I’ve been waiting to read The Last Anniversary (by Liane Moriarty) for almost 10 years. I didn’t get to read it until now because it was expensive for a book at the time it came out and then I forgot about it.
Anyway, I finally read it and was it worth it? Yes. The book centres on a family and their business surrounding the historical disappearance of Alice and Jack Munro and the finding of their baby who is now an old lady and part of the family. She loves the attention and fame.
When the matriarch Connie dies, she leaves the business to the surviving family members and Sophie who inherits her house. As the story progresses, a secret starts to come out and threaten to end the family business.
While the number of characters is too much, some scenes are unnecessary and the writing is clunky every now and then, I liked how complex the plot is. There’s romance and aspects of everyday life or drama happening at the same time as the Munro disappearance is treated as a cold case to be solved.
The path to the climax is suspenseful but it doesn’t result in a shocking twist. I was surprised but a little let down as I expected something huge since the characters are very protective of the family secret.
Overall, The Last Anniversary is a good read.