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Apples Never Fall: From the No.1 bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers and Big Little Lies Paperback
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Just what is wrong? Shallow characters, no character development and muddy motives mar every section of the book. The plot is nonsensical and the lack of comprehensible plot growing out of character actions makes the entire book fall flat. Because of these flaws the book is neither a domestic thriller or a literary examination of family dysfunction. The book ends up being nothing much at all. I’m tired of the taste for O’Henry endings, but the supposed twist just isn’t believable and is telegraphed from the beginning. Because Moriarty is so skilled the reader doesn’t notice unless thinking critically. It is the literary equivalent of drinking soda or eating a candy bar, but not as a special treat. Instead this book is the kind of thing you’re sorry you ate as you struggle with disappointment and nausea. This reads like a waste of time, money, calories and treats. Apples Never Fall is a true disappointment because Moriarty has excelled at balancing genuine insight into people’s behavior with an engrossing read in the past but she failed here.
First of all, it’s so extremely readable. I downed it quickly and I do love a good mystery, so that plus the family drama was good stuff. Definitely read it, especially if you’re a fan of her other work but even if you aren’t.
Secondly, I remember thinking about halfway through that even though it was a good read, it lacked her usual musings on people and relationships and families etc. Boy was I wrong. it all comes rushing in towards the end and then you realize what you’d missed all along, much like the characters themselves.
Thirdly: I really had a hard time with the conclusions in this book. The main thing I want to say is, it is not OK to excuse toxic by calling it “complicated“. There are bad and toxic relationships and bad and toxic behaviors. it is not OK to write them off as part of life and relationships and just complicated; sometimes you really do need to walk away. The book very much highlighted how generational some damage is and how scars are left behind even if you determine to be different. All of the
Characters need to be in therapy, not just the one of them.
Lastly: you can love someone and realize that you can’t and shouldn’t trust them, and recognize that it’s unwise and damaging to keep them in your life, especially if little innocent kids are involved. I wish more of the characters in the book had realized that.
I think I’m going to reread it right away and chew on it some more.