Stan and Joy Delaney have been married for almost fifty years, they live in a quiet street on the outskirts of Sydney and the couple recently sold their successful tennis coaching business and have retired. They have four adult children, Troy, Logan, Amy and Brooke and the couple are classed as empty nesters. The one thing Joy doesn’t have, is grandchildren, and she’s eagerly waiting for one of her children to make her a grandmother.
Joy mysteriously vanishes on a hot summers day, she left home, didn’t take her phone, handbag, spare clothes and her bank account hasn’t been touched. Stan’s a big man, he’s fit for his age, and he wouldn’t have harmed Joy, hid any evidence and lied to his children? The Delaney siblings are suddenly looking back at their childhood, for any signs their parent’s marriage wasn’t a happy one and like most couples they had the odd disagreement. Joy seemed happy being a wife, mother, business and tennis partner of Stan. Did she resent being the only one to cook the family meals, pack the school lunches, do endless loads of washing, did they all take what she did for granted and has she done a runner?
Stan and Joy, had a young woman stay with them for six weeks last year, her name is Savannah, and could she have something to do with Joy’s disappearance? As the two detectives, family, friends and business acquaintances look back at life in the Delaney home, conversations, family interactions and celebrations can be viewed very differently and opinions vary. Liane Moriarty has a way of layering a story, with lots of little details and moments, that makes you think about what really goes on behind closed doors and anything is possible.
I received a copy of Apples Never Fall in exchange for an honest review, it has the perfect amount of intrigue, mystery, suspense, anticipation and family drama, and five stars from me.