From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Nine Perfect Strangers.
"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed" Jojo Moyes
IF ONLY THEY'D SAID NO...
Clementine is haunted by regret. It was just a barbeque. They didn't even know their hosts that well, they were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no.
But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that Sunday afternoon.
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One playful dog. It's an ordinary weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?
Marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship: Liane Moriarty takes these elements of our lives and shows us how guilt can expose the fault lines in any relationship, and it is not until we appreciate the fragility of life that we can truly value what we have.
PRAISE FOR LIANE MORIARTY
"funny and scary" Stephen King
"Sharply intelligent" Entertainment Weekly
"Powerful" Washington Post
"Like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic" USA Today
"Mistress of the razor-sharp observation" Kate Morton
"Another gripping, satirical hit" Huffington Post
"Lashings of dark humour" Saturday Age
"Miracles of structure" Sydney Morning Herald
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
One disastrous BBQ upends the lives of three suburban Sydney families. Liane Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies) has a gift for mixing high drama and biting humour—and highlighting the absurd levels of investment and stress involved in modern domesticity. There are no heroes or villains in Truly Madly Guilty. But this entertaining pageturner seeks to explore the ripple effects of trauma and how and why bad things happen to good people.
In bestseller Moriarty's (Big Little Lies) latest, one small decision going to a barbecue reverberates through the lives of the six adults. Childhood friends Erika and Clementine couldn't be more different. Obsessive-compulsive Erika is married to Oliver; both are accountants, and they have no children. Clementine is a disorganized classical cellist with a husband, Sam, and two small children, Holly and Ruby. These two families are unexpectedly invited to a barbecue at the opulent home of Erika's neighbors: wealthy and vivacious Vid; his "smoking hot" wife, Tiffany; and their 10-year-old daughter, Dakota. During what is supposed to be an ordinary afternoon of food, drink, and lively conversation among people just beginning to become friends, a harrowing event deeply affects all these characters, forcing them to closely examine their choices, not only of that day but of their entire lives, and the effects of those choices. The novel holds back the meat of the story until the reader is about to burst with curiosity, but this technique strangely doesn't feel like torture; it gives readers a chance to consider the endless possibilities of every moment.
Customer ReviewsSee All
A little harder to get into
This one was a little harder to get into reading. It was quite sure to start with a lot of random stuff going on. I was surprised by the twist add I always am and then all the random things from throughout the book am pieced together nicely as they always do.
Loved this story and it's characters! Took m a bit of time to get into it but once again her techniques and writing style keep me hooked!
Gave me anxiety
Well written and it was enough to finish it but the characters stirred something in my tummy that made me uneasy.