‘The Last Anniversary’ by Liane Moriarty

The Last AnniversarystarstarstarSophie Honeywell wonders whether she should have accepted Thomas’ proposal instead of breaking his heart. Even though she longs for husband and family, she will not settle until the right one comes along. Unexpectedly, Sophie inherits a house on Scribbly Gum Island from Thomas’ aunt. The island is steeped in mystery and the family is suspicious about why Aunt Connie would leave her grandson’s ex-girlfriend such a gift. The Baby Munro mystery on Scribbly Gum Island, surrounds a young couple, Alice and Jack, who one morning disappeared from their own home, leaving the kettle on, a  freshly baked cake cooling on the rack, and a baby fast asleep in her crib. Aside from an overturned chair and few spots of blood, there is no sign of what happened that fateful day. Sophie is swept into the mystery and wonder of the Scribbly Gum island community where everyone seems to have a secret. A step above chick lit, the story has a sort of  ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ vibe and felt a bit dated. It is one of her earlier novels.

Scribbly Gum IslandScribbly Gum island is fictitious, but is based on Dangar Island which is located in the middle of the Hawkesbury River near Sydney, Australia. Moriarty has a fresh writing style that makes for such a fun and absorbing read, characterized by a ‘light’ touch even when tackling darker topics, and always full of twists and turns. I’ve almost managed to read all of her novels now, but The Husband’s Secret is still my favourite. Just put Moriarty in the Search bar to browse the other titles I’ve read and posted on.

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