Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty / Aug 21, 2019

Nine Perfect Strangers 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 outNine people gather at a remote health resort Some are he

  • Title: Nine Perfect Strangers
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • ISBN: Nine Perfect Strangers
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  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 outNine 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 mindf 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 outNine 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 453 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Flatiron Books first published September 18th 2018 More Details Original Title Nine Perfect Strangers ISBN 1250069823 ISBN13 9781250069825 Edition Language English Characters Masha Maria Dmitrichenko, Frances Welty, Jessica Chandler, Ben Chandler, Heather Marconi, Napoleon Marconi, Zoe Marconi, Tony Hogburn, Carmel Schneider, Lars Lee, Yaoless Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Fiction 2018 Other Editions 35 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Nine Perfect Strangers, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I am confused entirely This book is due to be released on September 18th How can there be 60 ratings and 15 reviews already I know that does this type of thing, advanced reviews, with movies and TV shows This appears to me to be a kickoff of fabulous reviews to gain stars Perhaps I am ignorant of the way books are published and reviewed these days, but I thought was different 9 likeslike 5 months ago See all 11 answers Ky Publishers give advance copies to librarians, book bloggers, and other dedicated readers in exchange for an honest review even does book Publishers give advance copies to librarians, book bloggers, and other dedicated readers in exchange for an honest review even does book giveaways for advance copies sometimes It helps both the publishers and prospective readers less flag So, what is this book actually about I can literally only find the one line description and praise for the book Is it a mystery Is it a self help book about therapeutic health resorts 9 likeslike 6 months ago See all 6 answers Louise Rochaix This answer contains spoilers view spoiler It s about nine people being shut in a room by the director of the health spa She is on acid and so are the clients I would be permanently scarred It s about nine people being shut in a room by the director of the health spa She is on acid and so are the clients I would be permanently scarred by the experience and even feel a bit damaged from reading it Definitely not my favourite Liane Moriarty book less hide spoiler flag See all 40 questions about Nine Perfect Strangers Lists with This Book 2018 What Women Born In The 1970s Read In 2018 7,005 books 827 voters 2019 What Women Born In The 1970s Have Read So Far This Year 641 books 179 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jul 24, 2018 Sally Hepworth rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 want 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.Five stars flag 587 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Jennifer LmaoRita, reader I listened as well and loved this book.e twists and I wanted to cry for Marcia when I found out her truth My heart broke eve LmaoRita, reader I listened as well and loved this book.e twists and I wanted to cry for Marcia when I found out her truth My heart broke even though she is definitely eccentric 18 hours, 13 min ago Jennifer Ohhhhh omg the last chapter threw me offI would be so happy for Ben and Zoe if that were the case 18 hours, 11 min ago Nov 10, 2018 Larry H rated it liked it 2.5 stars, rounded up.Ugh This one really fell flat for me.The idea of self improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it That s what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia They re coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they ve become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that h 2.5 stars, rounded up.Ugh This one really fell flat for me.The idea of self improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it That s what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia They re coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they ve become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that have been plaguing them In 10 days, the resort promises, they ll feel totally changed.Frances Welty, once a best selling romance author, is one of those coming to Tranquillum House She knows she needs to lose some weight and come to terms with menopause, the imminent decline of her career, and the hurt and humiliation she feels after a romance has gone awry She s been nursing a bad back, a cold, and a vicious paper cut, and she hopes the pampering and the light fasting will help solve her problems.Ben and Jessica are a young married couple whose relationship has definitely seen better days All Ben seems to care about is his fancy new sports car well, it s a Lamborghini, so can you blame him while Jessica has spent tons of money on plastic surgery to make herself look better at least in her eyes , yet her husband doesn t ever tell her how great she looks They re hoping some marriage counseling might make the difference.Napoleon, Heather, and Zoe, are a family that certainly looks healthy But they re carrying around a lot of grief, anger, regret, fear, and guilt related to a tragedy that happened just three years ago While it might have been a better idea to go on a cruise or some other vacation, they hope that the time to meditate and reflect might help them move past these issues.These people and others expect that their stay won t be all pampering and relaxation, but they re not prepared for all that the health resort is going to throw at them It s going to take some work to make change happen, but they have no idea just how far the director of the resort is willing to take things It s going to be than fasting, yoga, massages, and hikes in the beautiful countryside In some sense, their very survival may be at stake certainly their willingness to fight for themselves will be challenged.I had high hopes for Nine Perfect Strangers given how much I enjoyed some of Liane Moriarty s previous books, including Big Little Lies and The Husband s Secret But this one never took off for me in fact, the pacing was so slow it felt like I was reading it for 10 days, as long as these characters were planning to be at the health resort First of all, when a book introduces 11 characters to you and provides in depth backstories for most of them, that s a lot to wade through There definitely were some interesting characters to follow with fascinating and sometimes sad stories, but I could have done with half of them, because the constant shifting of narration made it difficult to keep any sort of rhythm.But honestly, the whole situation with the director of the resort and her decision to take things in a new direction I found utterly laughable I was waiting to see just how over the top Moriarty would take things, and found some of it really hard to believe I did like the way she tied things up with some of her characters, but I was really disappointed on the whole.I hate when you ve been waiting for an author you like to come out with a new book and it disappoints The good news for me is, there are still some of Moriarty s earlier books I haven t read, so I look forward to those And who knows You may enjoy this one than I did.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 356 likesLike see review View all 102 comments Jan 29, 2019 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it did not like it Shelves 1 star plz make it stop, dnf, audiobooks DNFed at 56%This book was shit There I said it.I don t say this often nor lightly but this book had zero redeeming qualities Having read and loved Big Little Lies a bit to my surprise , I was excited to read Moriarty s newest work In BLL, her characters were attaching and made me care about their stories In this one, I m assuming she meant for the characters to not be so loveable but damn I also hated how much shit the Instagram model got We get it, you judge them and their plastic s DNFed at 56%This book was shit There I said it.I don t say this often nor lightly but this book had zero redeeming qualities Having read and loved Big Little Lies a bit to my surprise , I was excited to read Moriarty s newest work In BLL, her characters were attaching and made me care about their stories In this one, I m assuming she meant for the characters to not be so loveable but damn I also hated how much shit the Instagram model got We get it, you judge them and their plastic surgeries, no need to mention it every time she appears.The twist that happens at 55% made me put the book down because honestly at this point the book is a fucking mess No thank you Don t recommend flag 287 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Niamh Finally Someone who holds the same hatred for this book as me This book is a dumpster fire 8 hours, 18 min ago Betsy Wow good to know I listened to Big Little Lies on audiobook last year and found I liked it better than I thought I would too Nice to know not waste Wow good to know I listened to Big Little Lies on audiobook last year and found I liked it better than I thought I would too Nice to know not waste my time on this one Thanks 4 hours, 25 min ago Sep 11, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves mystery, netgalley, thriller, contemporary fiction Liane Moriarty s latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably than they bargained for with the Liane Moriarty s latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably than they bargained for with their 10 day cleansing programme of diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments It is run by the Russian Masha, a ruthlessly ambitious former company executive whose near death experience led to a complete change in her life direction Masha had a dark and hidden agenda for her latest customers, driven by the best of intentions, supported by her primary staff members, Yao, and Delilah.Twice married Frances Welty is an established writer of romances whose career has gone into freefall with her latest offering being rejected by the publishing industry and whose boyfriend, Paul Drabble, has disappeared Ben and Jessica are a troubled married couple who appear to be remarkably well off Napoleon is a schoolteacher, with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Zoe, the entire family weighed down by grief and guilt Tony is a former star footballer, who has recently lost his beloved dog, Banjo Carmel has lost her husband to a younger woman, has four children, and has lost her self esteem and confidence Lars is a well heeled divorce lawyer, who only represents wives in