December was such a busy, hectic, tiring month that some easy, comfort reads were much needed to keep me going.
Not reading anything is simply not an option!
Therefore, during the crazy times, I turn to those books I know I can enjoy even when I can barely keep my eyes open!
Liane Moriarty is one of those authors for me. Like an old friend, I know I can return to her trusty, friendly arms for a good story, great characters and a fun time.
The Last Anniversary (2005) is one of her earlier novels.
It may not be as satisfyingly realised as her two latest books The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies, but nonetheless, it is an enjoyable, friendly, easy-going romp around a fictional island near Sydney.
The mystery is fairly easy to work out, but that's not why you read Moriarty's books. You read them because of her characters. Liane has a happy knack of writing about the people you know. Every character feels authentic, real and very very human.
With every one of Moriarty's books I get to a point where I simply cannot bare to put the book down. I want to stay in this new world with my new friends forever. Yet, at the same time, I dread finishing the book and losing my 'in' to this wonderful new found world of her creation.
All her books have a theme or a women's issue upon which the story hangs. In this case it is depression, in particular, post-natal depression. The mother-daughter dynamic is also explored in all its various guises.
Highly recommended holiday read.
This book is part of my Australian Women Writers challenge and #XmasinSummer