Is a talent for writing a genetic inheritance?

The gifted Moriarty sisters make a good argument for it. April welcomed the release of The Husband’s Secret, the fifth novel by Liane Moriarty garnering 8 reviews, all of which were overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers like Heidi of …but books are better  and Monique of  WriteNoteReviews , particularly remark on the authenticity of her characters, “Moriarty’s characters are everyday women. They’re the women living in our suburbs (maybe a little more affluent, but not overtly so), the women in That’s Life magazines (‘My daughter died and I know her killer’ or ‘My husband wants me to open this letter after he’s dead‘), the women we see at the school gate nudging their children into school.”,  while Marcia of Book Muster Down Under and Bree of All the Books I Can Read were appreciative of the “complex moral choices”and the “what if’s“explored within the story. Moriarty Paper Chains

Meanwhile, Liane’s youngest sister, Nicola Moriarty,  continues to accrue positive reviews for Paper Chains, with Teddyree of The Eclectic Reader claiming it a beautiful read holding a special place in my heart.” while Jaclyn Moriarty‘s most recent fantasy novel, A Corner of White is adored by Tien of Tien’s Blurb.

Another sibling pair, authors Wendy James and Rebecca James, also earned reviews this month.

Out of the SilenceWhile Wendy’s most recent novel, The Mistake, was a popular title last year, April sees the re-release of two of her back list titles with Pan Macmillan’s digital publishing imprint, Momentum. Elizabeth Lhuede of the Devoted Eclectic reviewed The Steele Diaries, and feels it, “Loosely, it covers the same territory [as The Mistake]: family drama – or “Suburban Noir” – with the possibility of crime [however] the story unfolds at a gentler pace and has a more literary feel… In the end, however, it packs a similar punch and is arguably even more thought-provoking.” 

Younger sister’s Rebecca’s latest release, Sweet Damage, has been variously categorised as Contemporary,  Young Adult and Suspense,  blurring genres and audience reach. Bree of All The Books I Can Read writes “It is part mystery, part gothic-inspired thriller, part investigation and exploration of grief, love and how the mind can be so fragile.” Set in msweet-damage-jamesodern day Sydney, I thought it “an atmospheric and gripping story “. 

Do you know of any other Australian author siblings?



About Me

My name is Shelleyrae Cusbert I am a mother of four children, aged 6 to 16, living in the mid north coast of NSW. I am an obsessive reader and publish my thoughts about what I read at my book blog,  Book’d Out.  In 2012 I read and reviewed a total of 109 books for the AWW Challenge (see obsessive!) and featured more than 35 Australian women writers. I juggle caring for my family with a part time job and volunteer at both the town’s local library and her children’s school library. While I have a degree in Education, I hope to gain a diploma in librarian studies in the near future.