his word of mouth law practice As the story progresses, the backstories and issues that lie behind each individual comes to be slowly revealed The narcissistic, remote and humourless Masha has plans for them which she is certain will truly transform their lives and which will presage a glorious and glittering future with her in the limelight, enjoying global acclaim.There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty s story of madness and mayhem at a health resort, where people with little in common with each other find themselves in circumstances where they form unexpected bonds and undergo unexpected transformations The characters are well drawn and distinct, beautifully developed, all with such high hopes for their short stay at Tranquillem House, their interactions with each other are a joy to hehold There are heartbreaking stories behind some of the characters, including Masha, that become apparent by the end I found it hard to resist Moriarty s magic and succumbed to this fabulous novel with absolutely no regrets A fantastic read with plenty of suspense and tension that comes highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC flag 259 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Oct 25, 2018 lucky little cat rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves disappointing, read in 2018, no friend of feminism, borrow don t buy, literary fiction unlove Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate dipped gherkin Watch out for the green stuff.I m a Liane Moriarty fan But this latest book is a mess It s being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that s really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense The book s mission isn t really to surprise instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag Unfortunately, by the end you won t have found out one darned thing you didn t a Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate dipped gherkin Watch out for the green stuff.I m a Liane Moriarty fan But this latest book is a mess It s being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that s really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense The book s mission isn t really to surprise instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag Unfortunately, by the end you won t have found out one darned thing you didn t already know Moriarty s usual wry, spot on observations about the dramas of real life are missing from this book Setting all the action in an isolated and oddly un chichi health spa cuts Moriarty off from showing everyday life and culture, which has been one of her greatest strengths These characters are stranded, unable to go about their daily business of planning, worrying, drinking coffee, and bonding with other women Or worrying about what other women think of them There are too many characters, eleven in all And readers really get to know only two well fifty something romance author Frances and twenty year old nice kid Zoe, who become unlikely allies as the spa experience grows weirder and challenging The many other characters are painted in broad, overly general strokes, and their stories are only loosely connected Each of the spa clients has an Important and Topical Issue to fret over body image issues, menopause, social media addiction, death in the family, starting a family, plastic surgery addiction, the list keeps coming you get the picture Perhaps Moriarty had a list with check off boxes to make sure she represented every demographic group Issues basically stand in for character development I kept getting Ms Guilty Grieving Mother mixed up with Ms Body Image both characters had dark hair and very little backstory, and they both moped around a lot After a few hundred pages of characters sloooowly figuring out their many problems, all of the resolutions for even the major stories are sorted out and summed up in short, abrupt epilogue paragraphs Hunh And don t even get me started on the book s single obligatory romance, which takes place view spoiler entirely in the epilogue between two characters who have no chemistry whatsoever hide spoiler I m guessing Moriarty was aiming to show all these strangers gradually thawing and bonding through the spa s team building activities And there is some of that But the novel is really like Fantasy Island goes to view spoiler hell, hide spoiler and the many unrelated characters stories are connected very loosely by that hokey Fantasy Island plot device they re all there at the same time to Change Their Lives And here is the novel s biggest problem the head of the spa is a great big galloping cartoon, a Russian control freak who improbably view spoiler becomes unhinged in the course of the story and runs amok, spiking the smoothies with LSD and indefinitely imprisoning the clients until their spa experience has reached Maximum Meaningfulness The imprisonment is surprisingly dull and goes on for much too long hide spoiler Even at the novel s beginning, this character spouts so many Russian endearments she sounds like a Bond villain, and by extension, a peculiarly dated Cold War era clich Stereotyping is a problem with other characters as well The book s single gay character stops on his way to the spa to buy a case of really good wine and dreams of having a child who s a mini me The book s only minority character is relegated to the thankless role of boss worshiping flunkey There is also nonstop gratuitous bashing of women who have body image issues she really doesn t need to lose weight she just thinks she does , women who choose to have plastic surgery, and women who devote time to social media The brief validation these characters get at the novel s conclusion in no way compensates for the repeated scolding they weather throughout the rest of the book Not to mention the fact that these aren t solely women s issues.At one point, the book breaks the fourth wall in a trippy, meta way that I actually liked We get dialogue from Frances editor and clich which is just darned cute But what a long way to travel for a mild joke.Finally, the last word in the novel is devoted to view spoiler trashing book reviewers, hide spoiler a move that comes across as petty and weird, especially coming from a novelist who s basically become critic proof I received my copy of the book through a giveaway, and I was really excited until I actually read the book Thanks Macmillan Flatiron and , because the book is really pretty to look at flag 206 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Jennifer Jones Wow You basically took my sentiments and made them eloquent Totally agree Jan 16, 2019 10 28AM Connie right on Jan 29, 2019 11 17AM Nov 04, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, trade paperback, flatiron books Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication Frances former bestselling romance author ironically the victim of a romance con scamLars divorce attorney representing women onlyTony former professional sports starNapoleon, Heather, and Zoe family coming apart at the seamsCaramel Husband dumped her for a younger woman wants to lose weight gain positive self image Ben and Jessica marriage on the rocks after winning the lotteryMasha Head guru health spa owner Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication Frances former bestselling romance author ironically the victim of a romance con scamLars divorce attorney representing women onlyTony former professional sports starNapoleon, Heather, and Zoe family coming apart at the seamsCaramel Husband dumped her for a younger woman wants to lose weight gain positive self image Ben and Jessica marriage on the rocks after winning the lotteryMasha Head guru health spa ownerNine people, all from very different walks of life, arrive at Tranquillum House, a highly recommended health resort Each of them is coping with various life issues, from simple domestic uncertainties, or huge family problems, to marital woes, and weight loss goals After the prologue, the first character the reader is introduced to is Frances This was a great opener for the avid reader who will get the subtle and not so subtle digs at the publishing industry and the trends they run right into the ground until they become a parody of themselves, forcing authors to either hop on board the train or wait for their chosen genre to become popular again So, right away, I knew I was going have to see how Frances fared, and was all in I couldn t wait to see what other sardonic observations the author had up her sleeve But, I must warn you This book is not like Moriarty s previous novels, which usually centered around the family unit, providing a taut element of suspense, blended with humor and sarcasm This novel has the humor, sarcasm and the suspense, but the setting is not at all domestic, as you will see I usually dislike novels with a large cast of characters I get confused easily trying to keep up with so many backstories and the plot is usually way too busy However, this book is an exception I had no trouble keeping up the characters and the plot is straightforward, so despite the number of characters, the story has a nice, even flow The only drawback might be that it loses some of the intimacy of Moriarty s previous works.I loved all the characters They are a zany group of people, flawed of course, some dealing with deeper issues than others, but all of them are so human and real I rooted for and cared for them all, but Frances remained a favorite character for me from start to finish Heather, Zoe, and Napoleon have the meatiest story in the book and evoke some serious emotions Overall, this one is a bit of a departure for Liane Moriarty, but her signature style is etched all through the novel While the plot is just this side of deranged, the story is a compulsive read, perhaps a little overlong, but otherwise compelling and highly engrossing view spoiler Oh, and Frances you could write a psychological thriller if you wanted but I m glad you chose my favorite genre instead hide spoiler flag 178 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Nov 16, 2018 Mackey rated it liked it Shelves fiction general, my reviews, books read 2018 Seriously, I don t know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it Half way through I was done with itbut, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated There are 10 11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view It wasn t confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn t like Even the epilogue went ond on.d on Perhaps if it had been m Seriously, I don t know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it Half way through I was done with itbut, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated There are 10 11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view It wasn t confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn t like Even the epilogue went ond on.d on