Liane Moriarty, 2021
Troy, Brooke, Logan, and Amy Delaney lived and breathed tennis for their entire childhoods – and prior to selling their Sidney tennis school, so did their parents, tennis coaches Stan and Joy. In Moriarty’s latest novel, readers get an up-close look at the adult Delaney children and their parents as the family deals with a stranger who appears in their midst. What does this strange young woman want with the Delaneys?
Soon, the family faces a crisis that eclipses the puzzle of the stranger: one of the Delaneys is missing. As police search, the Delaney children ponder their own relationships – with tennis, with past and former romantic parters, with each other, and with their sometimes-exasperating Mum and Dad.
I always snap up a new Liane Moriarty novel as soon as possible after release date, so I used an Audible credit to listen to the talented Caroline Lee narrate the most recent novel. This is one of the author’s longer tales with an eighteen-hour listening time, and the listen was worth it. Let’s face it though; Moriarty’s fans could be a bit jaded by her usual build-em-up / let-em-fall story development, so we probably have some idea what the possbible outcome could be . . . .
Except for that stranger, though. Don’t forget the stranger.