Book Review: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

July 14, 2016 Book review 10 ★★★★

Guess who is still binge-reading Liane Moriarty’s entire back catalogue.  Meeee!  The Last Anniversary  by Liane Moriarty is my latest and it’s another good solid entertaining read just as I’ve come to expect from this author.


Book Review: The Last Anniversary by Liane MoriartyThe Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Published by Penguin on October 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Romantic Comedy, Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Library

From the bestselling author of The Husband's Secret comes a compelling story where nothing is as simple as it seems.

Seventy-three years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie Doughty found an abandoned baby in the only other house on their little island, Scribbly Gum. And since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought them fame and fortune.

But now, with Connie dead and newcomer Sophie Honeywell inheriting her home, and everyone around them tirelessly trying to solve the mystery, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. How much longer they can cover up the truth behind the mystery that has sustained their community for four generations? And what other secrets might be revealed?

Page-Turner Refreshing Romance smart & funny


Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.






The Assets of The Last Anniversary  by Liane Moriarty


heart iconEntertaining Characters:  Not the same old tired, clichéd characters that we’ve seen too many times.  Instead we get fresh, vibrant characters that I want to be friends with in real life.


heart iconIntrigue:  There is a 73 year-old mystery at the heart of this book.  What happened Jack and Alice, why did they abandon their baby?   Lots of questions and the search for answers held my attention.


heart iconIsland Setting : I loved the tiny island setting.  I want to live on an Island (oh right I do!  OK, a smaller one!) and get a boat to work.  I want to swim in freezing water and fish off the pier and have the whole island just to myself!  Even better when the Island has the quirky name of Scribbly Gum Island.


heart iconLife issues: I think Liane’s skill is in tacking issues that women face daily.  Whether it’s post natal depression, a ticking biological clock, the fear of being single after a certain age or so many others.  It feels relatable and add substance to her plots.


heart iconLots of humour: All of Sophie’s friends have an opinion on her life and their take on her various romantic dilemmas made me snigger.  There is also the odd bit of unexpected crudeness from some older characters and the sheer abruptness of it really tickled my fancy.



The Liabilities of The Last Anniversary  by Liane Moriarty:


x Poetic Licence needed:  I said exactly this on my review of What Alice Forgot Too.  It’s not a big deal for me; I’m thoroughly entertained but are the plots plausible?  Nope!


x Predictable: I was hoping for a bit more from the actual mystery but in the end it wasn’t too hard to surmise just what had actually happened.



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars



Investment potential of Last Anniversary  by Liane Moriarty:


Not my favourite Liane Moriarty book (that honour still belongs to What Alice Forgot) but it’s a very entertaining read.  Well worth picking it up for when you want a fun easy read with engagingly quirky characters.  Fans of Diane Chamberlain and Tina Seskis should also enjoy.



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10 Responses to “Book Review: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty”

    • trish

      I can’t say it was my favourite (I’ll reserve that for Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot) but it was fun read. I just wish the mystery was more mysterious!

  1. Rita

    Definitely I would read it after reading your review!

    I hadn’t heard of this title yet, but I did read What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret, but I preferred the plot in Alice better– I don’t usually prefer humorous tales (I’m old & grumpy that way), but I do like snarky comments and deadpan humor in my women’s fiction, ha!

    I now look forward to this one, so thanks for pointing it out. I enjoy this “Balancing” feature– it’s perfect for mornings when I have a tight email reading schedule but lets me choose titles wisely 🙂
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    • trish

      Thanks Rita, I like writing these balancing the books reviews as well. I find thinking out the assets and liabilities really focuses my mind! And it makes me laugh as it’s a bit similar to what I do in my day job 😀

      What Alice Forgot is my fav so far. Something about that book just really connected with me.

  2. Greg

    This one doesn’t grab me like Big Little Lies did (blurb wise) but I would probably like, given that Lies and The Husband’s secret were both good. I probably will read her new one coming out before I tackle some of the older ones, but I may read this at some point. I do like her style and her stories are so fun.
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    • trish

      This is very typical of her style Greg – gossipy and with a full cast. A fun read for when you want something light.

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