Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels. Her breakout novel, The Husband’s Secret, sold over three million copies worldwide. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son, and daughter.
Author bio condensed from Goodreads
Nine Perfect Strangers Synopsis
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These 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. 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 the most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Coul this perosn 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 Liane Moriarty’s writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.
Nine Perfect Strangers Review
Do you want three words to sum up Nine Perfect Strangers? Trying to hard. That’s what this book is, which is severly dissappointing. Not only because I’ve come to expect more from Ms. Moriarty’s writing but because the synopsis is not at all what the book is about. Nine Perfect Strangers does what a lot of Moriarty’s books do, dart around from character to characte, which isn’t a problem for me, I LOVE when books do that. However, you learn that as the synopsis says Frances does have bad back, a bad paper cut, and a broken heart. You’re also told that her recent book has been denied by multiple people which makes her jaded at life and puts a fog over the book. From there, you find that the others are actually trying to get into what Tranquillam House is offering and it’s not until all the reveals happen that some of them start to doubt anything. One character actually still refuses to believe anything bad at first.
I think the worst part about Nine Perfect Strangers is how rushed the ending becomes. We meander through meeting Frances and the rest of the cast, we meander through the first few days at Tranquillam House, we meander through the last day at Tranquillam House and then out of now where it’s super fast paced crap hits the fan, group throws a party, group moves on, fast foward in time, fast forward in time, ta-da. I HATE when novels do that. Keep a steady pace, you’re writing a story and drawing me not running the freaking Daytona 500 or something. The sad thing is, if it hadn’t been for that Nine Perfect Strangers would have actually been a pretty book.
My verdict: Rent from the library or pick up at a used book sale, don’t pay full price for this one.
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