of contemporary fiction! I had made some (totally wrong) assumptions that I wouldn't like the books, that I wouldn't relate to them because I had heard it was a lot of motherhood stuff and I'm not a mom, that modern novels were somehow less val
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Lee
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
First off you need to be very patient with this book, something that I am not great at I am afraid so unfortunately this did effect my review. Six adults, three kids and a small dog at a barbeque, sounds like a wonderful afternoon but oh my what can go wrong. What does go wrong takes till well over the half the book to happen, in between we receive back story into the other characters and their lives. I have read other Liane Moriarty's books and thoroughly enjoyed them, this one not so much due ...more
Barbara
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

Liane Moriarty is a popular best-selling author and her latest book, Truly Madly Guilty, garnered a lot of hype and many good reviews. That said, the book was just okay for me.

Set in Sydney, Australia, the story is about an unfortunate incident that occurs during a backyard barbeque. The cookout's hosts are Vid and Tiffany - a rich sociable couple that live in a luxurious home.....



.....with their 10-year-old daughter Dakota.



The guests include the hosts' next-door neighbors Erika and Oliver and
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has
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