Apples Never Fall

By Liane Moriarty,

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

From Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, comes Apples Never Fall, a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.

The Delaney family…

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6 authors picked Apples Never Fall as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love this book as it’s about a marriage in crisis and it shows the complete power that those we love most can hold over us.

I also loved the fascinating insight into the world of tennis as both main characters are tennis coaches – and I’ve always enjoyed Wimbledon! I thought the family dynamics and the push-and-pull of who to trust and why was utterly gripping.

I also loved how the way other people see the marriage is so completely different to how Stan and Joy, the husband and wife, see it. There are different versions of truth and,…

Moriarty's writing makes me laugh in one paragraph and tear up in the next. One of her greatest writing strengths is her ability to place the reader in each character's head firmly.

This book has many poignant, quotable lines, and the plotline moves at a good pace, keeping the reader invested in the outcome, which is very satisfactory.

I'd consider this story a regular masterpiece, and I couldn't put it down. (Note-some strong language). I thought Nine Perfect Strangers was my favorite Moriarty book, but now I'm totally conflicted—a memorable read.

Full discloser: Liane Moriarty could write a book about lawn fertilizer, and I’d probably read it.

All of her books achieve that elusive balance between sincerity and laugh-out-loud humor, and this is no exception. The story revolves around the disappearance of Joy Delaney, a mother to four adult children and retired owner of Delaney Tennis Academy.

My favorite part of the book (and there are many!) is the glimpse into Joy’s inner life as a seasoned mother, which is different from yet fundamentally similar to my own experience as a young mom.

Thorn City

By Pamela Statz,

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What is my book about?

Dressed to kill and ready to make rent, best friends Lisa and Jamie work as “paid to party” girls at the Rose City Ripe for Disruption gala, a gathering of Portland's elite.

Their evening is derailed when Lisa stumbles across Ellen, a ruthless politician and Lisa’s estranged mother. And to make matters worse, Lisa’s boyfriend, Patrick, crashes the party to meet his new boss, Portland's food cart drug kingpin. Lisa makes a fateful choice that traps her, Jamie, and Patrick in Ellen’s web. In this gripping thriller, Lisa must reconcile a painful past and perilous present.

Thorn City

By Pamela Statz,

What is this book about?

Suspected murder, eclectic food trucks, and artisanal cocaine: just another day in Thorn City.

It’s the night of the Rose City Ripe for Disruption gala—a gathering of Portland’s elite. Dressed to kill in sparkling minidresses, best friends Lisa and Jamie attend as “paid to party” girls. They plan an evening of fake flirtations, karaoke playlists, and of course, grazing the catering.

Past and present collide when Lisa stumbles across Ellen, a ruthless politician who also happens to be Lisa’s estranged mother. Awkward . . . When Lisa was sixteen, Ellen had her kidnapped and taken to the Lost Lake Academy—a…


Each of Stan Delaney’s adult children knows he is not the easiest person to get along with.

So, when their mother suddenly disappears, two of them suspect their father. Footage from a neighbor’s security video seems to further implicate Stan.

But what about the mysterious woman that showed up on the family’s doorstep last summer, bruised and battered?

As the siblings try to find out what happened to their mother, they face long-buried resentments that further fuel familial distrust.

I have absolutely loved all of Liane Moriarty’s books (although NPS may have been too many POVs) and her dry wit.

This one encapsulates the stories of all the members of the Delaney family from their POVs and I especially related to Joy – the matriarch of the piece. The romance was there in this novel (between Joy and her husband amongst others); you were left wondering will they, won’t they – but the themes also verged on domestic noir/mystery.

The whole cast provided differing accounts of the same event, whether told in the present or past. Lenses are so…

From Kendra's list on family drama and romance.

This was a literary mystery that renewed my love of the genre. Beginning with an abandoned bike and the disappearance of Joy, the family matriarch, the novel unfolds through the lens of each grown child’s experience of growing up in the Delaney family. When a stranger arrives at the home one night, fleeing her boyfriend, the story is set in motion. The father, a tennis teacher and director of a tennis school, seems the likely culprit of his wife’s disappearance. But as detectives investigate the missing mother’s disappearance and her relationship to the young woman who arrived at the family…

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