Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly GuiltyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed Moriartys’ Big Little Lies and selected Truly Madly Guilty as my second read of hers.
I enjoyed switching between the viewpoint of the various characters during the novel.

From the get go there was a large amount of character building. I usually enjoy this style of writing but in this case it felt as though I was trudging through half the book before any of the plot began to play out. As a result I took a break in the middle of reading the book because I was sick to death of the ” day of the barbecue” drama that was always alluded to and never stated.

After the build up ended and the reader finally got to find out what happened on the day of the godforsaken BBQ the plot picked up nicely. From then on I couldn’t put the book down and ended up half asleep at my desk in work the next day after finishing reading the novel – Note to self : Don’t read until after 3 a.m when you have to be up at 7a.m for work.

As the final pieces of the puzzle came together, my heart broke for a character whom I held no regard for in the previous 99% portion of the novel. A mark of Moriartys masterful skill at building a relationship between characters and the reader.

3.5 rounded up to 4 for GR.

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Review: holding by Graham Norton

HoldingHolding by Graham Norton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I happened upon Holding, I couldn’t help but be a little sceptical as the novel is written by the fabulously funny chat show presenter Graham Norton.

I was quite glad to be proven wrong and have been praising the novel from the rooftops.

Set in a quaint village in south of Ireland, where Norton more than likely drew the inspiration from his childhood growing up in Ireland, we meet the various characters you would come across in a village : the Garda (policeman), the shopkeeper, the farmer and his wife, the school teacher, the spinster, the housekeeper.

On the discovery of a body in the nearby woodlands, decades old secrets and lies are uncovered which result in the lives of the villagers to be entwined irrevocably.

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