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- Print Length: 463 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (November 6, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 6, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C75GRLY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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Sheer heaven, the strangers anticipate, until they learn the strict rules they must obey during their stay. No electronics; no talking; no alcohol and almost no food, Masha, the owner, makes clear. Is this a health spa or psychological warfare, the guests wonder, as they are stripped of all contraband.
As the strangers interact during their first couple days, Lianne Moriarty has me smirking. She confirms my pathological fear of whole-body wellness spas. Why anyone would pay a small fortune for ten days of misery has always intrigued me, and I discover that many of the Tranquillum House guests are asking the same questions. Their stories emerge, often through internal dialogue, and it is no surprise to me that each character is in crisis of some degree.
And then things get weird, as the saying goes; I could hardly wait to find out what happens next (and next). The tension continues to build, and - boom - the suspense drops like a heavy weight in what I call Book Two. I quickly became bored by the characters and the outlandish plot. Frances in particular gets on my last nerve as she whines with each retelling of her past. I DON’T CARE became my internal dialogue. Determined to reach the denouement, I used my ancient Evelyn Wood speed reading expertise to skim through 200 pages.
This book has such great potential for an entertaining read. Until Book Two, I loved the characters and their siege-like situation. The dark humor had me laughing, and my fear and loathing of wellness centers was vindicated. Lianne Moriarty seemed to have lost her way somewhere in the middle of her story. At certain points, I thought there were too many characters; in others, I wanted new ones to stimulate my interest. Lianne Moriarty can do much better.
One of the great achievements of this book is the way Moriarty gradually introduces all the characters, so there is no confusion between them. No mean feat when you are dealing with nine guests, and at least 3 members of staff, all flung together.
For some reason, this book reminded me of Agatha Christie, with the different characters bonding in an artificial environment. However, there is no real comparison, I'm just curious whether anyone else saw this as well!
The story is about nine people (who incidentally are not perfect strangers - two pairs are married couples and one is someone's child) who go to stay at an upmarket health & wellness retreat for a 10 day transformational cleanse. Over the first half of the book we gradually get to know them all and the emotional baggage that they have brought with them: failing relationships, failing careers, bereavement, personal dilemmas. It's all quite enjoyable to read, but it moves slowly. There's a lot about their daily routine - walks, clean food, spa treatments - and I had no sense of where the book was going or what the point of it was.
At about the halfway mark, that all falls into place as we finally understand the unusual intentions and methods employed by the spa's director. The second half is faster paced and we get to know all the participants very well - it's one of those books where everyone gets an epiphany - but what happens feels way too silly and I didn't find anything from this point on terribly interesting.
So I don't really recommend it, but having said that it's a long book (almost 500 pages) and I read it in two days. So it's not a complete mess. I love the way that Liane writes and as always she has chosen some topical themes to explore. But the book needed more shape and it definitely needed a stronger storyline to sustain it.
So why only 4 stars? I found the story line a bit disappointing. Things happened and characters changed, but it wasn't as profound as I had expected.
Still, a thoroughly enjoyable book. Don't miss out on it just because it's not "Big Little Lies".
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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'
I can see this being made into a feature film with it's strong female characters although I sincerely hope that Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchet will not get cast as there are so many other actors who are just as talented.