Apples Never Fall Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From Liane Moriarty, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, comes Apples Never Fall, an audiobook that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.
The Delaney family love one another dearly - it’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 50 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.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,361 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#20 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#54 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#97 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2021
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All the kids were now grown and doing their own thing. Stan & Joy had just sold their academy and moved into retirement. Despite appearing to be the seemingly happy tennis loving family they were rather dysfunctional as a family unit.
A former star pupil, Harry Haddad, whom Stan was grooming for international stardom had suddenly left the academy and joined another coach. He went on to become a Wimbledon champion. Stan never forgave him or his father for betraying him and destroying his dream of coaching a grand slam winner. Harry was going to make a comeback, as well as writing his memoir, which opened up Stan’s old wounds. This brought out a lot of family secrets which highlighted how dysfunctional they were.
In the meantime, a stranger, a young lady named Savannah, turned up randomly on the Delaney doorstep one night looking rather disheveled. Kind hearted Joy took her in and, despite protests from her kids, she became an extended house guest. Who was this stranger? Did she really knock on the Delaney door randomly? Slowly her life was revealed.
This is a rather intriguing tale which had lots of twists and turns as truths are revealed. Families are not always who they seem to be. Neither are strangers.
I’ve read from this author before and love her style of writing. Enjoyed
The details about the start of the COVID pandemic and the sibling rivalry were very relatable. I appreciate the extra details given about tennis since I don't follow the sport.
I absolutely recommend and eagerly await the next Moriarty novel.
Apples Neve Fall is told in classic Moriarty fashion. Something big happens in the first few pages – in this case, Joy Delaney, the mother of four adult children has gone missing. The prime suspect in her disappearance is her husband. Then the book alternates between the recent past, when a stranger knocks on the Delaney’s door and the future where the police are looking for Joy. The stranger, Savanah, is a young woman who says she’s running away from her abusive boyfriend and Joy invites her in. Savanah stays with them up until right before Joy goes missing. Could she be involved?
In the meantime, all four children are harboring secrets of their own. There’s a lot going on in this book and it’s all expertly woven together. I just love Liane Moriarty. Highly recommended.
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It is also about a girl called Savannah who Joy and Stan Delaney took on as a lodger (when she randomly turned up at their doorstep one night without them even knowing who she was) a year before Joys disappearance and who has also become a prime suspect in Joys disappearance.
The book has a multitude of characters who are around Joy and Stan Delaney and their 4 children. Various chapters tell the story from the neighbours and friends perspectives which is incredibly long winded.
The characters are not particularly likeable,especially the four children and I found it really unbelievable that their mother Joy was missing and there was not an ounce of emotion, they just seemed completely self-centred and immersed in themselves and their lives. I just could not feel any empathy for any part of the story.
However the book is a good holiday read, for the simple fact that it is entertaining and it’s an easy story to follow, I just found there were so many holes in the plot. Towards the end when the big revelation of why Savannah had integrated into the Delaneys family life and where Joy had disappeared to for 21 days (with her husband Stan about to be arrested for her murder), the story fell apart for me entirely.
Bearing in mind the authors books have become best sellers, I expected so much more from this author.