I have yet again just finished reading another book, so I thought I should do a review on it while it is fresh in my mind!
This weeks book is…
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
“Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he proposed, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island – home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.
Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions.
As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around – and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.”
I have to start this off and say, this was nothing like I expected it to be. I thought ‘The Last Anniversary’ meant something along the lines of a husband/wife getting divorced or one of them getting killed or dying. ‘The Last Anniversary’ is actually about the anniversary when the Munro’s (husband and wife) completely vanished the island, leaving a few-week-old baby behind. After this happened, sisters Connie and Rose looked after the baby and brought it up themselves. But there was a shocking secret behind what happened here.
A big negative on this book for me was the family tree. I found is extremely difficult to follow as there were so many family members from different generations. The book took me a long time to get into, I almost quit reading it at one stage because it was beginning to become a chore. Though, I managed to keep on going, and the book and story got a little better as it went along. I’m not sure if it would be the same for everyone having trouble with who’s who! I also found it hard to remember what ages characters were.
A positive of the book for me is that I enjoyed the story and events, and how the whole book slowly panned out and began making more sense. I also sort of liked how it was based in Australia.
Definitely not my favourite Liane Moriarty book, but it was still half enjoyable. If you’re a fan of her and haven’t read this one, you probably should! Check out my previous reviews for some of her other books:
About the Author
“Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels – Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times best sellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies.
Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, son and daughter.”
The genres of this book are fiction, women’s fiction, mystery and contemporary.
I give this book today a 6/10.
I hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know if you’ve read this one in the comments below!