- Use promo code GIFTBOOK18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Enter code GIFTBOOK18 at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Nine Perfect Strangers Hardcover – November 6, 2018
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of 2018
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
An Amazon Best Book of November 2018: Liane Moriarty is back with another delicious page-turner, but this time her characters don't discover their lives unexpectedly transformed by a surprising event—they deliberately buy into a ten-day spa package with the hope that they will emerge different, happier people. A few days of silence, lots of yoga and mindfulness, and absolutely no alcohol seem to be working wonders, at least for middle-aged novelist Frances Welty, who is recovering from an online swindle and a career crash. The other eight participants have astonishingly similar positive reactions to their regimen at Tranquillum House…at least until they discover why. Moriarty is at her best when she's diving impetuously into her characters' heads, exposing with affection their rushes to judgment, their contradictions, and their moments of grace and generosity. The "aha" moment that has won Moriarty so many fans with Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty never quite materializes, and some readers might roll their eyes at the multitude of chapters at the end that attempt to tie everything up nicely. But in the end, it's an optimistic novel, showcasing how our shared flawed humanity is also our greatest strength in the face of duress, as long as we can create common ground. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review
2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist: Best Fiction
Best of Fall: Glamour, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, People, Elle, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, AARP, CrimeReads, BookRiot, PopSugar, 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
“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 and touches on serious topics with gentle compassion and her trademark wit.” ―Apple Books
“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
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
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
570 customer reviews
Review this product
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-7 of 570 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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!
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".
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.
Meeting the other eight guests – Carmel, Tony, Lars, Napolean and his wife Heather and daughter Zoe, Jessica and her husband Ben – felt strange. But even stranger was the fact the course started with five days of silence. Not a word to be spoken; no eye contact – five days! Frances knew that would be difficult. Within that period, there were meditation classes, walking, massage therapy, smoothies and meals, plus free time to swim in the luxurious pool. All to be done in silence.
But each and every guest had a secret – and who were the people in charge of the resort? Were the guests comfortable with all that was happening to them? Some were – some most definitely weren’t…
Nine Perfect Strangers is the latest by Aussie author Liane Moriarty and wow! How different, how intriguing, how bizarre – how fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and even with it being almost 500 pages, I flew through it. I can see this one being made into a movie – it would be fantastic on the big screen. I have no hesitation in recommending Nine Perfect Strangers highly.