I don’t even need to read the reviews for Liane Moriarty books now – having loved her back catalogue, including both Little Lies and The Hypnotist’s Love Story, I buy them ready to magically appear on my Kindle on publication date – and that’s what I did for The Last Anniversary.
Here’s the Amazon blurb:
“From Liane Moriarty, million copy selling author of The Husband’s Secret, comes The Last Anniversary, a captivating story laced with mystery.
‘This is your last chance to change your mind, Rose. After today we can’t go back. Ever.’
Seventy-three years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie found an abandoned baby in the only other house on their little island, Scribbly Gum. With both parents vanished without a trace, Rose and Connie made the decision to take the baby in as their own. And since then the ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ has brought them fame and fortune.
But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell inheriting her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. With the anniversary looming, and people still trying to solve the mystery, how much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their little community for four generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?”
As with all Ms Moriarty’s books – there are lots of intertwined plots throughout the book – that all culminate in the final few chapters pulling all the loose ends together. The island of Scribbly Gum seems almost Famous Five-esque, and the main character – Sophie – is very nearly 40 – so all immediately great points of reference for me. Throw in new babies, nut allergies, children’s books, dressing up, painting and decorating – and that’s all good too! As ever, it was a really good read – and I pretended the kids hadn’t gone to sleep for an extra 15 minutes last night so I could finish it!!
Having said all of the loose ends are pulled together – I would still really like to know what happens next to lots of the characters………