- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Australia (18 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1743534922
- ISBN-13: 978-1743534922
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.7 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 197 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of eight internationally bestselling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number one New York Times bestsellers The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty and most recently Nine Perfect Strangers. Her books have sold over fourteen million copies worldwide, including two million in Australia and New Zealand.
Screen rights have been sold to all of Liane Moriarty's novels. A TV series is in development for Three Wishes, Nicole Kidman has bought the rights to The Last Anniversary, film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice and Heather Graham will star in an adaptation of The Hypnotist's Love Story.
The Husband's Secret was a number one UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over forty languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights with Blake Lively attached as lead actor and executive producer.
With Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and it has been adapted for television by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who also star in the series, scripted by David E Kelley. The first season of the HBO series of Big Little Lies was nominated for sixteen, and won five Emmy Awards, including 'Outstanding Limited Series' and 'Outstanding Lead Actress' for Nicole Kidman's role as Celeste.
Truly Madly Guilty also debuted at number one 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. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have also optioned the film rights to Truly Madly Guilty.
Nine Perfect Strangers, also a New York Times Top Ten Bestseller, and also optioned by Nicole Kidman, went straight to no. 1 in Australia and was the highest selling fiction title in 2018, resulting in the third year running that Liane Moriarty was the highest selling fiction author overall.
Liane has also written a children's book series, Nicola Berry and the Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, Nicola Berry and the Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and Nicola Berry and the Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy.
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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.