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Reviewed in Australia on 20 September 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a suburban family caught in a midst of missing person drama. Moriarty reveals so many layers within the Delaney family: Dad-Stan, Mum-Joy and 4 adult children ranging in age from 29 to 40: Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke.

Moriarty explores various familial themes: parental roles, parental desires for children, broken marriages and their impact on children, sibling rivalry, honesty, love and trust. Underpinned by a common interest in tennis, all 6 of the Delaneys have a history with the sport. Stan and Joy ran the local tennis coaching school and Stan was a highly regarded coach. Joy was the business brains. The 4 children were at one stage or another in their youth tremendously gifted and one or two of them could have likely made a career out of tennis but all chose not too.

The four kids are very different to each other and we get a good understanding of each of their histories as Moriarty bounces from the past to the present using different POVs of each of the family. I liked how we jumped around from one POV to another, all managed by individual chapters or breaks in chapters. It was clever writing. Some readers may find it hard to keep up with the changes but bear with it as it gets easier the further along you get.

I particularly loved the voice or tone of the book. Being a Sydneysider I was able to relate with the tone, the suburban setting and familiarity of the cultural references. I'd love to see it made into a series with only Aussie actors who could relate to the content so easily.

The story pivots around the missing person and the introduction of a stranger to the family: Savannah. She is fantastically written and her background and reasons for being who she is are well presented.

The last third of the story is riveting as Moriarty peels back the many layers of each family member (and Savannah) and it's easy to keep flipping pages quickly. There are many surprises but it also isn't nicely wrapped up which I appreciated.

This could be any family's story and Moriarty does a tremendous job making it feel very relevant and relatable.

I received an early ebook copy from the publisher via NetGalley with no expectation of a favourable review.
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