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Truly, Maddeningly Horrible
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
This was my book club's third foray into Liane Moriarty's prose, and I wasn't a fan to begin with. My biggest beef with her work is her character's lack of likability. I need to care about these people if I'm going to slog through (c'mon!) 520 pages. The cheap, manipulative plot device to keep you reading grew intensely tiresome, and by the time the big reveal was unfurled, more than half way through, who had the strength to care - maybe the few who hadn't figured it out already? After that, ANY reason to care evaporated. I believe that Moriarty's penchant for describing (and belaboring) inner turmoil is appreciated by some, this reader grew weary from the get-go, flipping unread pages with increasing frequency, until at last, the beast was conquered. This is her last book for me. Should another club member want to pitch one of her remaining tombs, I will wholeheartedly protest. Life is too short to willingly endure so many hours of handwringing, with a payoff so underwhelming, scratching off a lottery ticket would provide more excitement.