Perhaps if it had been selectively edited I would have enjoyed it but, as it was, it is a book I will forget by next week I expect better and from Moriarty Sadly flag 169 likesLike see review View all 37 comments Dec 05, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves traveling sister reads, favourite reads of 2018 Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive an irresistible page turner It s just a story and oh boy what a story it was NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought provoking and yet so humourous to read I absolutely loved this book and couldn t get enough of these quirky characters I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive an irresistible page turner It s just a story and oh boy what a story it was NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought provoking and yet so humourous to read I absolutely loved this book and couldn t get enough of these quirky characters I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping out loud in shock for the pain that some of these characters were sufferingANE MORIARTY delivers quite the fascinating, intriguing, vulnerable, lifelike, and beautifully written read here with quirky and realistic characters, a brazen and dynamic premise and an extremely spellbinding and enthralling storyline What really stood out about this novel for me was how realistic and raw these characters were written I could see myself and others in probably every single one of these characters in this story I thought the inner thoughts and dialogue was absolutely spot on.I absolutely loved the way that this novel made me feel and yup in the end it gave me that warmth and satisfying afterglow that I seek in my books This was a Traveling Friends Group Read that I read with some Instagram friends Thanks so much for the wonderful reading experience Norma s Stats Cover Simply beautiful, natural, effective purely Moriarty P.S Do you see an outline of a woman s body on the cover Title Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline The nine guests were perfectly imperfect Writing Prose Well written, engaging, captivating, witty, intelligent and smart.Plot Intriguing, clever, thought provoking, suspenseful, perfectly paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.Ending Clever and totally satisfying Loved the progressive timeline Overall An extremely enjoyable entertaining read that had me totally engrossed from start to finish Would highly recommend Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog flag 150 likesLike see review View all 58 comments Sep 23, 2018 Renny Barcelos rated it did not like it review of another edition I never, ever thought I d say this about a Liane Moriarty novel butwhat a terrible, boring, pointless novel I really disliked this one Couldn t wait for it to be over, actually It was so boring and also claustrophobic at the same time, giving me a sense of desperation for these people to just be set free already For the life of me I could not understand what the purpose of this book was It didn t even sound like a Moriarty.I am still a fan of the author and will for sure give her another I never, ever thought I d say this about a Liane Moriarty novel butwhat a terrible, boring, pointless novel I really disliked this one Couldn t wait for it to be over, actually It was so boring and also claustrophobic at the same time, giving me a sense of desperation for these people to just be set free already For the life of me I could not understand what the purpose of this book was It didn t even sound like a Moriarty.I am still a fan of the author and will for sure give her another try when the next novel comes out but this one Wow, what a waste of my time flag 147 likesLike see review View all 22 comments NT Absolutely agree It was boring, poorly written and the story and characters are just ridiculous Hated it so much that I would never buy her books ag Absolutely agree It was boring, poorly written and the story and characters are just ridiculous Hated it so much that I would never buy her books again Jan 23, 2019 04 17PM Connie exactly Jan 29, 2019 11 18AM Oct 14, 2018 Vanessa rated it liked it review of another edition A slow starter halfway through and it wasn t grabbing me then BAM, things started to happenbut seriously how does she do it Get into the heads of her characters, like she has a window into the thought patterns of people It s uncanny and it s such a skilled craft If nothing else I m obsessed with the way that she uncovers her characters individual foibles and indiosyncracies in the most amusing and hilarious ways poking fun at so many common cliches and stereotypes it s hard not to snigger A slow starter halfway through and it wasn t grabbing me then BAM, things started to happenbut seriously how does she do it Get into the heads of her characters, like she has a window into the thought patterns of people It s uncanny and it s such a skilled craft If nothing else I m obsessed with the way that she uncovers her characters individual foibles and indiosyncracies in the most amusing and hilarious ways poking fun at so many common cliches and stereotypes it s hard not to snigger along at the characters expense but all light heartedly of course In all her characters there is always something to relate to even if intially you find nothing in common from the outer Anyway I have no plans to discuss the plot, read this if your already a big fan of Liane Moriarty s books, if not then this book won t change your mind I can state I don t care so much for plot when reading her books I just enjoy the journey getting there It s always entertaining flag 124 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jan 06, 2019 Holly B rated it it was amazing Shelves enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the humor, enjoyed the setting, read in 2019 This book was a barrel of fun I mean really nutty, quirky, and just hilarious I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a cleanse and do a bit of recharging They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak At one point Masha tells her guests, This is a health resort, n This book was a barrel of fun I mean really nutty, quirky, and just hilarious I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a cleanse and do a bit of recharging They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak At one point Masha tells her guests, This is a health resort, not a prison Hmmtime to worry I d say Frances was my FAVORITE guest and she is hilarious She is also a down and out romance writer She can t decide if Masha is mad, crazy, nuts and unhinged or perhaps shes a genius and really odd, alternative, intense, excessively tall and exotic No one can seem to figure her out We meet all the guests and their quirks and behind the scenes antics I was laughing out loud throughout this book and the snarky humor and over the top spa stay was a blast It was probably a bit too long and could have been shorter, but it had a lot to offer Mixed reviews had me hesitant, but I m glad I purchased this one for myself a treat Something about a health spa gone wrong was just my perfect read Read if for a wild week at the spa I might call this a dark, comic fiction with a hint of thriller I m already searching for another Moriarty fix flag 109 likesLike see review View all 53 comments Nov 09, 2018 Lisa rated it it was ok Nine Perfect Strangers wasn t the fun, fast read I was hoping for The characters who check into the Tranquillum Spa are all weighted down with sad baggage The first half of the novel details their past woes I kept reading because I found a couple of the characters likable and the central character, Frances, quite endearing Then there is a pivotal, ludicrous event which is just a vehicle for unloading of emotional baggage This book felt unbearably long I skimmed the last couple hundred Nine Perfect Strangers wasn t the fun, fast read I was hoping for The characters who check into the Tranquillum Spa are all weighted down with sad baggage The first half of the novel details their past woes I kept reading because I found a couple of the characters likable and the central character, Frances, quite endearing Then there is a pivotal, ludicrous event which is just a vehicle for unloading of emotional baggage This book felt unbearably long I skimmed the last couple hundred pages just to make sure I didn t miss anything Nope Nothing flag 105 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Sep 10, 2018 Veronica rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, australian author, aww 2018 absolutely devoured Big Little Lies I love how Liane Moriarty starts a story all sweet with likeable characters, then slowly a foreboding veil comes across the story and people s dark side begins to emerge changing a good story into a compelling story.Nine people book into a health resort, Tranquillum House, ready to be transformed into a better, thinner, healthier version of their former self.A washed up romance novelist, a family broken by tragedy, a absolutely devoured Big Little Lies I love how Liane Moriarty starts a story all sweet with likeable characters, then slowly a foreboding veil comes across the story and people s dark side begins to emerge changing a good story into a compelling story.Nine people book into a health resort, Tranquillum House, ready to be transformed into a better, thinner, healthier version of their former self.A washed up romance novelist, a family broken by tragedy, a has been football star, a young couple whose marriage is faltering, the wife who has been left for a newer model and the lawyer who has commitment issues Nine perfect strangers all broken in their own way looking for a make over, a rejuvenation.Then there is Maria Masha Dmitrichenko, a Russian immigrant Masha, the director of Tranquillum House, is a transformation zealot enlightenment for all These nine guests are to be the first to start her new regime Their destinies are in her hands She is going to change these people, not just temporarily, but forever.I wasn t sure where this story was going to go But.e way it went was never in my wildest dreams what I imagined.Moriarty s ability to bring out the small idiosyncrasies in each person is extraordinary She slowly dissects each character, their thoughts, fears and hopes are revealed through her writing It was easy to see something of yourself in these everyday people.Moriarty has written a novel that delves into the human mind and the way we think and connect with each other, showing an intricate observation of human failings and frailties.The story had my emotions reeling I could feel empathy for the characters and sadness over their different circumstances But a sudden shift in the story had my anger rising, which shows how real the characters and the story felt to me With Moriarty you never know what could possibly happen next.Nine Perfect Strangers is