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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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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.
2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Best Fiction
Best of 2018: People, Publishers Weekly, Glamour, Real Simple, PopSugar, Kobo, LitHub
Best of Fall: Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Elle, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, AARP, CrimeReads, BookRiot, PureWow, InStyle, Bustle, and Refinery29
“A treat for Big Little Lies fans....Witty and poignant, Moriarty’s storytelling is worth every penny.” ―People, Book of the Week
“[A] smart and suspenseful page-turner.” ―Woman’s World
“An entrancing read…An early holiday present for Moriarty fans, Nine Perfect Strangers is a darkly comical novel that defies classification. It manages to be wildly funny and richly emotional at the same time, proving that the Big Little Lies author still has a lot to offer her readers.” ―Bustle
“As she did in Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty writes compelling, realistic characters. Readers will devour Nine Perfect Strangers.” ―Real Simple
“Moriarty is back with another page-turner.” ―TIME
“Irresistible.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Liane Moriarty is a master of sustained tension.” ―Washington Post
“Promises to be a lively page-turner.” ―Vogue
“A cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner and a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review
“Liane Moriarty serves up laughs, thrills, surprises.” ―Associated Press
“Each reveal is a delicious surprise…Nine Perfect Strangers is so well written and slyly constructed that it won’t feel like enough.” ―Booklist
“This latest work from the author of Big Little Lies makes us cower, laugh, reflect, cry, and fall in love right alongside the characters.” ―Family Circle
“Can’t wait for Season 2 of Big Little Lies? Satisfy your craving with Moriarty’s new novel. At a remote health resort, nine people gather, eager for change. Despite the luxurious new-age comforts that surround them, each realizes that the next 10 days will be tougher than they could ever imagine. Things may not be what they seem in this addictive read.” ―Observer
“The wildly popular Big Little Lies author is back with another irresistible story that’s both suspenseful and surprisingly funny.” ―AARP’s The Girlfriend
“No one writes about the minutiae of women’s lives with quite as much insight and pull as Moriarty, who wrote Big Little Lies, and yet again her slow-burning plotting leaves you gasping at the very end. I’m jealous of anyone who hasn’t read this yet.” ―Grazia (UK)
“Liane Moriarty is simply unparalleled at infusing flawed characters with humor and heartbreak. Her singular brand of storytelling was most recently showcased when her bestselling novel Big Little Lies was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Nine Perfect Strangers is a worthy follow-up, offering an irresistible take on our wellness-obsessed culture, where the weirder the treatment, the better.” ―BookPage
“Nine Perfect Strangers has everything I look for in a Moriarty novel: colorful, relatable characters and a page-turning narrative infused with humor and warmth…a wise, wonderfully immersive read.” ―Augusta Chronicle
“Readers and movie stars alike cannot get enough of Moriarty and her addictive novels, which explore the secrets of suburbia with wit, empathy, and enough plot twists to have Alfred Hitchcock applauding from the grave.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune
“Liane Moriarty is a serious talent...[She] paints a picture with color, sound, aroma, mood, and fragments of the characters’ inner monologues, telling us their stories in quick details while the transformation goes off the rails.” ―News & Observer
“Liane Moriarty seamlessly leads the reader through an unpredictable maze of struggles with love, loss, and understanding. Her pacing, character development, and knack for packing a surprise punch will keep readers engaging in literary therapy by turning the pages late into the night.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Praise for Liane Moriarty’s Novels:
“Funny and scary.” ―Stephen King
“Sharply intelligent.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Simply exquisite.” ―Bookreporter
“Powerful.” ―The Washington Post
“Brilliant.” ―Sophie Hannah
“Spellbinding.” ―Emily Giffin
“A wonderful writer.” ―Anne Lamott
“Like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic.” ―USA Today
“Mesmerizing.” ―Family Circle
“So, so good.”―Jojo Moyes
“The ferocity that Ms. Moriarty brings…is shocking.” ―New York Times
- ASIN : B07C75GRLY
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (November 6, 2018)
- Publication date : November 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4496 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 463 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,841 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
As Nine Perfect Strangers gather to meditate and deal with their emotional and physical stresses, this reader felt that nothing good could come of this little retreat. After all, none of the guests really know the resort owner/director, and that could be their biggest mistake.
Each guest is introduced to the reader with some back story, and we are hoping for good things, in spite of our misgivings.
My favorite character was Frances, an author, whose last book was rejected, and her love life has definitely gone bad. She will probably be seeking for something she won’t find here.
Masha had so many red flags swirling around her, and the guests did wonder. But perhaps what they see is just the authority she carries with her.
I have had this book since 2018, but I eagerly devoured it now because of the upcoming Hulu original series. I am glad I read it.
Throughout the tale, we come to know more about each character, but less about Masha, and by the end, we wish they had all done more “due diligence.” A twisted story that left me with more questions than answers, this one earned 4.5 stars.
But in this book, she leaves Sydney for country NSW and a health retreat. Other than one family with a 20 year old daughter, no children either, so a departure from her usual fare. This book took a long time for me to warm to the story or the characters, but in the end a very satisfying read. Unusual for Liane, but very readable in the end.
Our cast of characters:
* Frances, a (dare we say, washed up?) former bestselling romance novelist, is feeling frantic and perhaps just slightly too dependent on her daily allotment of wine and chocolate.
* Ben and Jessica are a married couple who can’t quite seem to connect after winning a significant sum of money.
* Napoleon and Heather, along with their daughter Zoe, are trying to deal with overwhelming grief after a devastating loss.
* Carmel is obsessed with her weight after her husband dumped her for a woman half her age.
* Tony is a man’s man who’s in a rut. He fully acknowledges that he needs some help—but he’s not exactly thrilled to be at such a frou frou resort.
* Lars is a playboy. Also a wellness junkie. He does what he can to keep his body beautiful. You’re welcome.
The resort is run by Masha, an eccentric and luminous Eastern European woman who had a wake-up call to wellness in her former life as a business executive. She literally died from a heart attack at her desk and was resuscitated back to life. One of her senior resort assistants, Yao, is the paramedic who brought her back.
If this seems like a lot of characters to keep straight, well, it is. Author Liane Moriarty takes pains to develop each of their stories, and it’s a lot of info to absorb. But it’s doable.
Each of the characters is unique and appealing in their own way, though not all are created equal. Frances is supposed to be our anchor, our main, and though I warmed up to her over time, she still annoyed me. I wasn’t impressed with almost all of the male characters either. I kept feeling like I was watching them through frosted glass, never fully getting to know them or understand their true motivations—they were mysteries even to themselves. The only exception was Yao. His backstory (and his weird little obsession with Masha) intrigued me.
By far, the strongest characters in the book are Heather and Zoe, the grieving mother and daughter—which I guess should come as no surprise. Creating believable and lovable, yet troubled and mysterious female characters is where Moriarty excels. Big Little Lies is the perfect example of that.
I had so much hope and expectation for Nine Perfect Strangers. After Big Little Lies, I think we all did. I wouldn’t say that this book is a total disappointment, but it wasn’t all it could have been either. Too many characters and such an outlandish plot meant that the story didn’t hit as deeply as I wanted it to. The book is quirky, fun, and entertaining, yes, but it left me feeling dissatisfied and wanting more. Oh well. I’m still excited for the next one.
Top reviews from other countries
It reads like a v v weak Agatha Christie. The characters are so obvious I almost predicted everybody's background and then as the events unfolded I began to laugh at it. How ridiculous and forced the health resort was and the character of Masha was almost comic.
Sorry Ms Moriarty.....' Can do better'