Apples Never Fall - book cover
Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Co.
  • Published : 14 Sep 2021
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN-10 : 1250220254
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250220257
  • Language : English

Apples Never Fall

#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.

Editorial Reviews

#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Liane Moriarty hits an ace in Apples Never Fall." The Associated Press

"Game, Set, Murder. . . . Liane Moriarty's next blockbuster novel Apples Never Fall [is] a high-wire act that blends marital drama, a long con, a potential murder―and competitive tennis. Everything Liane Moriarty touches turns to gold. . . . The Australian author's next project, which is already destined for the small screen, is a throwback to her best-known―and most beloved―material: family secrets."Entertainment Weekly

"Moriarty tells a great story, understands her characters and cares about them, too. Readers who have kept up with her books will adore Apples Never Fall, and readers just discovering Moriarty will seek out her previous titles after savoring this fresh, juicy tale."The Washington Post

"Do yourself a favor and read this ASAP 'cause it'll likely be everyone's next binge-worthy TV obsession by next year. The author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers returns with another unputdownable book about what it really means to be family."E! Online

"[Liane Moriarty] cements herself as a master of mystery, using every detail in her tangled narrative web to keep the reader guessing until the final shocking twist."―Vulture

"Combines domestic realism and noirish mystery. . . . The structure follows the pattern of Big Little Lies by setting up a mystery and then jumping months into the past to unravel it. Funny, sad, astute, occasionally creepy, and slyly irresistible."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Moriarty is at her best. . . . No clue is left abandoned, not even in the chilling final chapter."Booklist (starred review)

"Moriarty's flair for domestic dysfunction paired with mystery is on full display, and the symbolism of including a sport where love equals zero makes this read even more delicious. Apples Never Fall will be a grand slam with the author's fans and enchant new readers alike."―Sarah Gelman, Amazon

"I loved it. An absolute page-turner with all the wit and nuance that put Liane Moriarty head and shoulders above the crowd. Liane Moriarty shows once again why she leads the pack."―Jane Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Dry and The Survivors

"Moriarty has an eye for the telling details that rivals Anne Tyler's―and a knack for building suspense. This tale of a tennis mom gone missing will keep you guessing."―People Magazine, "Best Books Fall 2021 Must-Reads"

"A wifty tale of domestic suspense, and a satisfying, layered family drama where the...

Readers Top Reviews

If you love tennis , loved big little lies , and love a good read this is a must! Will be my bookclub choice because before I sat round slurping wine and talking about books I used to spend a lot of my life at the local club playing so called ‘social tennis’ - so it’s a delight to read a novel that covers the dynamic of club tennis as well as some fab insights into the junior game! Thank you Liane Moriarty!
Ann M. Black
I have read all Lianes books and have loved them all, this one does not disappoint. Her characterisation is just amazing, they are what I love most about Lianes books although the plots are always so clever too. Joy is an absolute delight and getting to know her and Stan and all her children makes this such a wonderful read, add in the mystery of Savannah and where is Joy then this makes for one very unputdownable, read in one sitting book, highly recommend.
linda galella
It’s going to take you quite a long time to find out… “Apples Never Fall” is a many layered family drama with a murder/missing person mystery at the center. The almost 70 year old mother of 4 adult children has gone missing. Her husband is complacent to the point of frustration for this reader and the siblings are in need of a family discount at with a local therapist. Perhaps too many head snaps on the tennis court? Readers will be snapping their heads as the POV changes between characters and between LAST SEPTEMBER, OCT…and NOW. Time changes are clearly marked at the beginning of each chapter but the character influences are up to the reader. Most of it flows well but the middle of the book was a slog for me with too much repetition and tennis stuff. Whatever you do, don’t quit because the ending of the gem is an extremely well veiled smack in the unbelievable! It’s been a very long time since I was this surprised by a book’s ending. Besides being a bit over written in the mid section, author, Liane Moriarty, does employ a full compliment of expletives in her writing. It’s not gratuitous but it’s a bunch and doesn’t add to the story or characters. Violence and sexual content is mostly implied, nothing graphic. So, this is a long story that will provide lots of entertaining time, if the language isn’t a problem for you. There’s great opportunity to practice your family counseling skills and brush up on your tennis techniques all while trying to figure out what happened to Mom and is it true that “Apples Never Fall”?
I'm a fan of Liane Moriarty, but her latest book Nine Perfect Strangers didn't impress, so I was apprehensive about losing my favorite author but decided to pre-order Apples Never Fall and found this book enjoyable. Moriarty's wry humor and complex family dynamics are back. Enjoy the book!