a roller coaster of a read with beautifully developed characters full of insecurities, false bravado and completely relatable Once you start reading this book it will be hard to put down flag 104 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Nov 06, 2018 Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 best reads, favorite authors, writer character 4.5No snack stashes allowed But I m still rounding up If I went to a health spa and they confiscated my phone and secretly raided my suitcase for snack stashes, I d think WTF What did I sign up for Those snacks were there for a reason And the phone, oh dear As Moriarty writes, How was she going to cope for ten days without instant answers to idle questions Sigh, what would any of us do without Google People arriving at the health spa in Nine Perfect Strangers did not want a WTF moment, 4.5No snack stashes allowed But I m still rounding up If I went to a health spa and they confiscated my phone and secretly raided my suitcase for snack stashes, I d think WTF What did I sign up for Those snacks were there for a reason And the phone, oh dear As Moriarty writes, How was she going to cope for ten days without instant answers to idle questions Sigh, what would any of us do without Google People arriving at the health spa in Nine Perfect Strangers did not want a WTF moment, I guarantee you They wanted to relax and they wanted to try something new, but mostly they wanted to improve lose weight or eat right or feel better The plot thickens, but that s all I m going to say about the story you need to go into this one blind.I was worried about whether my head could hold 9 guests plus 3 people running the place without bursting or making me feel senile, but as usual Moriarty pulls it off Her main trick is to go slowly She never introduces a person before you have the previous character down pat She doesn t jam pack a party and make you take a name test at the end It s like you visit with each person separately so by the time Moriarty has them interacting, you know their scoops And, per Moriarty style, she makes a bunch of ordinary people seem interesting Each chapter is about one person, and this style works well.I get pissed that people call Moriarty books chick lit Maybe it s because some of the guests are into their appearance, which makes them seem superficial But we get to see what these characters are thinking and what they really worry about deep down Every person has baggage and we get to see what s inside the suitcase.And then there s the Women and Their Weight hot topic Although that theme isn t front and center in this book, it does get some air time, which I think leads people to whisper chick lit Moriarty s books aren t epic, complex stories that are massive pieces of art But Moriarty shows what makes people tick and gives us characters who are introspective And they are relatable, a big plus One of her books, What Alice Forgot, was so wonderful that it made my all time favorites list, and if that means I have chick lit on that precious list, so be it.Add suspense, humor, insight, a good plot, and decent writing, and you have yourself an excellent book I was thoroughly entertained And at about the halfway point, I couldn t put the book down I didn t have a clue about what was going to happen All of the sudden there was a piece of dialogue, actually one sentence, that was delivered brilliantly and made me sit up straight as I entered a whole new scene And there were surprises every few minutes after that I will say that many reviewers complain about the second half of the book It does change genres again, I m staying mum so as not to spoil anything , but it was brilliant There was one scene that was totally over the top, which annoyed me, but it wasn t enough for me to knock off a star.Here are examples of Moriarty s funny Great veins, he said Nurses often said that about Frances s veins She always felt momentarily proud and then kind of depressed, because what a waste of a positive attribute It was depressing to be treated like a refrigerator She was a terrible winker she found it hard to close only one eye and had been told that her attempt looked like an extraordinary facial spasm Your skin is gorgeous Frances gesticulated wildly, probably because she was trying not to look at Zoe s pimple And these sentences will give you an idea of her style He d thought, full of love and testosterone, that he would protect his woman from bad men and heavy furniture and upsetting food She couldn t shake the feeling that if she didn t record this moment on her phone then it wasn t really happening Women and their bodies The most abusive and toxic of relationships Moriarty is heavy on dialogue which I love and doesn t venture out into the wilderness to describe leaves and pebbles which also gets my stamp of approval It was only when someone thinks they see a kangaroo on the road that I realized I was in Australia Kangaroo I want to see a kangaroo Must accept that it s not going to happen here in the states, so sad Even the word makes me laugh, it s so playful, jazzy, and rhythmic.Yes, there is a small Complaint Board You know I didn t like the one over the top scene But there are three nits A few sentences had faulty grammar Where oh where was the editor Anyway, they didn t make me twitch for long The book title is wrong, I tell you The nine people aren t all strangers There is a couple and there s a family of three The editor in me just hates that the title isn t accurate I need to get a life, lol The book is about 450 pages Writers, please keep it under 400 pages I might have adult ADD you know.I loved this novel One of the reasons I rounded up to 5 stars is because I know I ll remember the plotline for a long while memory longevity factors into my rating I hope they make the book into a movie I would love to see this on the screen Hm I need to think about what to tell the director about casting, lol, once I make my choices Maybe they will make it into a movie since Big Little Lies transferred to the scene so well btw, I can t wait to see Season 2, coming up in 2019, with queen Meryl Streep And of course I want to read the Moriarty books I ve missed She s one of my favorite authors Check this book out flag 98 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Lisa Petrocelly Debbie, hi I agree with you I hate that the term chick lit is so often equated with with brainless romance, with plots no deeper than a combination Debbie, hi I agree with you I hate that the term chick lit is so often equated with with brainless romance, with plots no deeper than a combination of clothes, nail polish, the beach, a few hot men Sometimes, gasp it s ok to enjoy a book for exactly what it is, and sometimes a chick lit writer blows you away with her insight into the human condition.Thanks Jan 30, 2019 11 44AM Debbie Lisa wrote Debbie, hi I agree with you I hate that the term chick lit is so often equated with with brainless romance, with plots no deeper than Lisa wrote Debbie, hi I agree with you I hate that the term chick lit is so often equated with with brainless romance, with plots no deeper than a combination of clothes, nail polish, the beach, a few h Thanks, Lisa I m glad that you know exactly what I mean Long live great books, regardless of their genre This writer does blow me away with her insight into the human condition Just about every single time She s a favorite author of mine What Alice Forgot made my all time faves list Jan 30, 2019 06 23PM Sep 18, 2018 Elise TheBookishActress rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 star, elise underrated list, genre mystery suspense, read 2019, released 2018, favorite characters, favorite squads, favorite friendships, that lgbtq rep tho, that gay genre fiction content Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don t notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, How did I get here But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences. This book is weird, because it s sort of a meta thriller character exploration that has no genre and hates genre convention, and what s perhaps even weirder is that um this is Liane Moriarty s brand now I find it really in Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don t notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, How did I get here But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences. This book is weird, because it s sort of a meta thriller character exploration that has no genre and hates genre convention, and what s perhaps even weirder is that um this is Liane Moriarty s brand now I find it really interesting how Liane Moriarty s brand has become thrillers that aren t about the horror element, and how aware of that she is With books like her two last, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty, she s used the thriller conceit to tell stories about the everyday horror that comes with domesticity and being a woman I felt like she did this perfectly with Big Little Lies, but that the thriller conceit was ridiculous in Truly Madly Guilty Here, I think she s truly leaned in to her talents for character development The thing is that what she lacks in actual suspense, she makes up for with interesting characters and some cool messages hidden under a simple story She remembered her first ever boyfriend of over thirty years ago, who told her he preferred smaller breasts than hers, while his hands were on her breasts, as if she d find this interesting, as if women s body parts were dishes on a menu and men were the goddamned diners.This is what she said to that first boyfriend Sorry This was her first boyfriend s benevolent reply That s okay Frances is a struggling romance novelist going for a weekend away to try and revamp her life after another bad experience with romance Napoleon, Heather, and Zoe are a family who seem far perfect on the outside than they are on the inside Zoe was arguably my favorite character in the book compared to several other characters, she is perhaps the most rational And while Napoleon and Heather aren t quite as central, each has a lot of development and emotional conflict there s this moment where they just hold hands and yet it is so amazing The characters don t end there Ben and Jessica are a struggling young couple having a conflict over their previous lottery win Carmel is a young mother dealing with body image issues after her husband has left her for a younger woman Lars is a divorce lawyer still attempting to retroactively fix his mother s situation and in just a bit of conflict with his husband Ray he was one of my favorite characters Tony is an ex football player attempting to change his life up again Together, they make up the title s nine perfect strangers, all trying to change their lives And what I enjoyed the most is that all of these characters have their idiosyncrasies, and aren t particularly likable, but all manage to gain