Excerpt from The Last Anniversary

I am busily editing and planning/researching for my next book right now. I’m sure you would find my Google history right now very interesting! In case you missed it, I posted a blog last week about consent and how that theme is woven into my Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective series. Be sure to come back this weekend for a special promotion!

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This week, I am reading The Last Anniversary, by Liane Moriarty. It has been a very interesting read so far. Toward the end of last week, I was reading Mary Poppins, and found that I like the book even less than the movie. Or the second movie. I don’t understand the attraction of that one. But back to The Last Anniversary. Moriarty weaves the intertwined stories of the members of an Australian family who were involved in the case of a couple who disappeared, leaving their infant daughter behind as a cake cooled on the counter and the kettle on the stove had not yet started to boil. This family has capitalized on the sensational story for generations, but have not revealed what it is that they really know. I am getting quite curious to know their well-kept secret!

This home, built in 1901, has not been touched since teenage sisters Connie and Rose Doughty stopped by for a cup of tea with their neighbors on 15 July 1932. They discovered the kettle about to boil, a freshly baked marble cake waiting to be iced, and a tiny baby waking for her feed—but no sign of her parents, Alice and Jack Munro.

Liane Moriarty, The Last Anniversary

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it’s about time she started making her own decisions.

As Sophie’s life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.


  1. Haha I loved this book, the ending was fantastic! She is such a good writer (Truly Madly Guilty is another brilliant one).

  2. This one sounds intriguing – I hope you’re enjoying it.

  3. I enjoy this author’s books, but have not read this one yet. Sounds good.

  4. I enjoyed this book. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “AS YOU WISH”

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