By Lynsey Eaton | Image via PhillyVoice
I’ll be honest, this one took me awhile to get through.
I am hesitant to blame the book (I did have a new baby, after all), but even though I identified with several of the characters in Truly Madly Guilty and felt Liane Moriarty did a good job delving deeply into six different souls, it was hard for me to get to that point where I just had to know what happened.
Now, to be clear, that’s not how I identify a good book. It doesn’t have to be a page turner to be a well-written novel that I would recommend endlessly. But this book should have been. Does that make sense?
It’s a story that was written to leave you guessing until the very end. The jumping back and forth between present day and the day of “the event” was supposed to leave you so confused and wrapped up in what happened that you had to keep reading to find out what the big secret was.
I never got there.
That said, the story was well written, the revelation was worthy of the build-up and the characters were honest. If you have a block of time to dedicate to really get into this one, I am certain you will enjoy it. It’s a good lesson in relationships and how even the strongest ones are hanging on by a thread.
But if you, like me, have enough time to read a little bit every night, this one might take you awhile, too.
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In other news, I am starting a new book club next week that is going to meet monthly. I am excited to be held accountable and to hopefully get through more books this year (and simultaneously update you on them). If you are interested in reading along and sharing in the comments and conversation next month, this month we are reading Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. I should have a post up on April 13th and would love to hear your thoughts and start a healthy conversation on the novel then. Happy reading!
Now, to be clear, that’s not how I identify a good book. It doesn’t have to be a page turner to be a well-written novel that I would recommend endlessly. But this book should have been.