your sympathy anyway Perhaps the novel s biggest problem is that the thriller aspect is really nothing but a ridiculous framing device, and doesn t actually cause that much conflict to be brought to life This is not fixed by the pacing issues the beginning of the novel is far too long, and while the payoff for all her setup is fantastic, I thought she could have streamlined the middle by integrating character development into the plot with far care The novel s tenth and eleventh character, Marsha Yao, both get good development, but their role in the narrative itself is somewhat overextended at times That being said, the payoff truly is excellent The book ends its chosen arcs with about eight different quality character endings, including but not limited to an amicable marital breakup that subverts expectations, a sendup of romance novels commentary on the thriller genre, a very sweet coming to jesus moment for one couple, and an excellent and very feminist ending for one woman release date 12 November 2018 Arc received from Flatiron for an honest review. Blog Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 85 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Sep 04, 2018 Sarah rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves fiction, netgalley, not for me My first Liane Moriarty novel I was intrigued by this one after the hype surrounding Big Little Lies This may not be indicative of the quality of her other novels, but I found this to be cliched, predictable and ridiculous The story focuses on the nine strangers of the title who sign up for a kind of health cleanse at a spa, situated in a remote part of Australia We quickly learn that something is amiss, and that these people are part of an experience bizarre and in some ways sinister My first Liane Moriarty novel I was intrigued by this one after the hype surrounding Big Little Lies This may not be indicative of the quality of her other novels, but I found this to be cliched, predictable and ridiculous The story focuses on the nine strangers of the title who sign up for a kind of health cleanse at a spa, situated in a remote part of Australia We quickly learn that something is amiss, and that these people are part of an experience bizarre and in some ways sinister than was initially advertised.If you re looking for a quick and easy although very far fetched read then this might be the book for you However I found myself rolling my eyes at multiple points throughout this story the characters are stereotypes who come across as pretty one note, and the twists were not unexpected or shocking for me, anyway I honestly just found it very hard to care about anything that happened throughout the book.Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review flag 85 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Lucie Jennifer wrote It s a pity for you that it was your first liane moriarty novel Every other book has been a five star read for me Standouts the hu Jennifer wrote It s a pity for you that it was your first liane moriarty novel Every other book has been a five star read for me Standouts the husbands secret the hypnotists love story etc etc etc Nine perfe Exactly This one was weird, but The Husband s Secret was great Jan 26, 2019 02 10PM Connie This is one to skip, boring and predictable Jan 29, 2019 11 20AM Oct 26, 2018 Trish at Between My Lines rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 release day, audio, bought, chick lit, contemporary Ahh, this rating breaks my heart I love Liane Moriarty, but this book was too looney tunes for me At times I thought I had fallen down a rabbit hole, cracked my head hard, and was hallucinating.To break it down further, I d rate the characters and the witty observations of life at 4 stars So I enjoyed chunks of it, and it wasn t a waste of time BUT, big butThe plot lost me Too far fetched and way too ludicrous, I felt like it could never have escalated the way it did, without someone ca Ahh, this rating breaks my heart I love Liane Moriarty, but this book was too looney tunes for me At times I thought I had fallen down a rabbit hole, cracked my head hard, and was hallucinating.To break it down further, I d rate the characters and the witty observations of life at 4 stars So I enjoyed chunks of it, and it wasn t a waste of time BUT, big butThe plot lost me Too far fetched and way too ludicrous, I felt like it could never have escalated the way it did, without someone calling a halt I just wanted the crazy to stop.Damn, I longed to love this flag 78 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 14, 2018 Brenda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, aussie authors, contemporary fiction, arc, uncorrected proof, sent by publisher, reviewing by request, 5000 books, own read Frances Welty, popular romance writer who d just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty five years of age The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort which was expensive , had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic in the film with Leonard Frances Welty, popular romance writer who d just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty five years of age The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort which was expensive , had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic in the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet which made Frances smile perhaps she might enjoy it after all.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, and wish to thank Pan Macmillan Australia for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for my honest review flag 76 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Sep 12, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have to give this one 5 for pure enjoyment levels I can t remember the last time I laughed so much at the same time as being made to consider life so much whilst reading a book.A weirdly wonderful group of utter stranger s all rock up to a 10 day wellness retreat, all looking for different answers, all hoping to come out the other side all brand new Well be careful what you wish for is all I ll sayThis group dynamic is pure dynamite as we slowly get to know this motley crew and their inn I have to give this one 5 for pure enjoyment levels I can t remember the last time I laughed so much at the same time as being made to consider life so much whilst reading a book.A weirdly wonderful group of utter stranger s all rock up to a 10 day wellness retreat, all looking for different answers, all hoping to come out the other side all brand new Well be careful what you wish for is all I ll sayThis group dynamic is pure dynamite as we slowly get to know this motley crew and their inner selves and life influences Throw into the mix a fanatical health nut and all bets are off Nine Complete Strangers is wildly entertaining, extraordinarily thought provoking and beautifully written You ll find your favourite mine was undoubtedly Francis, a woman after my own heart and get entirely caught up in their attempts to heal, their growing relationship with each other and the rather unexpected challenges they ll all face together I won t give too much away but one moment I was snorting tea out of my nose, the next I was shedding a tear I was all the way in first page to last Wonderful storytelling Highly Recommended flag 76 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 23, 2018 NZLisaM rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves chick lit, drama, contemporary, romance Nine, worn down by life, strangers, sign up for an exclusive ten day, mind and body total transformation retreat, but end up getting much than they bargained for I was expecting the Nine Perfect Strangers to be strangers to each other but this wasn t the case Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members father, mother, and their 20 year old daughter, while the remaining four were indeed strangers two male, two female Of course, the title does have a deeper, cl Nine, worn down by life, strangers, sign up for an exclusive ten day, mind and body total transformation retreat, but end up getting much than they bargained for I was expecting the Nine Perfect Strangers to be strangers to each other but this wasn t the case Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members father, mother, and their 20 year old daughter, while the remaining four were indeed strangers two male, two female Of course, the title does have a deeper, cleverer meaning that I am of course not going to reveal The fact that some were related did make it admittedly easier to keep the various characters straight, as there were thirteen POV s made up of the nine guests, three core staff, and one other no spoilers , so quite a few voices to keep up with Nine Perfect Strangers isn t a thriller, crime, or mystery novel, and while there are moments of psychological suspense, there are not enough of them to bill it as that either To be fair the back of the book doesn t mention any of the above genres, but because that s what I ve come to expect from Liane Moriarty even though I did quite like this, at the same time I couldn t help feeling disappointed I would call it contemporary, chick lit a light, entertaining, amusing romp, that would make an excellent beach read I would even go as far as to call it a parody, as it does poke fun at itself several times, and the silliness towards the end screams deliberate The characters were all interesting, and their reasons for attending a health retreat were moving, emotional, touching real world, relatable issues The back of the book lists the following words shame, guilt, loss, grief, privilege, insecurity, addiction, identity, love and I think that sums up the novel nicely So, all in all, it was well done, but I would ve preferred it to be crime, psychological suspense flag 74 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Oct 04, 2018 Amanda Mrs Bs Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 books, aww2018, first reads, review book She s back exclaims the front cover of my proof copy of Nine Perfect Strangers, the latest release from household name and bestselling author Liane Moriarty If you don t know who Liane Moriarty is I might mistake you for living under a rock She is one of Australia s greatest exports, gracing the illusive New York Times bestseller list many times over She also has close ties to Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to the HBO s She s back exclaims the front cover of my proof copy of Nine Perfect Strangers, the latest release from household name and bestselling author Liane Moriarty If you don t know who Liane Moriarty is I might mistake you for living under a rock She is one of Australia s greatest exports, gracing the illusive New York Times bestseller list many times over She also has close ties to Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to