I love Liane Moriarty (my favorite of her books is What Alice Forgot, but I’ve read most of them!) and was delighted to see she had a new book coming out this fall.
I listened to her newest book, Apples Never Fall, on audio (her books are a little extra fun on audio because of the Australian accent of the narrator) and I loved all 18 plus hours of it, mostly on a solo road trip I did a few weeks ago.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Apples Never Fall is all about the Delaney family.
Stan and Joy are the parents with four grown children – two daughters and two sons.
The Delaneys are a tennis family, through and through. Stan and Joy met as young champion tennis players, spent their careers running a famed tennis school together, are basically unbeatable at doubles, and raised four excellent tennis players (although none of them went on to play professionally).
Now the school has been sold and Stan and Joy are trying to figure out how to be retired.
And then Joy goes missing.
That would be bad enough, but . . . the most obvious suspect is Stan.
Two of the children are convinced their dad is innocent. The other two? Well, they aren’t so sure.
Could their dad have murdered their mom?
The narration bounces between the past and the present and you hear from Joy, Stan, each of the four kids, and the police investigators, which makes it really fun.
This one reminded me most of her book Truly Madly Guilty – with the multiple narrators, the bouncing timelines and the slow build to the finale, it has a lot of similarities, but this one is much better, I think.
I think what Liane Moriarty is a master at is carefully putting each piece of the story together so you keep making new discoveries, while you’re kept guessing almost to the very end.
And while there are a lot of characters and storylines, I think she does a phenomenal job keeping them all so distinct that it doesn’t feel arduous to keep track of them all.
If you’re looking for a really fun fall read, this was a winner in my book!
Have you read Apples Never Fall yet? I’d love to know what you thought!