The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty is a story told in circles. You start in an unlikely moment and peel back layer after layer as the plot progresses. In the end you’re left having uncovered a mystery, but more than that you feel like you’ve been adopted into a messy, sprawling family whose secrets are now your own. The writing is good. The characters are well-rendered. The pacing is excellent. Also, visiting Australia is always a pleasure.
I found this book to be very diverting and entertaining. Although some of the subject-matter is actually quite weighty, the entire story is shot through with humor and character dynamics that make you put it down feeling good about the world as a whole, despite the glimpses we’re given of the dark side of people and the underlying trauma that so often drives their decisions.
Read it if you’re up for a multi-layered story about family dynamics and the lengths to which people will go to protect their loved ones.
Skip it if a frank look at some of the darker sides of human behavior will disturb you.