Australian Author · Domestic Drama · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. (2021).

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. (2021).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments and now that they’ve sold the family business they can learn to ‘relax’. Their 4 adult children are busy with their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one says it out loud. But now Joy has disappeared and her children are re-examining their parents’ marriage and family history. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed?

I found this one alright. It was waaay too long, which a lot of reviewers are saying and I totally agree with. I kind of feel like this has been written with a TV series in mind because it just dragged in places and had unnecessary chapters, but I can see how it would work for a media adaption. To be fair, I feel like I judge this author a bit harsher than some other authors – because I think some of her earlier works are brilliant and so I’ve been a bit disappointed with the last couple as they haven’t been as good (in my humble personal opinion). There were things I enjoyed with this one: the realistic sibling relationships, the concept of retirees being bored after retiring, the family dramas. I don’t mind tennis but I got over the constant mention of it (maybe if the book was shorter I wouldn’t have haha).
Overall: I have no doubt that this book will be just as popular as all of the author’s others, I think it was enjoyable enough but certainly not the author’s best.

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