NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.” —Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?
It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The bestselling author of Big Little Lies delivers an intensely funny satire of the wellness industry. Nine Perfect Strangers revolves around a cast of unforgettable characters, including a past-her-prime romance author and a pair of headed-for-divorce lottery winners, who arrive at the Tranquillum House retreat ready to transform their lives. But the group didn’t count on a program director so determined to get results that she’ll push them to their limits—and right over the edge. Liane Moriarty’s novel touches on serious topics like suicide, grief, and self-acceptance with gentle compassion and her trademark wit.
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In normal Moriarty style, I was completely hooked from the beginning. Her characterisation was great, and it felt like you knew someone like every character you were introduced to. And then... 3/4 through. I stopped believing in the validity of the storyline. It didn’t seem real, not forced, but almost clutching at straws to keep the reader interested in what was happening which didn’t need to happen, her style of writing is so enjoyable. It was still written beautifully, despite the fanciful goings on, and I finished it in two days. But for me, the heart wrenching longing of her previous writing wasn’t there. At the end everything was tied up neatly in a bow, reminiscent of a Kerry Greenwood (I love her books but they are definitely happily ever after) style ending that also didn’t ring true. All in all, a great read, but for me it didn’t live up to her previous victories.
Contrary to apparent popular opinion:
This book was different than Liane’s others, I’ll give the naysayers that. But the embodiment of altering realities and the vividness was insatiable. And being someone who has lost someone to suicide, her telling of the family dynamic and it’s effects was interesting to me because it’s so different for everyone but similar in ways she nailed. Definitely one you can’t put down.
Like other reviews, it was fine, just not nearly as riveting as some of her other novels. Took quite awhile to get into this one.