Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty

Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty is a dramatic mystery about a dysfunctional family that will keep you guessing. There are quite a few interesting themes throughout the book and the main character is lots of fun to read about. This is a perfect audiobook for those who love drama and a little mystery as well.

Apples Never Fall, Liane MoriartyTitle: Apples Never Fall
Author: Liane Moriarty
Narrator: Caroline Lee
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Delaney family love one another dearly―it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .

If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.

The Delaney family is a communal foundation. Stan and Joy are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killer on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are they so miserable?

The four Delaney children―Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke―were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups. Well, that depends on how you define success. No one in the family can really tell you what Troy does, but based on his fancy car and expensive apartment, he seems to do it very well, even if he blew up his perfect marriage. Logan is happy with his routine as a community college professor, but his family finds it easier to communicate with his lovely girlfriend than him. Amy, the eldest, can’t seem to hold down a job or even a lease, but leave it to Brooke, the baby of the family, to be the rock-steady one who is married with a new solo physiotherapy practice . . . which will take off any day now.

One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door. She says she chose their house because it looked the friendliest. And since Savannah is bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend, the Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.

Later, everyone will wonder what exactly went on in that household after Savannah entered their lives that night. Because now Joy is missing, no one knows where Savannah is, and the Delaneys are reexamining their parents’ marriage and their shared family history with fresh, frightened eyes.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Apples Never Fall Liane Moriarty

This is a book about a family who owned a tennis academy and their triumphs and struggles in the tennis world. Told from multiple points of view and a dual timeline that flips from the past to present day, there is a lot to digest when it comes to the Delaney family,  When the matriarch, Joy, disappears, the family drama heats up and a lot of old wounds are reopened. As well, there are a lot of themes in the story, including aging, sibling rivalry and complicated marriages

❀ Joy is a Firecracker

Joy is my favourite character in the book and she is such a firecracker! She almost seems like she is losing her mind at times. Especially when she takes in a complete stranger, which turns her family upside down. It seems that as she has gotten older, she is willing to take some risks and make new and exciting choices for herself.

❀ Enjoyable Audiobook

Listening to the audio version of the book definitely increased my enjoyment of the story, as there are quite a few characters to keep track of. The narrator really did a fantastic job making sure each character was unique and I really appreciated this as I was listening. She really brought Joy to life for me and I found myself laughing out loud many times while listening to this one.

❀ Surprising Ending

The mystery of what happened to Joy is a theme throughout the story, but it doesn’t feel a whole lot like a thriller to me.  That being said, the ending took me by surprise and I appreciated how clever the book ended. However, the last part of the story seemed to drag a bit as there was a lot to reveal about where the characters are at present time and how the pandemic is affecting them.

❀ perfect for Moriary fans

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty is one to try if you are a fan of the author and enjoy a drama-filled novel with many characters. The audiobook version is one that I highly recommend if you are intimidated by a large cast of character, but are interested in the premise. I look forward to reading the next Moriarty novel.

About Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty; the New York Times bestsellers Nine Perfect Strangers, What Alice Forgot, and The Last Anniversary; The Hypnotist’s Love Story; and Three Wishes. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

19 thoughts on “Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty

  1. Sam@WLABB says:

    Yeah! I actually just put a hold on this audiobook at the library, so this is encouraging. I did not read her last two books, but I adore Moriarty’s work. Can’t wait to meet Joy

  2. Kelly M. says:

    I have a bunch of Liane Moriarty books on my TBR, including this one. I’m still waiting for them to become available at the library — they’re extremely popular!

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