Thursday, November 4, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


Book Cover

Beginning:  Prologue

The bike lay on the side of the road beneath a gray oak, the handlebars at an odd, jutted angle, as if it had been thrown with angry force.


Page 56:  "Who is she?" She could hear the pompous school principal in her voice, because for God's sake, the drama. Why was a houseguest such a big deal?


My thoughts:  Although the opening line isn't very revealing, I am very much looking forward to reading Liane Moriarty's latest novel. The synopsisa mystery coupled with family dramais appealing and calling out to me.


From GoodReads:  From #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.

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 fifty 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.


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  1. I have seen this book everywhere today on the web. I think this author must have a lot of fans. I hope you enjoy it. My Friday quotes post

  2. While I never read the book I really enjoyed the 'Bigg Little Lies' tv show, so this sounds like a perfect entry into Moriarty's writing. I do love me some family drama with a side-helping of 'You can't trust anyone!'! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I've been eyeing this at my library too. Happy reading!

  4. I LOVED this book! I hope you do, too. Here's mine: “FORGIVE ME”

  5. I love mysteries, I hope you enjoy it. Here is my link for this week:

  6. Sounds like a great read!! I've read mixed reviews though. Hope you enjoy it! Happy weekend!

  7. The first line does set the tone for the book. It isn't simply a bike left on its side, but "thrown with angry force." Sounds intense.

  8. I've heard people talk about this author before, but not this book. I haven't read many modern mysteries, but I've only heard good things about this author I might have to pick one of her books up.
    My post: Marie @ Pages to Explore

  9. This one has been on my TBR since it came out. I've enjoyed the two books by Moriarty that I've listened to and I should pick this one up as well. I hope you love it!