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The Last Anniversary Audio CD – Audiobook, November 1, 2014
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‘Do you really think we can get away with it?’
‘If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be suggesting it, would I?’
‘We could go to jail. That’s my third worst fear. First funnel-webs, then childbirth, then jail.’
‘Neither of us is going to jail, you ninny. One day we’ll be sweet little old ladies and we’ll probably forget that it didn’t happen the way we said it did.’
‘I can’t imagine us as sweet little old ladies.’
‘It does seem unlikely.’
In this one chapter you have mystery, danger, humor and friendship. The novel centers around a mysterious (fake) island called Scribbly Gum Island where in 1932, during the depression, a baby is found alone in a house with a kettle boiling on the stove and a marble cake sitting out. The parents of the baby, Alice and Jack Munro, are missing. Then it fast forward to the present day and all the ramifications from this event. Some people benefited nicely, while others suffered.
The author does an amazing job of introducing each character. Although Sophie Honeywell and her love-life or lack there of, is the “main” character. The novel is told in third person omniscient point of view and believe me when I tell you, each character is richly developed.
Subjects include: Postpartum depression, mystery, sex, body issues, murder and vibrators. Hey, how can you go wrong?
This novel is worth reading alone for the inner and outer dialogue that goes on with Sophie. Which is absolutely hysterical. Not to mention Margie and her two men named Ron which again, is priceless.
Will the great mystery be solved? Will Sophie find true love that her Aunt Connie predicted her once she moves into the house where it all began? You’ll just have read it to find out.
Published first in 2005 & again in 2014, this is a steal for only $1.99 on kindle. Oh, and add the audio immersion reading to hear the actors speak with Australian accents.
I did not like any of the characters. This was one big dysfunctional, and emotionally abusive family. They had these entitled and pretentious attitudes that drove me crazy. Their actions just weren’t justifiable. The only one who had any reason to be the way she was was Rose, and even her shocking revelation at the end was too far fetched and unbelievable. Yes, I know this is fiction, but come on.
The most frustrating relationship was between Grace and her mother. Her mother was severely emotionally abusive. Grace was obviously seriously affected by her actions and they suddenly resolve this after her mother says “I would die for you. I wasn’t the best, but I did the best I could.” No, Laura was a selfish jerk who should’ve had someone else care for her poor daughter who grew up unable to show any emotions. It’s sad, and she did not get the justice she deserved. How disappointing.
Also, what the heck was up with Rose describing her love for her great grandchildren as almost sexual? Did you think we wouldn’t be shocked by that? Uncalled for and super weird.
I feel like Moriarty just didn’t have a filter when she wrote this book. I finished it confused and pissed off. The only thing this book had going for it was the mystery.
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The descriptions of Scribbly Gum Island was just so picturesque. Only a handful of houses and only able to be reached by boat, it sounded bliss. If Sophie hadn't have wanted to move there, I would have been first in the queue to bite her hand off to go live there myself as it just sounded so wonderful.
As much as I was interested in finding out more abut the Munroe baby mystery, the characters and their lives really stand out in this story. Grace was someone who really interested me and my heart went out to her also. Sophie is definitely a wonderful character and her love life brings a lot of humour into the story. She hasn't had much luck on that front but it really makes for some enjoyable reading.
The Last Anniversary is very much about family, relationships as well as secrets. It covers topics like post natal depression of which I thought the author handled really well. I have to admit to being slightly disappointed by the mystery revelation but I think that's more my own fault as I read lots of psychological thrillers with big twists and for some reason was expecting there to be one. Setting that part to one side though, this really is an enjoyable book that will intrigue and entertain its reader.
The family is thrown into turmoil, though, when Connie leaves her own house on the island to Sophie, who isn't even a relative. As she moves in and gets to know the rest of the family, Sophie has to deal with the disappointment - in her own view - of being nearly forty and still without a soulmate. But young mother Grace has other ideas...
A very readable book, though you have to suspend your disbelief a little bit over the Munro Baby mystery. Lots of insights into the impact of a new baby on a marriage, and how, even in later life, it's never too late to try something new.
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 such 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 real 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.
That said, this wasn't my favourite book of hers, even with the revelation on the very last page; I had guessed the twist just after halfway through the book so that didn't come as a surprise although I think if I'm honest it was a lucky guess on my part.
It hasn't put me off reading any more by this author, I think when you find such a good writer your expectations as a reader just get greater and greater when it comes to future books. In spite of what I have said I do believe that Liane Moriaty is an excellent story teller, long may it last.