4.5 star reviews, Book reviews, contemporary fiction, Women's Fiction

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

4.5/5 stars

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My Review:

I LOVE Liane Moriarty’s books and I have been waiting for three years for a new book from her.  I was SO EXCITED when I heard Nine Perfect Strangers was coming out!

Nine Perfect Strangers has some BIG SHOES to fill as Big Little Lies has been a very talked about book and now HBO TV series.

Nine perfect strangers meet at a luxury health resort, each for their own reasons.  Masha, the woman who runs the health resort is an interesting character who was a CEO of a large corporation but had a heart attack and changed her lifestyle and transformed her body and mind and has now opened this health resort.  I’ve never read a book about a health resort and the experience of transformation through lifestyle change before, so I was intrigued and wondered from the beginning if maybe there was something I would glean from this that I could take into my own life to make some positive changes.

I will say that Nine Perfect Strangers started slowly for me.  I didn’t connect with any of the characters at first and found it hard to be emotionally invested in them.  But, as usual with Liane Moriarty’s books, there is something you can’t quite put your finger on that keeps you reading because you want to know what it is.

As the story builds, I did connect with Napoleon and Heather who are raising teenagers and with Carmel who is a mom.  I did end up really liking Tony’s character, as well.  I do think that the diverse-ness of the characters lends itself to many people finding aspects of themselves in the characters and things they can relate to and connect with about the characters.

I would never have predicted what happened in this book.  The last third of the book was INTENSE and kept me on the edge of my seat and up way past my bedtime!!

From the Publisher:

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

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