by Liane Moriarty (published 2016)
I have read a couple of other Liane Moriarty’s novels and enjoyed them, so I was pleased to get my hands on this one. It did not disappoint. The author is a wonderful observer of life, which really comes across in her character development. She brings each character alive by including the tiny details that make them distinctive.
‘This is a story that begins with a barbecue’ is the opening line of the novel and Moriarty keeps us guessing throughout the book until about three hundred pages in we discover what really happened on The Day of the Barbecue. By then we have learned a lot about the lives of the characters and their relationships and have a strong sense that things are not going to end well. She has created a page turner, but one that has plenty of subtle humour, several unreliable narrators (!) and great insight into the advantages and disadvantages of being close to your neighbours.