What Kelli is Reading: Apples Never Fall

My daughter Kelli recently read a book that she wanted to share with all of you.  The book is Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.


Kelli writes:
This book wasn’t too bad.  A common complaint that I have about books is that I feel like I know how they are going to end long before they actually end, but this time, that is not the case.  The ending truly sent me for a loop–but in a good way.

My one complaint about this book is that it hops back and forth between the current time and previous periods in time.  As a person who rarely gets time to sit down and listen to something for an extended period of time, this was a little frustrating as it always took a little bit to realize which time period I was in.  This however is no fault of the book or the writer, but I think if I would have been able to sit down and dedicate a larger chunk of time or if I had my Aftershokz.

I broke my Aftershokz headphones.  If you haven’t tried them, just know these they are the best.  They don’t go “in” your ear.  They sit just outside your ear and are awesome.  Debbie or Pat…I can’t remember which, at the cross stitch retreat got mom and I started on these and we both love them!!

I concentrate on books much better with my headphones on.  I ended up ordering another pair being mine broke.

The other thing that I didn’t like was that it dragged a lot.  The book went very deep into many relationships that didn’t seem to be overly important in the story, so I did get a little bored.  I also felt like it was just on the cusp of turning into some kind of risque plot line, which traditionally isn’t the kind of book I want to read.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
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.”

Overall, it wasn’t a waste of time, but I have read better.  Amazon readers gave it 4.2 stars.  I’d probably agree.

You can find the book HERE if you’re interested.

3 thoughts on “What Kelli is Reading: Apples Never Fall”

  1. I read this book months ago and if I recall correctly was thought provoking. I find the author’s writing style to be a bit unique and not what I’m used to. I agree that parts of it were a bit slow. That’s why I read so I can skim those sections rather than trying to listen to them because my mind starts to wander and the next thing I know I’ve missed an hour of it.

  2. I just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it! I like books that really delve into the personalities of the characters and truly develop the story plot. I went on to read another of Moriarity’s books and liked it even more. I would give it a rating closer to 5.

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