the HBO series Big Little Lies which is based on Moriarty s most well known book So it is safe to say the anticipation bar for Nine Perfect Strangers was set high for me and many readers Thankfully I am happy to report Moriarty s eighth novel is one entertaining page turner In Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty takes a slight departure from her popular domestic setting and moves her action to a rural location Tranquillum House is a health and well resort, nestled in country NSW This retreat offers a complete transformation experience, a total wellness overhaul When nine discordant strangers descend on Tranquillum for its renowned ten day package, each has their own reasons and goals to achieve during their time at the resort To support them during their time is the centre director, a woman with plenty of motivation to keep these nine people on their toes during their time at Tranquillum But this ten day stay is turned on its head, quite literally, when something big transpires, altering the pathway of each of these guests.I recently read an interview with Liane Moriarty where she discusses the inspiration behind her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty cites a personal interest in the public s fascination and perhaps preoccupation with wellness retreats, our desire to attain a sense of spirituality and our obsession with self improvement In some cases, the public can view these wellness centres as a kind of religion I liked Moriarty s motivation and her willingness to delve into a world that perhaps we do not know a lot about I know I personally have never visited a health retreat, so this story was an eye opener Moriarty s new novel sends a jeer in the way of these seductive resorts and our preoccupation with wellness It is a scathing at times, insightful and a scintillating glimpse into the world of health retreats.As we have come to expect with Moriarty s novels, going on the back of the highly successful previous novels, Big Little Lies and The Husband s Secret, the characterisation is top notch in Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty spends a lot of time laying down the foundations and her scaffolding technique works We soon build a solid picture of each and every one of the nine perfect strangers There are a good cross section of players in this novel, from instant millionaires, to success stories, families and Moriarty also excels in her ability to show us both sides of the spectrum in this business, we see the workers and owners, as well as the patrons of this enterprise It is fascinating Each individual has their own unique journey, but they all converge and come to a head during the life changing stay at Tranquillum.Although at times the approach to the main subject matter and themes features in Nine Perfect Strangers is humourous and almost whimsical, buried underneath this facade are some serious themes Moriarty uses Nine Perfect Strangers as a tool to expose issues such as guilt, loss, broken relationships, family politics, self image, wealth and reconciliation When we think deeper about these issues, they are the everyday problems that ordinary people face in their day to day lives Perhaps this is why Moriarty has such widespread appeal It is her ability to focus on the normal aspects of human life, in such an accessible and dark humourous way.Moriarty is quite the plotter and she has quite the directive edge There are a few plot twists and turns towards to end of the novel, that even now after finishing this book over a week ago, I am not entirely sure how I felt about the finale explosive big reveal I find myself in a quandary as I am unable to discuss this aspect without venturing in spoiler territory However, I have had the opportunity to discuss the pivotal final scenes of Nine Perfect Strangers with another respected author and like minded reader Our thoughts on this aspect of the novel were aligned There is a kind of anti climax feeling attached to this part of the novel I felt it and she did too However, we both agreed that Moriarty is a fabulous storyteller and her characterisation is second to none In all probability, Nine Perfect Strangers will hit the spot for Moriarty fans, it is one cloak and dagger tale that will have you mesmerised from the opening, through to that explosive ending Thanks extended to Pan Macmillan for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.Nine Perfect Strangers, is book 124 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge flag 73 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Jan 15, 2019 Lucie rated it really liked it Shelves great characters, suspense thriller, women s fiction This one started out strong OF COURSE it s Liane Moriarty.Right from the beginning, it was intriguing and funny, with the completely real and tangible characters we ve all come to expect and love from this author the MASTER of character driven stories I mean, it s truly awe inspiring how rich and downright REAL Moriarty s characters are it s why we love her books.This story is written in the way that so many are these days, where the narrative switches from one character to another w This one started out strong OF COURSE it s Liane Moriarty.Right from the beginning, it was intriguing and funny, with the completely real and tangible characters we ve all come to expect and love from this author the MASTER of character driven stories I mean, it s truly awe inspiring how rich and downright REAL Moriarty s characters are it s why we love her books.This story is written in the way that so many are these days, where the narrative switches from one character to another with each short chapter But in this case, there are NINE characters staying at the health resort, with NINE different narratives, plus another 3 or 4 characters who run the resort, who are also weighing in with their thoughts for the reader.So there s a lot of repetitiveness here, a lot of people talking, and all about the same exact events For me, it felt repetitive, and it really slowed down the pace of the story.Let s just say it s not one of those books that kept me reading late into the night After about the fourth or fifth person weighed in with their feelings about the same exact event, and their chapter ended, I just thought, Okay, that s enough for tonight And I closed the book.I mean, this is not a short novel 450 pages to be exact I read and read, and granted, some weird and interesting things happened, but it all just seemed a bit repetitive and really unrealistic, to tell you the truth which was SO frustrating to me, because the thing I appreciate most about Moriarty s writing is that her stuff is so REAL.As I was making my way through the last half of the book, I was thinking, Oh my God I m going to have to go on and give Liane Moriarty a 3 star rating Oh my God But then, right at the end, in the last 30 pages, she pulled it off She wrapped up this story with these nine perfect strangers in a way I was not expecting AT ALL and absolutely loved.I still feel like the pace in the middle was too slow, and the story was a bit far fetched, but her delicious, funny, smart, vulnerable, relatable, likeable characters will always keep me coming back for flag 71 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Lucie DeAnn wrote Lucie, this is a spot on review I agree with your points, 4 star read for me too Aren t you the sweetest It s always a bit scary to DeAnn wrote Lucie, this is a spot on review I agree with your points, 4 star read for me too Aren t you the sweetest It s always a bit scary to say anything negative about a beloved author But it s always so nice when you find people who say, Yeah Exactly I felt that way too Jan 19, 2019 03 54AM Nicola Gipson Great balanced review Lucie Jan 30, 2019 12 52AM Jan 06, 2019 Zoeytron rated it really liked it Shelves a to z challenge, public library An expensive ten day retreat at an out of the way spa for nine individuals A health and wellness experience promising personal transformation, spiritual awakening, soul cleansing No phones, no TV, no screens of any sort Likewise, alcohol, junk food, sugar, books , etc are verboten You are assured of being a completely different person when you finish the course Before it is over, the exercise will morph into something else entirely In looking at my GR friends reviews, I see we An expensive ten day retreat at an out of the way spa for nine individuals A health and wellness experience promising personal transformation, spiritual awakening, soul cleansing No phones, no TV, no screens of any sort Likewise, alcohol, junk food, sugar, books , etc are verboten You are assured of being a completely different person when you finish the course Before it is over, the exercise will morph into something else entirely In looking at my GR friends reviews, I see we are all over the place with this one To me, reading this novel was like eating ice cream, irresistible and perhaps slightly indulgent, but pure pleasure nevertheless flag 66 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Dec 20, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, australian author, relationships, society Liane Moriarty s books always provide plenty of food for thought and this one is no exception She brings together nine people all seeking something they need from the luxury wellness retreat they are booked into for the next ten days Frances Welty, the menopausal writer suffering back pain and needing to de stress Ben and Jessica the couple with relationship problems the Marconis grieving their lost son and brother Lars who needs to make a big decision ex football star Tony who is lonely a Liane Moriarty s books always provide plenty of food for thought and this one is no exception She brings together nine people all seeking something they need from the luxury wellness retreat they are booked into for the next ten days Frances Welty, the menopausal writer suffering back pain and needing to de stress Ben and Jessica the couple with relationship problems the Marconis grieving their lost son and brother Lars who needs to make a big decision ex football star Tony who is lonely and Carmel suffering low self esteem after her husband ran off with a younger woman, leaving her with their four young daughters I really liked the way Moriarty introduced us gradually to the characters so that we got to know them as individuals and gained some insights into what they were really looking for before they started interacting as a group The woman running the retreat, Masha, is a born again wellness expert who nearly died of a heart attack a few years ago She s very much into yoga, healthy eating, mindfulness and mediation She also has a new trick up her sleeve she wants to try out on her unsuspecting clients The results are hilarious but also quite poignant I did feel the book went a bit over the top as Masha went too far, but along the way Moriarty