My Love/Hate Relationship with Liane Moriarty

Oh Liane. You and I have such a complicated relationship. At times I absolutely love you, at times I absolutely loathe you.

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2014 was when I read The Husband’s Secret .  Like most people, I absolutely loved it!  Truly couldn’t put it down.  I have a very vivid memory of my daughter napping in her car seat while I was devouring this book for hours in the front seat…all while parked in our driveway.  Such a good book!  I was so sad when it ended.

The next book that I read was Big Little Lies.  I read it in 3 days, it was so amazing.   I remember eating meals while reading, reading long after I should have been asleep, and so many other times throughout the day.

(On a side note, I still haven’t seen the HBO miniseries!  Have you?  I’ve heard it’s fantastic!)

At was at this point that I declared Liane Moriarty to be my favorite author and my mission began to read every single book she had written.

Next up for me was The Last Anniversary. I really liked it. Not nearly as amazing as the previous 2, but it was very good.

And then…

I read Three Wishes.

Hated it. So much. It was just so BORING, painfully dull, and long.  I faithfully read until the last sentence because I had already declared Liane Moriarty to be my favorite author and how could I not read every word written by my favorite author??

My faith in Liane was 100 percent restored when I read What Alice Forgot. What a beautiful book that was! It gave me so much to think about and I truly loved everything about it.  Have you read this book?  I highly, highly recommend it!  I still think about that book’s message years after I finished reading.  Absolutely loved that book. Beautiful.

I read The Hypnotist’s Love Story during the summer of 2015. I was bored. Read half. Never finished.

HOWEVER, this was also the time when I was pregnant with my son and unless it was something about babies, breastfeeding, or nursery furniture, I wasn’t able to focus on reading anything else.  Looking back, I’m not sure if my review of this book is entirely valid. I probably should re read it at some point now that I can give it the full attention that it deserves….but I just remember being so bored with the first half that I don’t have the desire to try again.  Have you read this book all the way until the end?  What did you think?

When Liane announced that she was releasing her newest book (Truly Madly Guilty) in 2016, I immediately preordered my copy on Amazon. It arrived exactly on its release day and I literally tore the box as I ripped it open! I even wrote a Facebook status asking if anyone could get over here STAT to watch my children and dog so I could sit and read (nobody did. Apparently I need some new friends).

I hated that book. It was heartbreaking, depressing, and awful. Her attempts to lighten the story fell flat. I was so sad…I had been REALLY excited about reading this one for months. How could she do this to me???

And here we are, today. January 2019. Liane released her newest book Nine Perfect Strangers in October. The whole world seems to be reading this book right now! Have you read it?  I have. I have many thoughts. I’ll share them with you on Monday!

How do you feel about Liane Moriarty?

Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on her books?



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24 thoughts on “My Love/Hate Relationship with Liane Moriarty

  1. I am with you on Hypnotist. I read it, but it didn’t have the same momentum as Alice, which I loved. I’m lukewarm on Husband’s Secret and loved Lies. I haven’t read Anniversary or Wishes, but I’ll keep what you said in mind. Truly was definitely weak. I really enjoyed Strangers (even when it got a bit crazy) and hope we agree on that one!


  2. Big Little Lies – I was not a huge fan of the book, I would give it 3 stars. But I LOVED the HBO series. Watch it. Watch it now. It’s rare that I prefer a movie or show over a book, but this is one of those case. I also read the Husband’s Secret….but I can’t remember it so it must not have been too memorable. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. And as for Truly, Madly, Deeply – one star from me and zero memory of my impressions of the book other than I did not like it. I can’t even remember if I finished it or not. It drives me crazy and really disappoints me when an otherwise amazing author writes some horrible books so I can imagine your love/hate relationship with her. Can’t wait to hear about Nine Perfect Stranger!


  3. I have to read most of her books.. Her books are a hit or a miss. Hopefully I will like strangers and truly madly deeply… I just realized that’s in my TBR ๐Ÿ˜‚


      1. And in mine… I loved Savage Garden for a couple of their songs. I wanted my prince charming to sing me this song… Now I got neither prince not charming… ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚


  4. Iโ€™ve have read all but one of Lianes books. Some Iโ€™ve really enjoyed, others Iโ€™ve loved. I havenโ€™t read Alice yet and even though itโ€™s been sitting in my bookcase for ages every time I go to read it something holds me back.
    I was really excited to read Nine Perfect Strangers and was so disappointed by it. I didnโ€™t enjoy it at all and think if it was the first of hers I had read I wouldnโ€™t bother with any others. Am interested to hear what you think.

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      1. I took my eldest to the library the other day so he could get some books…….and came home with 7 for myself ๐Ÿ˜‚. Once Iโ€™m done with them Iโ€™ll read Alice. Will let you know what I think.
        Have a great day ๐Ÿ˜Š


  5. I am surprised you hated Three Wishes. I love this book. I have actually read it three times (no pun intended). Recommended it to a few different friends, one didn’t see my draw to the book. Another loved it and we both became hooked on Liane M.


  6. I’m reading Truly Madly Guilty and find it depressing as hell, that’s how I ran across your blog. I’m on pg 77 and have had it out two renewals. I agree with your comments about it here. Loved listening to Five Perfect Strangers on audio and loved reading the one that was an HBO series.


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