Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Published: 2021. 1. First lines. 2. Cover Pan Macmillan 3. Bicycle [free stock photo] via Deposit photos 4. Green apples [Public Domain] via Pixabay 5. Closeup of a tennis ball [Public Domain] via Wikimedia

Tennis family, the Delaneys, have operated a training school for many years, but parents Joy and Stan are now retired. Joy unexpectedly disappears, and her husband and four grown-up children fear the worst. They are also concerned about a young woman who has appeared at the Delaney house recently, and they think the two incidents might be related.

BOOK SNAPS: The main characters in this book are so realistic that they “spring from the page so fully formed that I would feel comfortable selecting their clothes, ordering their meals and guessing their attitudes toward the newest releases on Netflix….” says the New York Times. But I, too, felt slightly let down by the ending (New York Times). Arts Hub also commented: “the eventual unravelling and denoument of Joy’s whereabouts feels a bit weak and lacking in terms of credibility.” Nevertheless, this is a good read – the writing is superb. “Funny, sad, astute, occasionally creepy, and slyly irresistible.” (Kirkus)

“Everyone had secrets.”


“Joy preferred not to embarrass Steffi by offering her dog food as Steffi didn’t appear to know she was a dog.”

“You must never stop watching! Insidious calories can creep onto your plate and onto your body. Sometimes calories can find you in your dreams.”

“She found that the less she thought, the more often she found simple truths appearing right in front of her.”

“Joy made the money and Stan made the stars.”

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