Truly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyI am a fan of Liane Moriarty and her writing. She can weave a tale that draws you in and intrigues you, and the next thing you know, you’re hooked into her world. Part of the reason for this magic is that when Liane Moriarty writes about a subject, you get the feeling that she has lived it. If she writes about divorce and all the complicated feelings that engulf a divorcee, you get the feeling she has herself been divorced. I have no idea whether that’s the case.

Her recent book, Big Little Lies, covered such topics as spousal abuse and differing parenting styles with a keen empathetic eye. The book was turned into a TV series featuring powerful performances. That series received 4 Golden Globe awards, and there’s a second season in the making. Say no more, Liane Moriarty is a gifted storyteller.

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When I read Truly Madly Guilty, I was struck once again about how well the author understands human nature. She looks behind the facade and beyond the front door, to show us people who are imperfectly average, and who live perfectly unaverage lives. In Truly Madly Guilty, there is a character who is the daughter of a mother who hoards. She grew up lonely and keeping secrets. She feels shame and guilt, and of course frustration. And once again, I get the feeling the author knows this experience personally. And again, I have no idea whether that’s the case.

However, in the acknowledgements, Liane Moriarty credits the books, Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean about her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding by Jessie Scholl, and Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberley Rae Miller, for helping with her research.

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