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From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Apples Never Fall.
"I'll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That's what you young people don't realise. That's why you're always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear."
So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law.
It's been over seventy years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. The Munro Baby Mystery still hasn't been solved and tourists can visit the abandoned home, exactly as it was found in 1932.
But now Connie has passed away and the island residents ponder her legacy. Sophie Honeywell is looking down the barrel of her fortieth birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby's granddaughter, can't tell anyone what she hopes for. It would be too shocking.
Meanwhile, a frumpy housewife makes a pact with a stranger, an old lady starts making her own decisions and a family secret finally explodes on an extraordinary night of mulled wine, fire-eating and face-painting-the Last Anniversary.
Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Paula Hawkins will love Liane Moriarty.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST ANNIVERSARY
"Original and entertaining ... deeply affecting" The Australian
"[A] stunner...[Moriarty's] prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap." Publishers Weekly
- Publisher : Pan Australia (1 January 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743535511
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743535516
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 39,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The descriptions of Scribbly Gum Island was just so picturesque. Only a handful of houses and only able to be reached by boat, it sounded bliss. If Sophie hadn't have wanted to move there, I would have been first in the queue to bite her hand off to go live there myself as it just sounded so wonderful.
As much as I was interested in finding out more abut the Munroe baby mystery, the characters and their lives really stand out in this story. Grace was someone who really interested me and my heart went out to her also. Sophie is definitely a wonderful character and her love life brings a lot of humour into the story. She hasn't had much luck on that front but it really makes for some enjoyable reading.
The Last Anniversary is very much about family, relationships as well as secrets. It covers topics like post natal depression of which I thought the author handled really well. I have to admit to being slightly disappointed by the mystery revelation but I think that's more my own fault as I read lots of psychological thrillers with big twists and for some reason was expecting there to be one. Setting that part to one side though, this really is an enjoyable book that will intrigue and entertain its reader.
The family is thrown into turmoil, though, when Connie leaves her own house on the island to Sophie, who isn't even a relative. As she moves in and gets to know the rest of the family, Sophie has to deal with the disappointment - in her own view - of being nearly forty and still without a soulmate. But young mother Grace has other ideas...
A very readable book, though you have to suspend your disbelief a little bit over the Munro Baby mystery. Lots of insights into the impact of a new baby on a marriage, and how, even in later life, it's never too late to try something new.
This book builds up the mystery of what happened to Alice and Jack Munro over 73 years ago. The sisters Connie and Ruth have capitalised on what happened, along with the ‘Munro Baby’ and her descendants.
Piece by piece the story is unveiled, you don’t get to find out everything at once. Even the small things that are happening are revealed to you slowly, such as Sophie;’s letter from Connie. Snippets are told to various people or thought about, but you don’t get the full letter until a couple of chapters later. This really builds the suspense about everything that is happening. It certainly is all a mystery.
I did, unfortunately, guess what the ‘big’ mystery was and what had happened to Alice and Jack. I started to piece it together myself; I don’t know if this is intentional or whether I figured out based on a process of elimination.
It didn’t ruin it for me, having guessed, though, it was more a fist such to the air type of moment. Additionally, we get all the full details; no stone is left unturned. We aren’t left in the dark about anything.
I real enjoyed this book and am already missing the residents of Scribbly Gum Island. I wish we could follow them some more, but I know that Moriarty only writes stand-alone books so this won’t be happening. I may have to re-visit this book again, though, in the future.