October 5, 2021

Apples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall

by Liane Moriarty

Published August 14, 2021
by Henry Holt & Co.

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Family Drama / Suspense

I adore Liane Moriarty and this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! This read more like a contemporary fiction / family drama for me rather than a thriller but it did build a sense of foreboding that I really enjoyed.

When Joy goes missing, at first, her family is unconcerned. She sent a text after all – though garbled and non sensical – indicating she was going off grid. But with no use of her credit cards, her cell phone left at home, and nothing noticeably missing, as the days and weeks go by, her kids start to suspect their parents’ marriage wasn’t quite what they thought and that their father may have murdered their mother.

I loved the writing style of this novel. It alternated between past and present but the present story was told through bystanders overhearing important conversations and gossip or through the police investigation. Most of the story felt like a family drama as we learned of the Delaney’s dirty laundry and things from their past that may have led to Joy missing.

Personally, I enjoyed the COVID aspect toward the end of the book. It made it feel very current though I can imagine in several years it will date the book and eventually make it less relatable to certain audiences. I also absolutely loved the ending. It was exactly where I needed the book to go and with the fact that most of the book wasn’t exactly a thriller, it added a thrilling element to the novel as a whole.

My biggest gripe about this novel is the length. At a whopping 460 pages, it was unnecessarily long and probably would’ve been better kept around 100 less! It did read fairly fast though so if you love Moriarty, I wouldn’t let the length be a deterrent!

A cross between We Are The Brennans and Not A Happy Family, if you loved either of those books, this is one you must pick up!