addressed some serious issues, injected quite a lot of humour and the end results for the participants were mostly positive and transformative, if not exactly what they expecting from the retreat All in all, an enjoyable read with characters that engage, a plot that surprises and some witty and insightful writing 4.5 flag 67 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 09, 2018 Felicia rated it really liked it I accidentally deleted my review and I don t keep copies of my reviews So here s an abbreviated version I loved it K Bye flag 63 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 12, 2019 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves book of the month, buddy read with marialyce If you like snarky humor, as I do, then you ll find much to enjoy here I appreciate an author who can write subtle satire and I loved the wit of the author and the sly digs into self important authors, the publishing industry, our obsession with age, appearance and wellness , and the psycho babble of some spirituality gurus Nine people arrive at the resort, Tranquillion House, for a 10 day stay, looking for RR and pampering along with transformation Some are looking for weight loss and If you like snarky humor, as I do, then you ll find much to enjoy here I appreciate an author who can write subtle satire and I loved the wit of the author and the sly digs into self important authors, the publishing industry, our obsession with age, appearance and wellness , and the psycho babble of some spirituality gurus Nine people arrive at the resort, Tranquillion House, for a 10 day stay, looking for RR and pampering along with transformation Some are looking for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle while others have serious issues that they need to learn how to cope with in a healthier way Throughout the course of the novel we delve deeper into their lives and learn their backstories Of course, I had my favorite characters, and Frances, the menopausal romance novelist was the one I was immediately drawn to in this story I love snarky wit and she was hilarious But it s not all laughs, as some guests are dealing with serious issues, many of them heartbreaking It soon becomes obvious that Masha, the spa owner s journey to wellness is boot camp than relaxation The first hint is when their bags are searched and contraband is confiscated alcohol, candy, snacks, cell phones What, no google Frances worries how she will survive not being able to google idle questions that pop into her brain I confess I would have that same moment of panic As the days pass they discover that Masha s methods for transformation are even radical than they had at first thought Halfway through, there was a genre changing twist and things get a little serious Although I had a suspicion, I was only partially right and the author managed to take me completely by surprise No spoilers here, but it suddenly became an entirely different story, and the nine must band together for a solution I m being deliberately vague as it s important to go into this story blind There s an epilogue, which I ordinarily find to be unnecessary but in this case I appreciated it There are transformations, although not necessarily the ones the guests expected I highly recommend It s fun, smart, and well written My only complaint is, at 450 pages, it s a bit too long The film rights have already been bought by Nicole Kidman and I think it will make a terrific movie This was a fun buddy read with my friend Marialyce We thought it was a fine example of women s fiction with humor and a side of serious, heartfelt issues that often tugged at my heartstrings Well done If taken too seriously this tale may fall short, but if taken as part satire then it s quite amusing flag 62 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Mary Beth Traveling Sister Fab review, Jan So glad you enjoyed it 2 hours, 49 min ago Kendall Excellent review Jan 2 hours, 1 min ago Dec 05, 2018 Katie B rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves australia, fiction, read in 2018 I have to say I was disappointed in this one as it didn t really work on any level for me I wish I was better at giving up on books that aren t holding my interest but I find it so difficult when it s an author whose previous books I have really enjoyed Nine people arrive at a health spa and each person has their own reason for choosing to stay there While the spa has plenty of amenities it is also a place that is known to challenge its guests in order for them to get the most out of their vi I have to say I was disappointed in this one as it didn t really work on any level for me I wish I was better at giving up on books that aren t holding my interest but I find it so difficult when it s an author whose previous books I have really enjoyed Nine people arrive at a health spa and each person has their own reason for choosing to stay there While the spa has plenty of amenities it is also a place that is known to challenge its guests in order for them to get the most out of their visit Let s just say this isn t going to be a cakewalk for these nine strangers.So a problem fairly soon into the book was I just was not connecting with any of the characters It s not that I found them unlikable, it s I just wasn t all that interested in their lives Not even the romance writer did anything for me I was bored for the first half of the book and then finally something peaks my interest but it just goes into ridiculous territory so I couldn t even enjoy it I just don t know what else to say about this one I think I m in the minority with how much I didn t like it, but it does seem like most people would agree this is not the author s best book I m definitely glad this was a library loan and not a purchase flag 74 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Oct 03, 2018 Melissa Mel s Bookshelf rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contempory fiction, womens fiction I admit, this is only my second Liane Moriarty book I read Truly Madly Guilty back in 2016 and I enjoyed it, but I wasn t totally blown away Back then I promised myself that I would read of her books, so when I saw this at the shops I decided to pick it up I m glad I did I thought it was better than Truly Madly Guilty and I really enjoyed the characters and story.Nine people seeking relaxation and change go along to a health retreat Each of them want to get away for ten days and trans I admit, this is only my second Liane Moriarty book I read Truly Madly Guilty back in 2016 and I enjoyed it, but I wasn t totally blown away Back then I promised myself that I would read of her books, so when I saw this at the shops I decided to pick it up I m glad I did I thought it was better than Truly Madly Guilty and I really enjoyed the characters and story.Nine people seeking relaxation and change go along to a health retreat Each of them want to get away for ten days and transform their lives for their own reasons However, the owner and operator of the retreat has something quite unique in store for themI am actually having trouble fitting this book into a particular genre Its not quite a thriller, its not quite a romance, its not quite an action story, or a comedy even though it has some funny moments I guess I will just have to class it as fiction.What appealed to me about this book was the ten day meditation and mindfulness retreat story line I have done two completely silent ten day meditation courses, however it was not a pampering experience It was extremely mentally demanding and exhausting at times But the experiences that I had there have remained with me throughout the years and I was interested to see where she was going to take it I felt some similarities occasionally with the characters and their journeys throughout the novel but then WOW it took a bit of a turn there The characters are all original and complex, with their own unique personalities and idiosyncrasies I really enjoyed getting to know them gradually as the story went on, examining their backgrounds and what brought them to the retreat.It was not all fun and relaxation, these people have difficult, and sometimes tragic pasts and I enjoyed all of their stories, even the heartbreaking ones.What I was expecting to happen was NOT where the story went at all I was surprised, but not at all disappointed with where it went.I really enjoy how Moriarty gives away the story slowly Piece by piece it unravels and the characters transform into people you didn t quite expect them to be.I wasn t the biggest fan of the ending I would have preferred a bit of something But overall it was a great read No doubt she is a brilliant author I have got to get to some of her others Would I Recommend Nine Perfect Strangers Yes, I really enjoyed it I loved all the characters and I didn t mind that it went off in a bizarre and interesting direction I actually thought it worked really well and I enjoyed not knowing what was coming It was well worth the read I purchased Nine Perfect Strangers at my own expense. flag 59 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 18, 2018 Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs, cluck cluck mothafucka, dysfunction junction, loveable losers, read in 2018, book of the month selection Find all of my reviews at Stars Why haven t any of you read this yet I m the worst at posting timely reviews so you ve had nearly a month I can t wait to see what others think of this Take note it is different than any of the other Moriarty books I ve read to date but somehow it s also the same The story here is about exactly what the title states nine perfect quirky strangers More specifically, they are Frances, Jessica and Ben, Heather Find all of my reviews at Stars Why haven t any of you read this yet I m the worst at posting timely reviews so you ve had nearly a month I can t wait to see what others think of this Take note it is different than any of the other Moriarty books I ve read to date but somehow it s also the same The story here is about exactly what the title states nine perfect quirky strangers More specifically, they are Frances, Jessica and Ben, Heather Napoleon and Zoe, Tony, Carmel and Lars All with different reasons which have brought them to a place called Tranquility House And thus begins a new take on the old getaway at a manor house story where the guests will work on both their bodies As well as their minds All while figuring out the answer to the question As I said above, Nine Perfect Strangers is different than anything Liane Moriarty has written before and to me it seems like she s really hit her stride She is a master of the ensemble cast, filled with fully fleshed out characters who spins such a tightly woven yarn you don t even know where it s going until you re there I think it s safe to say that I officially drink her Kool Aid and if that makes me the chickiest of all chicks then I m embracing that moniker cluckcluckmotherfuckers ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review Hope they don t regret it flag 59 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Sep 24, 2018 Margitte rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, 2018 releases, australia, chicken soup for the soul read, drama, fiction, friendship, relationships, reviewed, satire Tranquillum House, twenty minutes outside Jarribong, Australia A Place where people s lives changed within ten days A place where nine perfect strangers experienced a jaw dropping cataclysm in existential hogwash or harmony.They were Frances WeltyJessica Ben Chandler Heather, Napoleon and daughter Zoe MarconiTony Hogburn Carmel Schneider Lars LeeIn typical Liane Moriarty style, a cross section of society is thrown together and slowly moves into a situation which will have one of the part Tranquillum House, twenty minutes outside Jarribong, Australia A Place where people s lives changed within ten days A place where nine perfect strangers experienced a jaw dropping cataclysm in existential hogwash or harmony.They were Frances WeltyJessica Ben Chandler Heather, Napoleon and daughter Zoe MarconiTony Hogburn Carmel Schneider Lars LeeIn typical Liane Moriarty style, a cross section of society is thrown together and slowly moves into a situation which will have one of the participants call out in despair

