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Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

Paperback Published: 18th September 2018
ISBN: 9781743534922
Number Of Pages: 512

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"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed..." – Jojo Moyes

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

"Mistress of the razor-sharp observation..." – Kate Morton

"Moriarty is brilliant at her craft, all the time cranking up the suspense." – The Age

Book Review
by Sarah McDuling


Like many people, my favourite Liane Moriarty book has always been Big Little Lies. A super popular bestseller even before it became a super popular TV show – Big Little Lies was the book responsible for propelling me into a feverish phase during which I devoured Moriarty’s entire back catalogue. Nine Perfect Strangers may well be my new favourite Liane Moriarty book, or at least tied for first place with Big Little Lies. I don’t know. Trying to rank these books is mentally exhausting – but suffice to say it’s a very close call.

With Nine Perfect Strangers, Moriarty has moved slightly away from the “domestic noir” genre. Sort of. This book thrums with suspense. It contains that same thrilling sense of mystery and discovery that I have come to associate with with this author – but at this same time it feels different from her previous novels. Maybe simply because this time the setting is not suburban? Or perhaps it’s the number of characters that Moriarty is juggling this time? Either way Nine Perfect Strangers achieved a rare and wondrous miracle for me. It felt fresh and new and totally surprising, while still delivering the same exact ‘Moriarty magic’ that I both wanted and expected.

Set in a remote health-and-wellness retreat, presided over by a very intriguing and charismatic guru figure, Nine Perfect Strangers introduces us to nine different characters with very little in common. Each has a compelling reason for coming to the retreat. Some seek healing while others wish to be transformed. Some have utterly heartbreaking backstories while others are running from embarrassments, mistakes, failures and fears.

These characters are to die for. Lovable, idiosyncratic and larger than life – I laughed and cried and wished and hoped and grieved alongside each and every one of them. As per usual, when it comes to Liane Moriarty’s keenly insightful writing, the characters are so well-crafted, nuanced and endearing that I felt a wrench of sorrow to part with them at the end of the book.

And the plot! Obviously it’s hard to discuss without giving away spoilers (which I promise I will not do!) but the plot of Nine Perfect Strangers takes some very interesting and unpredictable turns. This book is quite outrageous and totally unexpected in the best possible way. It’s a wild ride, outright hilarious at times, deeply poignant at others, and delightfully clever throughout.

There’s really nothing I like more than a story which gathers together an unlikely group of misfits who start out as strangers and end up forming unexpected bonds. This book does exactly that, with such amazing style and grace that I’m already looking forward to my first re-read.

Hmmm - not her best work

3

I've read all of Liane Moriarty's books and this for me was not her best work...11 main characters was too many and it just didn't have the same "real" feel that you can identify with in her other novels...an ok holiday read - just not my fave!!

Ballarat

Has Liane sold her soul to Hollywood?

1

I think Liane has been caught unprepared ,being told by the Hollywood powers that be how they want her novel to project. Did she not read the fine print? Hollywood does not give without demanding something in return, generally your soul.Trying to normalise drugs being given to non consenting adults in a novel of hers rings big alarm bells of 'subtle' indoctrination of the masses; that's us, the readers. This book is just not typical of Liane's writing and I think she needs our prayers for protection. Scary stuff.

Ipswich

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Disappointed

2

I've read a few of Liane's books and she is a talented writer. This book started off with promise, with interesting characters and humour. But then half way through the plot became a bit ridiculous really. The ending could have been so much better, I left feeling very disappointed. I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this book.

Sydney

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I thought this book was really good.

5

I thought I would have trouble with all the Characters ..Because of a stroke 7.years ago..But I didn't.!!!! Very well written.

Melbourne

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So disappointed

2

I have read most of her books and loved them. This started ok but then became totally unbelievable and I actually lost interest and didn't finish the last 40 pages. Don't waste your time getting into this ... you will be disappointed.

Melbourne

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Thoroughly enjoyable

5

I entered into reading this book completely blind, on purpose. I had no idea what to expect - is it a romance? Thriller? Murder mystery? Turns out, I'm not entirely sure how to categorise it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed not knowing where the story was going as it continued, and I enjoyed the author's easy, witty style.

newcastle.nsw.au

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Started well but went bizarre

2

Had expected more of this highly praised author

Sydney

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I wasted good hours on this

2

Like other readers I have read Liane's books when i need a light read, like on a plane. This was so incredibly bad. I kept holding out hope for improvement as I read on. The characters were unlikeable, they were an exaggerated cliche of a variety of personalities. I kept feeling the book was written as a script for a crazy B grade movie. I'm not sure if she had pressure to churn this out, I know it was picked up before written for a movie. I will never read a book of hers again due to this disaster, I'd hate to waste the time again. -----------------------------------------------------

Sydney

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Ridiculous

1

Like other readers I have read Liane's books when i need a light read, like on a plane. This was so incredibly bad. I kept holding out hope for improvement as I read on. The characters were unlikeable, they were an exaggerated cliche of a variety of personalities. I kept feeling the book was written as a script for a crazy B grade movie. I'm not sure if she had pressure to churn this out, I know it was picked up before written for a movie. I will never read a book of hers again due to this disaster, I'd hate to waste the time again.

Sydney

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Disappointingly her worst yet

2

This was an awful book. I usually love this author, but wonder if the sucess of her earlier novel (translated to TV) with big names, pressed her to push this one out? It was top 10 worst books I've read, unlikable characters, bad plotline, ill informed knowledge of the topic. May be the worst book I have ever read. I was SO disappointed as I usually like this author (except Three Wishes, that was silly) I only ever use the books as international flight reading, but this last one was so ridiculous I had to say something

Northern Rivers

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Nine Perfect Strangers

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ISBN: 9781743534922
ISBN-10: 1743534922
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 18th September 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.64

Liane Moriarty

About the Author


Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of seven internationally best-selling novels, including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty.

The Husband's Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to be translated into over 35 languages. 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. Film and television rights were snapped up by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The series will screen in the first half of 2017.

Truly Madly Guilty also debuted at #1 in its first week of publication on the New York Times bestseller list and both Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty were number one bestsellers in Australia. Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a series of books for children.

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