Liane Moriarty Pan Macmillan
Catalyst of this domestic thriller is an incident at a mundane backyard barbecue with six adults, three children, a yappy dog and a grumpy neighbour. The narrative switches from the now timeline to the day of the barbecue, and drip feeds subtle clues but keeps the actual incident a secret until half-way through the book. Masterfully leading the reader down various rabbit holes and jumping to imagined possible conclusions, the revelations are indeed shocking and in hindsight cause a re-evaluation of our conceptions of the characters and the roles they played. Not in the same league as Little Big Lies and The Husband’s Secret, but a classic Moriarty onion-peeling plot.