Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition.
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"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.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250069825
Branch Call Number: FIC MORIARTY
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 07, 2020

I thought this book was preposterous and disappointing. Would not recommend it.

Nov 01, 2019

This is another hilarious story from Liane Moriarty. I LOVE her characters and the situations they get themselves into--checked this out hoping for funny and I wasn't disappointed at all. Had me laughing aloud a lot. These 9 strangers all come to a wellness retreat in the middle of nowhere, Australia, where the woman in charge has her own ideas of wellness. The character I enjoyed most was Frances, who has trouble even getting in the gate of the place. Some of her memorable quotes: "One must placate large strange men in the middle of nowhere."
"How was she going to cope for ten days without instant answers to idle questions?" That last quote reminded me just how much we rely on our phones and computers to give us fast answers. Almost all the characters are skillfully sketched out for us, like Jessica, who is enjoying her post-lottery-winning lifestyle and couldn't understand why her husband didn't like the way she was spending money to improve herself.
"She couldn't shake the feeling that if she didn't record this moment on her phone then it wasn't really happening, it didn't count, it wasn't real life." Jessica felt that "the money made her instantly more intelligent and beautiful and stylish."
Moriarty does interpersonal antics marvelously and usually quite comedic, except when they shouldn't be.

Oct 30, 2019

Not her best one but good enough for fans of Moriarty!!

Oct 30, 2019

After ‘Big Little Lies’ I had unrealistic expectations - this was fine but underwhelming by comparison... the plot was developed well though.

Oct 29, 2019

This book was just kind of weird.

Oct 13, 2019

It was an okay read, but I struggled with so many characters and the dialogues between them. The premise of going to a 10-day life changing spa experience was interesting, and despite all that happened to them, it was an awakening for the 9 guests. The ending was a happy walk into the sunset for the nine guests and at least one of the employees.

Cheryl_in_IT Oct 07, 2019

I like Liane Moriarty - and I especially like her audiobook narrator, who seems to consistently work with her.

Moriarty books seem to always start with the typical middle class person experiencing some sort of crisis that seems frivolous and shallow, then as the story moves along, the layers peel back and we see the real person and a good story under the surface. That said, I wasn't really connected to the characters, bar Napoleon. Actually, I really feel like the whole book should have been from the men's perspective - I preferred their perspective overall to any of the womens' stories. The spa/resort employees were cardboard.

I enjoyed it. Kept me tuned in on the commute. Someone else mentioned it was supposed to be a thriller - in that respect, this was not that. It had some tension, though, and some of Marcia's "therapies" are things I've actually been reading about, so that was entertaining to see it pop up here.

Oct 03, 2019

Enjoyed the first half - great character development & plausible story line; felt it derailed midway through and just never got the momentum going again. She does attempt to tie all the loose ends together at the end. Overall, not my favourite Moriarty title.

Sep 16, 2019

Very funny and I love how the author seems to create credible characters.

Sep 06, 2019

I enjoyed the twist at the end!

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