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Here are all the biggest changes between the book “Apples Never Fall” and the Peacock series

From key relationships to the ending, these are some of the biggest differences between the two works.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the book and the TV series Apples Never Fall.

As fans of Liane Moriarty's family drama-cum-mystery novel Apples Never Fall tune in to the new Peacock series of the same name (now streaming), they'll notice some changes right off the bat.

While they both follow the seemingly perfect Delaney family, consisting of two newly retired tennis coaches and their four adult children — who are left reeling when a mysterious woman named Savannah enters their lives and their mother later goes missing — no adaptation is ever verbatim and some differences are always to be expected.

And as such, Apples Never Fall features some key changes that fans of the book might be surprised about. Ahead, EW breaks down some of the biggest tweaks from book to screen.

<p>Vince Valitutti/PEACOCK via Getty</p> Conor Merrigan-Turner as Logan, Essie Randles as Brooke, Sam Neill as Stan, Annette Bening as Joy, Alison Brie as Amy, Jake Lacy as Troy in 'Apples Never Fall'

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Conor Merrigan-Turner as Logan, Essie Randles as Brooke, Sam Neill as Stan, Annette Bening as Joy, Alison Brie as Amy, Jake Lacy as Troy in 'Apples Never Fall'

The physical differences

The most obvious, but perhaps least important, change from the book to the series involves the way the characters look. In the book, the Delaney family is described as mostly being a bunch of tall and dark tennis giants. But in the show, they're a lot more average-sized, with more fair hair and blue eyes mixed in. (To recap, the show's family consists of parents Sam Neill and Annette Bening as Stan and Joy, and Alison Brie, Jake Lacy, Conor Merrigan-Turner, and Essie Randles as their children Amy, Troy, Logan, and Brooke.)

The relationships

Several relationships between characters have been tweaked in the show. For instance, in the book, Brooke is married but separated from a man named Grant, but in the series, she's engaged to a woman named Gina. And in the show, Troy has an entire subplot dealing with an affair he's having with his boss' wife that is nonexistent in the book. Speaking of affairs, in the novel, Joy's long-ago affair with another man is explained as more of a one-off, drunken kiss-type situation that Stan is well aware of, but in the show it seems like it was more involved, even though she eventually broke it off and chose her family instead. It also becomes more of an issue between her and Stan in their pivotal fight. And if all that cheating wasn't enough, Brooke also hooks up with Savannah (played by Georgia Flood in the series) — largely because she thinks her fiancée is cheating on her — neither of which happen in the book.

The boat and the "body"

In the show, Logan works at the marina by day and does yoga by night. Instead of the police finding security cam footage of Stan loading what could be a dead body in a bag into his car like in the book, Stan uses a boat from the marina for his mysterious disposal. There's also a possibly ominous boat outing with Stan, Joy, and Savannah on the same boat before Joy goes missing, but the book makes no mention of any boats or aquatic outings.

<p>Vince Valitutti/PEACOCK</p> Sam Neill as Stan, Georgia Flood as Savannah, Annette Bening as Joy in 'Apples Never Fall'

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Sam Neill as Stan, Georgia Flood as Savannah, Annette Bening as Joy in 'Apples Never Fall'

Savannah

In the show, Savannah has a more involved criminal past. We learn that she has used at least three different aliases across three states, and at one point detectives meet with a criminal accomplice of hers, whom she mysteriously paid $10k. She presumably got that money after blackmailing Troy about his affair, which of course doesn't happen in the book since Troy didn't have an affair (instead, he tries paying off Savannah to get her to leave). In the show, we also learn that after Harry the tennis star and his dad left Savannah (whose real name is Lindsay) and their mom, Savannah/Lindsay kind of lost it and started stalking Harry. At one point she broke into her brother's house with a gun, so he paid her $500k, retired from tennis, and prayed it was the end of his dealings with her.

<p>Jasin Boland/PEACOCK</p> Annette Bening as Joy in 'Apples Never Fall'

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Annette Bening as Joy in 'Apples Never Fall'

The ending

The endings of both the novel and the show are largely happy: Joy was never really missing; she ran off with Savannah to get away and do something for herself, and the Delaney family comes back together stronger than ever having worked through years and years of trauma. However, the similarities end there. On the page, Savannah and Joy went to a completely off-grid health retreat together, part ways at the end of it, and Joy returns home stunned to find everyone thinking she'd been killed. On screen, a cellphone-less Joy goes off with Savannah to her secret hideaway in the Georgia mountains (presumably paid for by the money she got off her brother, Harry) and Savannah cuts her own phone line. When Joy learns there was a hurricane back home, she insists on leaving, but when they do, Savannah violently crashes the car on their way out of town. Before running away from the scene of the crime, she asks Joy for forgiveness. Joy survives the accident and finds her way back home.

Additionally, while some childhood abuse is implied in the show between Savannah and her mother, the book ends with an entire subplot from Savannah's perspective revealing the extent of the abuse she suffered, and how, in revenge, she's been keeping her mother hostage. While we do ever-so-briefly meet Savannah and Harry's mom in the show, none of the rest of this plot is included in the final episode, and the last time we see Savannah, she's on the run and her fate is ultimately left up to the viewer.

All episodes of Apples Never Fall are now streaming on Peacock.

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