I discovered Liane Moriarty's books several years ago and after reading one, immediately found all her others and read those too. She has a certain style of writing that I enjoy; mixing dark emotions and events with humor. It's a style and tone hard to write well, but she accomplishes it. Her new book, Truly Madly Guilty has been on my summer reading list and I eagerly awaited its publication date. When I went to download it, I was surprised to see that the Amazon reviews were not the best. Not bad, but most said this book was not one of her best.
After reading this book I have to say, I disagree with those reviews. I found myself caught up in the story and quickly turning the pages to find out what was happening. It's in a similar style to her other books with the premise that something (possibly bad) has happened, but the reader doesn't know what. The story jumps between different points of view, as well as before, during and after the event, creating tension and curiosity. There are clues throughout, but it's only at the end, that the true story of the event is revealed.
"This is a story that begins at a barbeque" - the first words of the first chapter and my attention was caught immediately and kept me reading until the end. For me, the sign of a good book.