Apples Never Fall
By Liane Moriarty
Pan Macmillan Australia 2021
A mother’s love is not always as clearly defined as one might imagine. And there are many ways for a child to show and return that love.
In Apples Never Fall the Delaney family are a passionate, competitive and larger-than-life tennis family. The parents, Stan and Joy, have recently retired from their tennis coaching school that both they and their children lived and breathed for decades. But neither Stan, Joy, nor their children made it to Wimbledon as hoped, and the question looms about who is most disappointed by this.
Savannah is not one of the Delaneys and her mysterious entry into their lives is unexpected. Her ulterior motive is unclear and when Joy disappears, suspicions about Savannah’s involvement bubble to the surface.
Liane Moriarty, author of nine successful adult novels, never fails to deliver. As with all of her published stories, she craftily builds numerous characters, each with vivid, defined voices. Her strength in writing from each character’s perspective is consistent and entertaining. Despite dark themes, Moriarty continues to create stories with humour and energy that allow her readers to breeze through the tales with light-heartedness.
One of my favourite authors; Apples Never Fall is another of Moriarty’s that I’d highly recommend.
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