Have you ever contemplated the two simple words, “what if?” Have you ever felt grateful or regretful because something so seemingly innocuous changed the course of your life and “if only” or “what if” rang in your conscience because those moments altered everything? Well unlike my favorite “choose your own adventure” books from childhood, you can’t always see how things turn out if you made a different choice. Reality is the hand you are dealt…
Fortunately, my reality had my toes in the water basking in the Florida sunshine while I read, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty on the water, on the beach, on vacation. This beach house book read was listed as #3 on Southern Living’s list of Best New Summer Books of 2017. This page turner evolves out of the complexities of a relationship between childhood friends, their spouses and an innocent invitation to a barbecue. Moriarty contemplates the “what ifs”and “if onlys” in our lives and the emotions that we often endure silently and, perhaps often, incorrectly…our reactions of shame, guilt and misunderstanding as we deal with our own interpretation of reality.
Moriarty keeps you on your toes (even if they are buried in the sand) and your eyes on your children, as the events of the mysterious barbecue only reveal themselves halfway through Truly Madly Guilty. Only after the introduction of each character and their unique perspectives does she reveal the binds that tie them and you turn the pages even more quickly.
This book was the perfect beach house read. I loved the suspense, the relationships and the characters, especially Vid, and his Tony Soprano-esque personality and love of food. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Add Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty to your own personal beach house library now!