Apples Never Fall - Liane Moriarty

Apples Never Fall

Author: Liane Moriarty

  • Publication Date: 2021-09-14
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4
(From 2,439 Ratings)


#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 love one another dearlyit’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .

If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.

The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?

The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.

One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.

Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure—but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.


  • Loved it

    By Lschnitty
    I found this book hard to get into at first, but once I was in it, I was in it! This book had me laughing and crying. I love the characters, and the family dynamics. Great twists and turns like always!
  • Well written but the protagonist is hard to root for

    By Xandrazoo
    I liked this author’s writing style, but some of the poor judgment calls the main character makes are disappointing and perhaps over-simplify things a little. That said, I really enjoyed some of the plot twists and genuinely did not see them coming.
  • Great examination of a messy loving family

    By HilaryL40
    A great engaging quick read. Moriarty is so hilarious, I kept laughing aloud. Perfect if you’re in the mood for something well-written yet entertaining.
  • Moriarty Fan Disappointed

    By hkngukb
    As an avid Moriarty fan, I couldn’t wait to devour her newest release. This is unlike anything else she’s written. 2/3 of the book is unnecessary fluff. Although she writes dialogue that is so raw and nuanced, there just is no plot around it. It drones on for long, nearly intolerable stretches that left me wondering- when is something going to “happen” to drive the plot forward? It was a struggle to finish, but I persevered because I have such a fondness for her work. I wouldn’t purchase this book again.
  • Struggled!

    By t_and_d_mama
    This took me ages to get through, there just wasn’t enough of a plot to drag me in. I love this author, her character descriptions, and jumping from one narrative to another, but this one just wasn’t a hit for me. Not sure how I feel about bringing COVID into the story at the end also.
  • Very engaging

    By k-stin
    I like Liane’s books as they are easy to slip,into the work when other things are going on around you. I was very engaged in this book and loved it from start to finish. I don’t know what book other reviewers read. I feel like they maybe didn’t really read this one. I liked how details were interwoven and thought that was creative. I liked how the end was a little different than her usual book. I really enjoyed all of it.
  • Over Written

    I slogged my way through this book. What is the point of this book? Even to the end, I kept hoping for something, but never found it. I’ll never read another of her over written mish mash of a book.
  • This is a pass

    By jojo2731
    Found this book to be slow and boring, anti-climatic.
  • Very boring

    By anabellegoodier
    I was so bored like omf
  • Not my favorite

    By gypsytank
    Hard to get thru finally just skipped to end to see what happened.