Truly, Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty ~ Fiction Book Review

Truly Madly Guilty by [Moriarty, Liane]Hmmm. My first introduction to Liane Moriarty was the book “Big Little Lies”, which I seem to remember really enjoying. This is the fourth book I’ve read by Moriarty now, and I’ve got to say, I have mixed feelings about her books.

She seems to rely on a heavy dose of foreshadowing, teasing the reader along so that they have to stick around long enough to find out what it is that all the drama and worry is about. It’s gotten rather annoying. Then you, the reader, finds out, and there’s a certain, “That’s what all the fuss was about???” kind of feeling. But you keep reading. Because, by then, you’re just vested enough in the characters that the intricately woven web of human nature, cause and reaction, the humanity that she weaves keeps that book in your hand and your butt in the seat until it’s all worked out.

Part of me hates it. I feel tricked and duped by her evil little ploy. Yet, I find myself unable to put it down until I find out how it’s all worked out. It’s a sickness, really. Each time I tell myself I’ve read my last Moriarty book. But I always end up coming back for more. 4 stars and a woeful head shake (whether at myself or the author, I do not know).

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb15This is the third book I’ve read by Aussie author Liane Moriarty, and while I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the other two, I wouldn’t say the book disappointed, either. There was a lot of hype about this title and I opened to the first page with my expectations set very high.

Moriarty is a talented author who writes stories with interesting characters and compelling plots. That said, I’ve found in all her books that there’s an element of the ‘not very likely’ and by that I mean her books are best approached by those who read with suspended disbelief. If you need a novel where all actions and reactions are firmly ground in reality, this would not be your best choice.

With the title, it would be near impossible for her to have kept the major plot line from being predictable, and I must admit that I didn’t identify with any of the characters, but despite all that I found it difficult to put the book down. 4 stars.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty ~ Fiction Book Review

book14I’d read one book by Australian author Liane Moriarty before and enjoyed it, so when I saw this one, I decided to give it a go. It was a good decision. Plus, it’s ‘soon to be a major motion picture’ so I just doubly saved whatever exorbitant price I wasn’t going to pay to visit the movie theatre where I rarely ever go to not watch a movie I would never pay to see. I’m so thrifty it’s confusing.

I hate to give away any plot details about the books I read, but I figure there’s no harm in glossing over the main gist of the  novel since it’s written on the back cover. (Am I the only one who likes to wait until they’re 50 pages into the book to read the blurb?) The main character in this book is Alice, who falls, hits her head, and forgets the last ten years of her life. So she thinks that she is twenty-nine, pregnant with her first child and madly in love with her husband, when in reality she is thirty-nine, the mother of three, and getting a divorce.

I really enjoyed this book, and the subliminal moral it slipped between the wrinkles of my brain is a good one. As the years go by, we have a tendency to be in such a rush, overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities we have to take care of and obligations we have to fulfill. During this process, we have might take for granted the loved ones who help us on our journey. Instead of appreciating what they do, we tend to focus on their shortcomings and focus on what they don’t do.

What would your self from ten years ago think about your life today? About your choices and reactions and time restrictions? Sometimes it’s better to let perfection slide through our grasp than to resent imperfections. Reading this book made me feel wiser. It probably won’t last long. I may have to read it again twenty minutes after my husband gets home from work, but I’m going to try really hard to remember what I think I learned. I give this fun, cute book 5 stars.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ~ Fiction Review

book6Only a few pages into this book I thought, Wow, what fun. Very campy. It’s like one of those cute, cozy cat mysteries. Then I looked at the quote from Stephen King on the cover and thought, Stephen King likes cozy cat mysteries, hee, hee, hee. 

Maybe he does, but this is not one of those cozy little books where the cat helps the old lady solve the mystery. Far from it. Moriarty is like a magician. An awesome Australian magician. Somewhere along the way, things get real. Only  you’re still having fun, so you don’t really notice until suddenly you’re novel deep in serious subject matter.

I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it, but I have to disagree with Mr. King. I didn’t find the book scary at all. The only thing that’s scary  is the willingness and ease with which women will blame themselves and shoulder burdens, but as a woman, I already knew that. The horrors in this book were those of everyday reality, artfully told. Five stars.

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