truly madly guilty

I was very excited to read this book after falling in love with Big Little Lies and the success it had with the HBO TV series. This is only the second book of hers I’ve read (Truly Madly Guilty), but it definitely wasn’t as good. That’s not saying it wasn’t interesting, but it just didn’t have the shocker ending I’d expected.

Without giving away any spoilers because I know this book is eventually being made into a movie, here we go:

This story is about 3 married couples, Sam and  Clementine, Oliver and Erica, and Vid and Tiffany who attend a backyard BBQ at the home of Vid and Tiffany that ends in disaster. Each chapter tells from one characters point of view of events and conversations leading up to the night of the BBQ and even the day of prior to the BBQ. Clementine and Erica grew up together and are best friends. Erica grew up with a mother who is a hoarder so her home life wasn’t good. Erica’s family kind of adopted her and even though she still lived with her mother, she did lots of things with Clementines family that she couldn’t do with her own mother. Clementine and Sam have 2 little girls while Erica and Oliver are struggling to have children of their own. They all get invited to a BBQ at Vid and Tiffany’s. Vid is described as looking like Tony Soprano and his young wife is an ex-pole dancer. They are very wealthy and flaunt it. Vid has a few daughters from previous marriages and then he and Tiffany have one daughter together who is a book nerd and very quiet. Very different from her parents. They have another neighbor, Harry, who is mentioned frequently as the grumpy man down the street who is always yelling at them and who doesn’t like anyone. He lives alone and even though the others have tried to be kind and invite him to things, he always declines. Many things happen leading up to the BBQ including an awkward conversation between Sam and Clementine and Oliver and Erica right before they go to it which makes for an awkward evening with everyone getting drink and flirting with one another. The night ends in disaster, however, with the police being called and relationships never being the same again.

I wasn’t super impressed with what happens but I did like how it ties into another character and finding out more about that person and their past. It wasn’t a gripping, dying to know what happens next book, but I felt myself wanting to get right to the drama of what happened because there was so much back and forth leading up to it. For me it wasn’t a great pay off but it was still interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing it in movie form and what they change or add. I’m rating this one a C.

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