The Last Anniversary

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty Book Summary

From Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty, comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters.

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.

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty Book Reviews

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Scribbly Gum Island in New South Wales, Australia is home to the Munro baby who was abandoned years ago. Her parents, Frank and Alice Munro disappeared. Two teenaged sisters take the child in and raise her as their own. The Island becomes a destination to see the Munro house and hear details about the mysterious night that the baby was found alone, a kettle on to boil and a marble cake just out of the oven. Now things are changing and the four generations still connected to the island may be ready to share the full story. The story centers on Sophie who is the ex-fiancé of a grandson. Her life intertwines with many in the extended family and she moves to the island. Will she be the catalyst to a new openness in the family? I enjoyed learning about the characters in the family. There are enough hints to keep you interested in solving the mystery, but I did not predict the real story before it was revealed. A fun read!

I waited expectantly for a reveal on the “mystery” going back 73 years, only to discover the ridiculous truth. What follows for every character was just as dumb and not even a little believable or relatable! Started out liking where it was going, finished feeling so let down!

It kills me to pay for a book and not read it. I’ve tried getting thru this book for days and it’s just sooooo boring. I’m waiting for something to happen - anything - to keep me reading and I just can’t. I’m abandoning it about 1/4 way thru!

One of my favorite LM books! Couldn’t put it down

I enjoyed this story with its twists and turns! The characters made me want more!

I loved it! Very entertaining and I couldn’t put it down.

Great read and some very humorous characters!

Great story and kept me wanting to read more!

Great and compelling book that kept your interest from start to end. Enjoyed all the characters and secrets......

I’m a big fan of Moriarty! She has always been talented, this is only her second of her nine novels. Her earlier works are a bit more light hearted and less dramatic than her later ones. There are family dynamics to untangle, a great big mystery, and very dark (exciting!) topics throughout, but not quite as dark and shocking as her more recent works. I’ve never been a person to devour a book, usually enjoy it over a few months, but his was my fastest read in just about 10 days (and I was working 6 back to back 12 hour shifts and got no reading done at work). If you’re looking for a dynamic, fun mystery to burn through quickly, this is your book! If you want something a bit more bold and surprising try The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, or Truly Marly Guilty (the first books to make me cry while flipping pages frantically as I could see it playing out in devastating slow motion before my eyes!) I suspect 9 Perfect Strangers will be her best yet!

Had to force myself to finish - dragged on and on😫

A wonderful story of family with complex and interesting characters and relationships.

Liane Moriarity is one of my most beloved authors. There is not a character she has introduced or story she’s written that has disappointed or left me without a smile. There are days when I like a good solid book with a good solid beginning, middle and end. And humor. Liane Moriarity is good company.

Im huge fan of this author, all her books made me read non stop till I finish! With this one wasn’t different, but as different of her other books , made me a lil disappointed when i realized was the last page! I would expect a bit more different direction for one of character!

Moriaty’s tale twists and turns, but wraps up too neatly. While the characters are engaging and funny, there are many threads woven that take a little too much effort to detangle. A fun read, but not my favorite work of hers.


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I’d never heard of Liane Moriarty, and had this Kindle edition for months before I finally decided to read it - but after just a few pages, I began kicking myself for the delay. Set in Australia, it mainly features a tight knot of eccentric sisters who have created a cottage industry surrounding the mystery of a couple who completely disappeared, leaving a freshly baked cake and a partially completed crossword puzzle in the kitchen . . . and a tiny baby in the bedroom. It’s probably a chick book, but don’t expect steamy sex - she just nails the thoughts and circumstances that many women have faced in such a funny & insightful way, that you’ll think she extracted them from your own brain or from someone you know. The mystery lingers in the background, with the characters making the book fascinating. If you ever thought that your family was wacky, but lovable, you’ll discover there’s another family here that can certainly top yours! I can’t decide whether I want to read this one again, immediately, or find her next book to see if it’s just as mesmerizing.

I LOVE THIS AUTHOR! This was such an enjoyable book. All I wanted to do was read it.

I really liked this book. Great unique story. No offensive language or sex scenes. Easy read. Couldn't put it down. I was sorry to come to the end. I want to read more of the characters lives.

Best book so far that I've read from this author! Loved each character and while reading, felt like i really knew each and every one of them personally. Spoiler Ahead: I would have liked Sophie and Callum to end up together with a mutual understanding/different course for Grace bc i loved Sophie's character and found Grace to be unworthy, but altogether wonderful read with a good little mystery surprise twist at the very end. Great book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. It was very well written and not at all predictable. I loved the characters. This is the first book I've read by this author but definitely not the last!

I've read her other books and liked them. I liked the underlying story of this book but the Sophie plot was a total dud and disappointment.

I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy read, but keeps you wanting to turn the page. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon on the couch.

Best book I've read in a long while. Just the right amount of drama and mystery while staying cute and funny. I've read all of Liane's books and this is my fave.

I downloaded this book because the other reviews made it sound like a good read. This book is written in the 3rd person and has the weirdest storyline I've ever read. I finished it, but only because I paid $1.99 (too much) for it. Don't bother...

.....but I kept my interest for a few days on and off and I do agree it had way too many characters and I had to keep checking back to see who they were. Even at the end I still hadn't kept track of them. I'd call it a beach read, I guess.

Good, but so much jumping from one character to another. Too many names to remember and place. But inspire of that, an enjoyable slow read


I never, ever write reviews but this book drew me out of the shadows. It's funny and revealing and makes you take a look at your own life and the secrets you might be keeping. Beautifully done!

I am so glad to have discovered this author. I really enjoy the twists in the story. Well written. Will be reading more

I just discovered Liane Moriarty and have read 2 books in 2 days! I enjoyed The Last Anniversary as well as The Husband's Secret. I am looking forward to What Alice Forgot. Enjoyable, generational, family saga with secrets and a few twists along the way. A good read.

This is the second book I have read by the author and I enjoyed this just as much as the husbands secret

This book has such wonderfully rich characters and the story keeps you involved all the way through. Her writing is true to human nature, not all characters/moments in the book are pretty and polished. Their experiences are raw and truthful at times and surreal at times. After reading three of her books, I think she is a great writer of characters and an intriguing storyteller.

This book was so entertaining and the characters were so interesting I was sad when the book ended and I had to leave them! It has humor, sadness, mystery and intrigue! You will love it!

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Liane Moriarty (born 15 November 1966) is an Australian author. She has written nine novels, including the New York Times best sellers Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, which were adapted into television series for HBO and Hulu, respectively. Early life and education After leaving school, Moriarty worked in advertising and marketing at a legal publishing company. She then ran her own company for a while before taking work as a freelance advertising copywriter. In 2004, after obtaining a master's degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, her first novel Three Wishes, written as part of the degree, was published. She has since published eight further novels. Adaptations Her novel Big Little Lies was adapted into a television series by HBO, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, and Alexander Skarsgård. The series premiered on 19 February 2017, with the first season concluding on 2 April 2017. A second season was announced in...

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