    It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul Nelson Manela Quote from Invictus

    It was a moment in which Frances the author of romance novels, grabbed words out of her books and threw it into space.She dared to look up and the stars were a million darting eyes on the look out for rule breaking in her story sexism, ageism, racism, tokenism, ableism, plagiarism, cultural appropriation, fat shaming, body shaming, slut shaming, vegetarian shaming, real estate agent shaming The voice of the Almighty Internet boomed from the sky Shame on you An endless gossamer like sentence embroidered with jewel like metaphors, far too many clauses and meaning so obscure it had to be profound wrapped itself around Frances s neck, but it really didn t suit her, so she wrenched it off and flung it into space, where it floated free until at last a shy author on his way to a festival to accept a prize grabbed it from the sky and used it to gag one of his beautiful corpses It looked lovely on her Grey bearded critics applauded with relief, grateful it hadn t ended up in a beach read Well, yes, it was a bit messy, the whole situation, after the code of silence came to an end, and the smoothies became a revered drink every day And the former sports star heard his wife in absentia murmur that he was a professional sportsperson, but amateur human being And he then decided to do the high jump he was famous for They were promised a shortcut to enlightenment, which became a battle between charisma and beauty, a short fuse to catastrophising everything if they got it all wrong The author got back at her online reviewers, who might want to call her books Misogynistic airport trash that leaves a bad taste in your mouth ahhh, but wait, that was actually Frances Wylte s fate with one of her books It slithered snakelike into Frances mind, just as she met up with Gillian, her deceased editor It was just plain nasty The review was the cause of her actual nosebleed in the swimming pool How can she forget a review like that But Masha had other reviews to think about Those on Tripadvisor, about Tranquillum House, her health retreat In fact, there was than one person in that mix that craved recognition, respect, five star reviews and gratitude The problem was, that it was not freely given, it had to be earned, even if some guests called for a lower, cloudier sky, didn t get it, and now wanted her money back.Although the denouement dragged a bit, it was an excellent read Liane Moriarty has the knack to drag the reader slowly into suspense, in this case bizarre, outrageous entertaining fun The plot is constantly lightened up with social commentary, in fact, it IS ONE HUGE SOCIAL COMMENTARY Oh yes, and a psychological thriller as well RECOMMENDED flag 54 likesLike see review View all 14 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Great or awful 10 86 Jan 30, 2019 02 31PM Could anyone finish this book 16 102 Jan 29, 2019 08 09AM The Perks Of Bein Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty January 2019 39 167 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Witherspoon Writing as L.M Moriarty, Liane has also written a children s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter Her new novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016 Books by Liane Moriarty More Trivia About Nine Perfect Stra No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Nine Perfect Stra Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don t notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, How did I get here But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences 7 likes He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it The secret of a happy marriage was not to go looking for it 7 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 9870, 22127, 19516, 5515, 1597 if rating_details rating_detailssert top 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    Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Sep , Nine, worn down by life, strangers, sign up for an exclusive ten day, mind and body total transformation retreat, but end up getting much than they bargained for I was expecting the Nine Perfect Strangers to be strangers to each other but this wasn t the case Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members father, mother, and their year old daughter, while the Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty NINE PERFECT STRANGERS is two books in one the first, filled with eccentric characters, wry humor and promise for intrigue the second, utter tedium What a grand idea for a plot, I thought, as I was introduced to nine people about to embark on inside and out makeovers at a Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Book of the Month 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. Nine Perfect Strangers Kindle edition by Liane Moriarty Nov , Nine Perfect Strangers Kindle edition by Liane Moriarty Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Nine Perfect Strangers. Nine Perfect Strangers Liane Moriarty Macmillan 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. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, Hardcover Overview 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. Liane Moriarty s Nine Perfect Strangers a little too Nov , Nine Perfect Strangers is set at the Tranquillum House, a resort that promises life altering results for the residents who make their way past kangaroo roadkill to get there. PDF Nine Perfect Strangers Book Review by Liane NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought provoking and yet so humourous to read I absolutely loved this book and couldn t get enough of these quirky characters. Liane Moriarty s Nine Perfect Strangers Book review EW Nov , Liane Moriarty s Nine Perfect Strangers isn t perfect but it s still a fun, smart read EW review Liane Moriarty s Nine Perfect Strangers isn t perfect but it s still a fun, smart read EW review Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty on Apple Books Nov , 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.

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        Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband s Secret and Big Little Lies Her breakout novel The Husband s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Best Book of 2013 and has Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband s Secret and Big Little Lies Her breakout novel The Husband s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list CBS Films has acquired the film rights With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list An HBO series based on Big Little Lies is currently in production, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon Writing as L.M Moriarty, Liane has also written a children s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter Her new novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016


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    1. 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 want HER BEST Y [...]


    2. 2.5 stars, rounded up.Ugh This one really fell flat for me.The idea of self improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it That s what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia They re coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they ve become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that h 2 [...]


    3. DNFed at 56%This book was shit There I said it.I don t say this often nor lightly but this book had zero redeeming qualities Having read and loved Big Little Lies a bit to my surprise , I was excited to read Moriarty s newest work In BLL, her characters were attaching and made me care about their stories In this one, I m assuming she meant for the characters to not be so loveable but damn I also hated how much shit the Instagram model got We get it, you judge them and their plastic s DNFed at 56 [...]


    4. Liane Moriarty s latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably than they bargained for with the Liane [...]


    5. Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate dipped gherkin Watch out for the green stuff.I m a Liane Moriarty fan But this latest book is a mess It s being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that s really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense The book s mission isn t really to surprise instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag Unfortunately, by the end you won t have found out one darned thing you didn t [...]


    6. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication Frances former bestselling romance author ironically the victim of a romance con scamLars divorce attorney representing women onlyTony former professional sports starNapoleon, Heather, and Zoe family coming apart at the seamsCaramel Husband dumped her for a younger woman wants to lose weight gain positive self image Ben and Jessica marriage on the rocks after winning the lotteryMasha Head guru health spa owner Nine Perfect S [...]


    7. Seriously, I don t know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it Half way through I was done with itbut, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated There are 10 11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view It wasn t confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn t like Even the epilogue went ond on.d on Perhaps if it had been m Seriously, I don t [...]


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