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Truly madly guilty
2016
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Characters
Sam (Male), Married, Father,
Clementine (Female), Musician, Mother, Married, Cellist; prepares for a important audition;
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Psychological
Topics
Family
Marriage
Sex
Parenthood
Friendship
Guilt
Setting
- Australia
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  Library Journal Review

All is not well at a pleasant get-together of old friends and new-but what went wrong? The combination of three married couples, three kids, one dog, and a cranky neighbor doesn't seem to be a recipe for disaster, but something happened that turned their lives upside down. Chapters alternate between the characters' lives after the in-famous barbecue and flashbacks to that day. The characters try to go about their lives but struggle to deal with the intense fallout. The suspense builds beautifully and keeps listeners working to puzzle out what went down. Using multiple points of view, Moriarty (Big Little Lies) shows her skill in character development, making them come alive on the page. Narrator Caroline Lee does a marvelous job voicing the characters, giving them distinct personalities through inflection and accents. -VERDICT This fun listen maintains humor and levity even in the darkest of times. Highly recommended. ["Alternating between present day and the day of the barbecue, the author builds suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats wondering what happened": LJ 7/16 starred review of the Flatiron: Macmillan hc.]-Erin Cataldi, Johnson Cty. P.L., Franklin, IN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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