October 02

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Are we so short of good book options that finishable has become a measure of quality?

I don’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong, I like a quick read and am not afraid of chick lit. I support any kind of reading in principle and seeing my kids nose up against the side of the Rice Bubbles box is enough to make me smile. Who knows, they might pick up a Honey Joy recipe or even a free bike.

But there’s got to be a line and mine was crossed with this slow moving, cliché ridden Aussie drama involving three couples and a life changing incident at a BBQ. Note- it wasn’t a slap. I finished it yes but pushed through like you do an expensive but barely tolerable massage you don’t have the guts to stop.

I know Liane Moriarty is Australia’s biggest selling novelist right now and I’ve heard Reece Witherspoon has snapped up the film rights to Truly Madly Guilty after her production company’s success with Moriarty’s last best seller, Big Little Lies. I’ve seen it in the front window of many bookshops but it really needs to come with a warning – just because a book is readable doesn’t mean you should read it. There is infinitely more pleasure in Honey Joys.

And that’s my 2 cents worth.