I first started reading Liane Moriarty’s books late last year. I started with What Alice Forgot and enjoyed it so much that I quickly followed it up with Big Little Lies, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret and The Last Anniversary. In fact, the only book of hers I haven’t read is Three Wishes (her debut novel).
It’s actually my ideal reading situation to find a book I really enjoy and be able to then read more books by the same author. It makes it really easy to figure out what to read next. (Philippa Gregory is another author I’ve found I did that with).
When I was visiting Stu at work recently I saw her new book, Truly Madly Guilty, had just come out and that she was going to be giving a talk and doing a book signing there.
I immediately grabbed Truly Madly Guilty and read in in the space of a few days. And then promptly reread 3 of her other books.
I really enjoy Moriarty’s writing. It’s light and fast paced but really engaging and digs into some deeper issues. Big Little Lies for example deals with domestic violence in a really interesting (and thought provoking) way. I am often left thinking about the issues raised in the books long after I’ve finished them. The books generally have a central mystery that propels the story forward, adding to the page turner nature of the books and it means that I get through them pretty easily because I just want to keep reading to know what happens!
Most ‘mystery’ books are, for me, terrible on second read (Dan Brown’s books come to mind for me here) because they lose their interest by knowing the final outcome but these books are still really enjoyable to reread and in a way it actually adds to the reading to know what’s going to happen.
I went to see her speak at the National Library last week and I’m always fascinated to hear about the writing process of different authors. Moriarty said she usually starts with a situation and builds the story from there. What I found most interesting given the mystery storylines was that she doesn’t actually know how it’s all going to come together until she finishes writing the first draft, at which point she goes back and adds the foreshadowing and red herrings. It’s totally different to how I thought it would be!
(I also got her to sign my copy of Truly Madly Guilty – I’m a sucker for a signed book!)
If you’re looking for some easy but very enjoyable reads, I would highly recommend Liane Moriarty’s books. My favourites are definitely Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot and Truly Madly Guilty, so I would recommend starting with one of those!
Are you a fan of Liane Moriarty’s books? Which was your favourite?
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