Title: The Last Anniversary
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publication: Penguin (23 Oct. 2014)
Summary: One abandoned baby. Two sisters with a secret. One chance to rewrite the past. Over seventy years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby near their home on the island Scribbly Gum. With no one to take care of it, Rose and Connie took the baby in as their own. Since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought fame and fortune, putting Scribbly Gum on the tourist map, especially for the island's annual celebration. But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell about to move into her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their community for generations? And what other secrets are about to be revealed?
What I Think
I think I may have found another great (not merely good) chick lit author. Up until now my favourites are Jojo Moyes and Mhairi McFarlane and, although they remain my favourites, Liane Moriarty might be joining them. I'll have to read another book of hers to make my final decision. Previously by Moriary I read The Husband's Secret and despite thoroughly enjoying The Last Anniversary it wasn't as good. It was a little too 'chick litty'. You see, even though I like chick lit books occasionally, they do have to meet certain criteria. I class this as sophisticated chick lit, i.e. not too obvious, the female characters should not be pathetic, the male characters should not be too 'hot', there should be a 'deeper' story-line than just 'finding The One'. Yes, I'm picky, but it's worth it when you find the right fit!
And unfortunately The Last Anniversary had some of the criteria I don't like in chick lit. Only fleetingly, but enough to make me say: only read this if you actively want to choose a lighter book to read. Otherwise, read The Husband's Secret because that is a truly excellent book of lies, loyalty and secrets.
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.
The Husband's Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to be translated into over 35 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.
With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Film and television rights have already been snapped up by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Writing as L.M.Moriarty,Liane has also written a series of books for children.