Truly Madly Guilty
Reviewed by Bobbi Benson
Is there anything more fun than getting new books?
It’s seriously one of my favourite things; those beautiful albeit nondescript boxes make me so excited. It’s almost like Christmas, better in a way because the mess afterwards is so much less and I don’t have to assemble 10 million Lego pieces. But that’s parenting right? Parenting is Lego, packing lunches, temper tantrums, and so much more.
Liane Moriarty takes an in depth look at modern parenting in her new novel “Truly Madly Guilty”.
Three central couples form the heart of “Truly Madly Guilty”. Something went horribly wrong at a barbeque Vid and Tiffany hosted for Erika and Oliver, and Sam and Clementine. The narrative flashes back and forth between present day and the night of the barbeque, hinting but never telling what exactly happened, leaving us madly conjecturing. What could it have been?
Erika and Oliver, a 30-something, professional well off couple, both have painful childhoods that have left them somewhat socially awkward. As hard as they try to blend in, they just never quite fit.
Uncharacteristically Erika, was drunk the night of the barbeque and has a gaping hole in her memory. What can’t she remember? And, why was she drunk? Oliver, just wants to move on, he has a secret of his own to keep from that night.
Vid and Tiffany, gregarious rich social butterflies live next door, the incident happened in their backyard. Now, Vid is trying desperately to connect with Clementine, but why? Tiffany is worried about their daughter Dakota, she hasn’t been the same since that night. As Tiffany struggles to reach her daughter, her own past comes back to haunt her.
Clementine and Sam, the musician and the businessman, they have two adorable daughters, Holly and Ruby. Clementine and Erika have been best friends since childhood, but are they truly friends? Erika was forced upon her by her mother Pam, a social worker who preached kindness above all. But how kind is Clementine supposed to be? How much should she be expected to give? Sam, prides himself on his fathering skills, he loves being a dad but after that night he’s questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.
As Moriarty weaves her characters lives back and forth, together and apart, the story of that night unfolds while we examine our thoughts on parenting. How it has changed over the years, specifically the roles of mother and fathers. Who do we blame for what happens? And how do we recover?
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