- Publisher: Large Print Pr; Large Print edition (30 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432859013
- ISBN-13: 978-1432859015
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
- Average Customer Review: 187 customer reviews
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"A treat for Big Little Lies fans....Witty and poignant, Moriarty's storytelling is worth every penny." --People, Book of the Week
"[A] smart and suspenseful page-turner." --Woman's World
"An entrancing read...An early holiday present for Moriarty fans, Nine Perfect Strangers is a darkly comical novel that defies classification. It manages to be wildly funny and richly emotional at the same time, proving that the Big Little Lies author still has a lot to offer her readers." --Bustle
"As she did in Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty writes compelling, realistic characters. Readers will devour Nine Perfect Strangers." --Real Simple
"Moriarty is back with another page-turner." --TIME
"Irresistible." --Entertainment Weekly
"Liane Moriarty is a master of sustained tension." --Washington Post
"Promises to be a lively page-turner." --Vogue
"A cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner and a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner." --Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review
"Liane Moriarty serves up laughs, thrills, surprises." --Associated Press
"Each reveal is a delicious surprise...Nine Perfect Strangers is so well written and slyly constructed that it won't feel like enough." --Booklist
"This latest work from the author of Big Little Lies makes us cower, laugh, reflect, cry, and fall in love right alongside the characters." --Family Circle
"Can't wait for Season 2 of Big Little Lies? Satisfy your craving with Moriarty's new novel. At a remote health resort, nine people gather, eager for change. Despite the luxurious new-age comforts that surround them, each realizes that the next 10 days will be tougher than they could ever imagine. Things may not be what they seem in this addictive read." --Observer
"The wildly popular Big Little Lies author is back with another irresistible story that's both suspenseful and surprisingly funny." --AARP's The Girlfriend
"No one writes about the minutiae of women's lives with quite as much insight and pull as Moriarty, who wrote Big Little Lies, and yet again her slow-burning plotting leaves you gasping at the very end. I'm jealous of anyone who hasn't read this yet." --Grazia (UK)
"Liane Moriarty is simply unparalleled at infusing flawed characters with humor and heartbreak. Her singular brand of storytelling was most recently showcased when her bestselling novel Big Little Lies was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Nine Perfect Strangers is a worthy follow-up, offering an irresistible take on our wellness-obsessed culture, where the weirder the treatment, the better." --BookPage
"Nine Perfect Strangers has everything I look for in a Moriarty novel: colorful, relatable characters and a page-turning narrative infused with humor and warmth...a wise, wonderfully immersive read." --Augusta Chronicle
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"Like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic." --USA Today
"Mesmerizing." --Family Circle
"So, so good."--Jojo Moyes
"The ferocity that Ms. Moriarty brings...is shocking." --New York Times
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I love that literally Nine Strangers come together at a wellness resort... however as it’s a Liane Moriarty creation, there's a heap of secrets waiting to be revealed and unlike her other reads this was funny!
The premise is so unique, literally nine strangers head off to a health resort, hoping to return home different people. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives. The latest batch of arrivals get considerably more than the diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments they had signed up for...
There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty's story and I just simply can’t say much more without spoilers... however I have to say made me think twice about trying a health retreat!
This is a well wrought satire of health farms. The main character is a failing menopausal romance writer. This allows the story to have a full blown emotional tinge. The rest of the characters are stereotypes of perfection with failings as in a Greek tragedy. Even to the rescue.
I do not have a reason for the number of people being nine except it works. As does this book on many levels.
So here we follow the lives of nine strangers who have signed up for a ten-day health retreat run by an ex-corporate power woman who promises total transformation and healing. From the time the guests first arrive, we get to know some of the reasons that brought them here. As with her previous books, Moriarty is not afraid to tackle serious issues such as depression & suicide, marital discord, body image issues, aging, cultural differences etc., but she does so in such a sensitive manner that this story remains uplifting and hopeful despite the challenges and adversity our characters face. Halfway into the book, the story forays into the realm of psychological suspense as the nine strangers must face an unexpected turn of events. I love stories of random strangers thrown together and having to come to terms not only with a scary and threatening event or situations, but also the tension caused by different personalities. Moriarty, with her uncanny ability to bring out her characters’ deepest darkest secrets and her keen observation skills, tackles this aspect of the story particularly well.
Whilst I mentioned before that each character was relatable in their own unique way (which is a skill not often achieved), I most identified with Frances, who provided one of the main POVs in the story. Her refreshing and funny insights into life’s challenges made me laugh out loud many times, punching the air and hollering: Yes! Exactly! Whilst most of Frances' issues related to her age when she is reflecting on her life and career choices, a lot of topics referred to modern womanhood and its challenges. I loved the honest warts-and-all approach of being privy to all of Frances' thoughts, one of the things the author does so well.
I have heard that the movie rights to this book have already been sold, and -unpopular opinion alert – may be the only one not overly excited by this, as I have found in the past that a lot of Moriarty’s unique Aussie humour gets lost in translation. So do yourself a favour and read the book before the movie, because it is just so damn funny!
I devoured this hefty book in a couple of sessions – and loved every minute of it.
This story starts very well and of course takes a few unexpected twists but ... in the end it was just a bit too silly. I was expecting so much more. I was invested in several of the characters and there were some good story lines but - what happened?
It felt like the author had run out of time? Or ideas? Or something??
I doubt I'll be preordering the next book. I really don't want to be disappointed again so I will more likely wait to see whether it's another masterpiece I really want to own or just another book that can wait for the library.