Nine Perfect Strangersby Published 18 Sep 2018
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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.
"Nine Perfect Strangers" Reviews
Personally I think this is her best yet, but it certainly has an unusual twist to it, that might shock some people!
A fascinating choice of a plot twist, that's for sure.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I bet it isn't what you expect! But I refuse to give anything away, you'll have to make your own judgement.
Can 10 days at a special health resort change you forever? Can you lose weight, gain inner peace and make yourself into a newer, even better you? It could happen, sure. These nine people are about to find out just how much change can happen over 10 days (and it might happen even sooner than that)! Told with Moriarty's signature for creating interesting characters and a storyline that builds upon itself, complete with a bit of a dark undercurrent, this is a smoothly written pageturner that will stick with you after the last page.
The title is is actually a bit of a misnomer, as some of the people know each other; a couple has come to work on their marriage and a family of three has come to work on . . . well, that's not very obvious right away. Suffice to say, though, that all of these people have secrets they are hiding (sometimes even from themselves). And, true to real life, not all of the characters are likeable. However, what's important is how you see them play against each other, and struggle with themselves over a course of days in a place that seems tranquil and lovely. I'm using the word "seems" for a reason because as the story progresses, it becomes clear that something is a bit off about the person running this resort. And, there's a shocker about halfway through and the story really ramps up from there. And yes, it ramps up in a way that I found to be completely engrossing. This is a "screw the vacuuming because I'm going to read all afternoon" kind of book.
I admit it: I did a little happy dance inside when I got this ARC from the publisher (THANK YOU!!!). I really enjoy Moriarty's books and to read a new one ahead of schedule? How great is that? Actually, pretty damn great. I always enjoy that Moriarty's books combine interesting characters with a storyline that builds on itself and where there's a sense of a dark undercurrent to the story. There's usually a bit of edge to her books which I really like and which make her books worth reading again and again.
Definitely one of her best. Great variety in character traits. I’m sure once this is released that readers will enjoy it just as much as her previous novels. Captivating plot that seems to be very modern and set in the heart of Australia which I always love.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
This was a tough one to put down - nine strangers head off to a health resort, hoping to return home different people. Yes, this was the outcome but the journey they had to get there was not exactly as they planned.
Nine Perfect Strangers is going to hit all of her other titles out of the park. It was an excellent read with lots of laughter and What The? moments. It is astounding how supurb Liane's writing can be and this is such a fine example of it. Her ability to write the players in the tale and their back stories so that you fall in love with them, no matter their past is so so good. The absolute evil that seeps through the tale is one that we understand and even though we yell at them and ask what are they doing, we know that we will most likely forgive them because it is coming from a place of attempted healing.
The interactions between these 9 people and the 3 key members of the health retreat is woven beautifully from beginning to end. Their human failings are brought to the fore and left open for everyone to see and hear and offer opinions on. Your heart breaks and then heals with our new friends.
Is it possible that Liane Moriarty is just getting better and better with each book she writes? My answer to that is a resounding yes! This book is light and easy to read - makes for a great beach/holiday read. It may or may not put you off from booking your next health retreat but it will also make you a firm believer in this author and the world's that she creates. I'm looking forward to the next journey.
HER BEST YET.
I said to my husband recently... I just love the way I feel when I’m reading a Liane Moriarty book. Like I'm surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends. And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat. As always, Liane's observations about life are just so damn spot on. Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang—Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao... even Masha—I adored them too. I sort of wanted to go to that retreat ... and then I didn’t. I really didn't. The book is funny and sad and touching, and full of wisdom. All the feels. I feel so lucky to have read an early copy.