I have been waiting for Liane Moriarty’s Apples Never Fall to hit the shelves for months, and it did not disappoint!! The Delaney family members in this novel are so vividly depicted that I feel like I know each one of them personally, faults and all. Stan, Joy, Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke Delaney are a family who grew up as tennis stars. They are competitive and successful with typical hopes and dreams. Beneath the surface though, are jealousies, resentments and insecurities – some held on to since childhood.
Stan and Joy Delaney have been married for 50 years, raised four children and devoted their lives to their tennis academy. Now,they have retired, but retirement is requiring some adjustments . . . and now – Joy has disappeared. The police suspect Stan murdered her. The Delaney children aren’t sure whether their father is capable of murder or not. And then, there is Savannah, a strange young woman who moved in with the Delaneys . . . who is she, exactly?
The mystery in Apples Never Fall kept me guessing until the very end. The characters made me laugh at times and at other times, my heart hurt for them. The book is a little long, but I loved every minute of reading it!! I expect this novel will stay on the best-seller lists for quite a while!! (If this book is checked out when you come in, try Big Little Lies or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.)