One fateful barbeque will change things for three couples in ways they could not imagine. Erika and Clementine are childhood friends with a complex relationship that often seems like they are bordering on being frenemies, so when one planned dinner becomes a barbeque at Erika’s neighbour’s home, she is happy to relinquish the burden of hosting and Clementine is equally happy to have another couple buffer between her and Erika.
However, something occurs at that barbeque which strains the relationship between friends as well as between husband and wife, it is far from clear what actually happened at the barbeque for the first quarter of the book, but as more about that day is revealed, I found myself getting more gripped by the story. But I have to say the first quarter is hard going because we are kept in the dark, the story is told by half a dozen narrators and keeps going back and forward in time, which even for an experienced and focussed reader, maybe asking a bit much.
After getting about halfway through the book I appreciated it much more and having only read one previous book by the author a few years ago I didn’t keep comparing this read with easier works to enjoy. Truly Madly Guilty is about complex relationships and what makes them up. Ultimately I found the characters fascinating once I had got to know them and what they had experienced on the day of the barbeque.
Despite the slow start in getting into this book by the time I had finished it, I did thoroughly enjoy it.
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