I started the year with a really great reading plan, which you can check out here. When the summer arrived, I derailed from the plan quite a bit. I stuck with reading the entire Harry Potter series within 7 months (!!!). However, my non-fiction book choices have been cast the side for light, summer reading. Today, I want to share my Apples Never Fall review.
Well… I say light, but then I dive right into a recent book I read, Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. If you recognize the author, you will know that her books are most likely not light and fluffy. If I were to characterize the perfect summer read, it would be a page-turner that I simply can not put down. Apples Never Fall was definitely that for me!
This is about a family in Australia. There is a mom, dad, and four grown children. Joy and Stan Delaney, the mom and dad, were well-known in the tennis world. They were both tennis players and after Stan had an injury, they opened a tennis club where Stan coached young players. Their children are Troy, Brooke, Amy and Logan.
One night, a mysterious visitor named Savannah shows up at Joy & Stan’s house. Joy feels so sorry for Savannah that she allows Savannah to live with them for an indefinite amount of time. All of the kids, along with Stan, feel uncomfortable with Savannah being taken in by Joy.
Through a series of unfortunate events, Savannah is confronted and she decides to leave.
Not long after, Joy is missing and no one (not even the police) have any good leads on where she might be or what might have happened to her.
I went into this book expecting a thriller and it was definitely that, but it was also a deep dive into a dysfunctional family coming to terms with the past. I was very surprised by the end but thought it was good. The time jumps in the storyline are really easy to follow. I always love a story that splits up the story into past and present. Liane does a great job of letting know if you’re reading in the present or the past.
I highly recommend this! Thanks for checking out my Apples Never Fall review! Have you read it?