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Brought to you by Penguin.

The brand-new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind Amazon Prime's Nine Perfect Strangers and the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies.

From the outside, the Delaneys appear to be an enviably contented family. Even after all these years, former tennis coaches Joy and Stan are still winning tournaments, and now that they've sold the family business they have all the time in the world to learn how to 'relax'. Their four adult children are busy living their own lives, and while it could be argued they never quite achieved their destinies, no-one ever says that out loud.

But now Joy Delaney has disappeared, and her children are re-examining their parents' marriage and their family history with fresh, frightened eyes. Is her disappearance related to their mysterious house guest from last year? Or were things never as rosy as they seemed in the Delaney household?

©2021 Liane Moriarty (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for." (Jojo Moyes)

"Staggeringly brilliant." (Sophie Hannah)

"Keeps you guessing until the very end." (Reese Witherspoon)

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Narrator fail

Enjoyed the story, however found the narrator very annoying and her performance of the book extremely strange!

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  • lottie
  • 09-17-21

Great Fun

I downloaded this book to listen to on a coastal walking holiday.
It was a good choice. Many serious issues tackled but on the whole it often made me smile and laugh out loud.
It is a fun read and l recommend it.
The narrator contributed to the sense of fun.
(I totally forgive her for the Irish accent - Probably tricky for an Australian).
5 stars for entertainment all round.

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  • Rachel C.
  • 09-24-21

Fab

Enjoyed this so much! The characterisation and relationships were stunning, believable
relatable and hugely complemented by quality narration. The light and dark in the story made for a smashing listen. Contemporary (listened 2021) to me born in 1971 and my new favourite work of Liane Moriarty.

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 09-29-21

Best Ever - Laughed, Cried - Thrilling + Inspiring

I have enjoyed Liane Moriarty's books before - enough to consider her latest books as must-haves.
In particular I really loved "9 Perfect Strangers" which enthralled me totally and I thought was an amazing evolution to her already winning style.

Incredibly "Apples Never Fall" is another giant quantum leap on and is simply sublime in structure, style, subject, pathos, psychology and family dynamics - I did not just love it - I adored it so much I listened to several chapters over again and when it came to its rich and haunting ending and final reveal I felt tears rolling down my cheeks.

This was partly as the whole unique book had been so moving but also as I had been enjoying it so much as it was such a fabulous journey that I did not want to end.

All this a haunting and captivating mystery at the very heart of it and so many intriguing sub-plots weaving their way through this richly woven story of complex family dynamics.

It was very well researched and as an avid Tennis fan this not only added another layer of interest but it also authentically captured the passion which so many spectators and players feel about the sport and how it can capture a person's whole life. However for those who have not got the Tennis bug, never fear as this was just a tiny part of the overall experience but just done superbly.

I was totally in awe of the fresh innovative structure of the book and adored the way the chapters were often like stories themselves, told often from the viewpoint of a character who we had not met yet, but who knew the family who we had grown to know so well.

It really was captivating and so tightly plotted with twists and turns and reveals that never failed to shock, delight and amaze. Many of the enchanting little details and character's memories which added so much atmosphere and flavour to the story turned out to be cunning little crumbs which were all gathered together, mixed up and rearranged into an amazing Bombe Surprise Gateaux.

Liane Mortiarty's spectacular writing skills and flawlessly woven plots and sub-plots really was like a magic trick marrying all the different character's experiences and perspectives together to reveal truths beneath truths and expose the complex motivations which form relationships, personalities and seemingly inexplicable actions.
It really was fascinating and so very very clever and so emotionally intelligent - funny, sad, bittersweet with so much insight into generational differences and relationships - but overall just so richly entertaining and unselfconsciously written it was GENIUS!

The narration was perfection also and really brought out all the characters and scenes so evocatively - hilarious at times, tender at others. I will really miss this voice in my head bringing this truly memorable and multi layered story to life every night.

I don't know what this book has inspired me more to do - start playing Tennis again or finally start plotting my first mystery thriller!

A million stars for this one in a million book.

Thank you so much Liane Moriarty - this was just such a delicious, unique and super special sublime treat.

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  • Gill Maclellan
  • 09-21-21

Fantastic. I think her best.

I didn’t enjoy nine perfect strangers, it was disjointed and somehow incomplete. But this latest book is truly fabulous writing. Moriartys observations of people’s everyday thoughts and interactions is perfect. And so real, it’s what makes her writing special.
I loved the plot twist in this book kept me hooked throughout.

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  • Gabriella
  • 09-25-21

As brilliant as ever, both the story and narration

As always with Liane Moriarty's books you are taken on an extraordinary journey. Nothing is straightforward, nothing is obvious or what it seems at first glance. The lines of the characters ordinary lives are intertwined in an unexpected way we all got used to in Liane's books. You can never ever guess the next turn in the journey.
The Apples Never Fall is nothing less than what we got used to from the author. Absolutely brilliant storytelling with the greatest, wittiest detailing.
The narration from Caroline Lee is flawless and nothing short of excellent.
Honestly, Liane's books are kind of a soulfood- should be available from your GP! Luckily it is available in the shops!
Cannot wait for the next book! Xx

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  • Fleurie
  • 09-23-21

Peerless Storytelling

This was a sweet treat from intriguing start to spine-tingly finish. Liiane Moriarty is the Anthony Trollope de nos jours and should be feted as such. An assured hand throughout and did Chekhov proud with the apples in the opening scene echoed in the crumble of one of the last. Caroline Lee’s narration gilded the lily; sublimely nuanced, moving and heartfelt. Thank you so much for this title. Marguerite Jasmin Tomlinson

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

hooked - brilliant narrator

I really enjoyed this book- I think the story really benefits from being presented as an audiobook; the narrator adds a certain element which makes dialogue and thoughts of characters come alive and makes particular parts hilarious- and while some parts may feel slow, it does keep you on the edge of your seat and it all comes together in the end.

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  • Cecilie Horn
  • 09-26-21

Loved every minute

Liane Moriarty is one of my favourite authors and this is maybe her best book yet. 18 hours of listening was not a minute too long.

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  • J. Regan
  • 09-23-21

Back on Form

I do like Liane Moriarty , I find her characters and their relationships nuanced and believable . This one is back up to her usual standard.

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  • Christina Ashmore
  • 09-21-21

Great Story!

Another winner from the brilliant Liane Moriarty! Loved the story and characters.. always going back to listen to her books (especially What Alice Forgot and The Last Anniversary, my absolute favourites) and have always recommended her to anyone and everyone! So glad Caroline Lee was the narrator again, her voice is amazing at capturing each character!

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