The Last Anniversary - Liane Moriarty
Reading Challenge Category: A book in the backlist of a favourite author
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?
I love Liane Moriarty’s books; they have such an air of sophistication about them. You can tell they have been well thought out and time has been taken to write them and deliver them to us, the reader. This book builds up the mystery of what happened to Alice and Jack Munro over 73 years ago. The sisters Connie and Ruth have capitalised on what happened, along with the ‘Munro Baby’ and her descendants. Piece by piece the story is unveiled, you don’t get to find out everything at once. Even the small things that are happening are revealed to you slowly, such as Sophie’s letter from Connie. Snippets are told to various people or thought about, but you don’t get the full letter until a couple of chapters later. This really builds the suspense about everything that is happening. It certainly is all a mystery. I did, unfortunately, guess what the ‘big’ mystery was and what had happened to Alice and Jack. I started to piece it together myself; I don’t know if this is intentional or whether I figured out based on a process of elimination. It didn’t ruin it for me, having guessed, though, it was more a fist to the air type of moment. Additionally, we get all the full details; no stone is left unturned. We aren’t left in the dark about anything. I really enjoyed this book and am already missing the residents of Scribbly Gum Island. I wish we could follow them some more, but I know that Moriarty only writes stand-alone books so this won’t be happening. I may have to re-visit this book again, though, in the future.