Customer Review

Reviewed in Australia on 13 November 2021
Liane Moriarty writes the kind of hard-hitting drama that I love - with a hint of mystery/thriller on the side. This one was no exception.

Joy and Stan were the perfect couple. They had four adult children, a nice house, a tennis court in their backyard, and a successful tennis coaching business. They were also a strong couple in tennis matches, perfectly communicating silently to match each other’s movements on and off courts. Except, there was no such thing as perfect. So when Joy went missing, the entire neighbourhood and their children were divided on whether Stan finally lost his temper and killed her.

First of all, can I say how delighted I was to find out that the main characters of this book were in their 70s? Joy and Stan Delaney were both such strong characters (and so were the Delaney kids - Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke). Each had distinct personality, strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the book, I couldn’t help but falling in love with all of them.

This entire book was about the Delaneys; what they did right, what they did wrong, and what happened leading up to Joy’s disappearance. So it was only natural to ‘see’ the events unfolding multiple times from the point of views of the four children. With this kind of storytelling formula, sometimes it could significantly slow down the pace and readers might lose interest. However, Moriarty did this very creative approach where those chapters were written from the perspective of ‘nobodies’, i.e. non-characters/passerby’s in the story - it still slowed down the pace in some places, but it was unique enough to keep me interested in turning the pages.

I would recommend this book highly to those who enjoyed Big Little Lies. In my opinion, the style of this book was more similar to it than the other Moriarty books, such as Nine Perfect Strangers, What Alice Forgot, etc.

It was such a wonderful reading experience!

(Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for a free copy in exchange for an honest review)
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