Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, 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 mindf...

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Nine Perfect Strangers Reviews

  • Sally Hepworth

    HER BEST YET.

    I said to my husband recently... I just love the way I feel when I’m reading a Liane Moriarty book. Like I'm surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends. And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat. As always, Liane's observations about life are just so damn spot on. Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang—Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao... even Masha—I adored them too. I sort of want

    HER BEST YET.

    I said to my husband recently... I just love the way I feel when I’m reading a Liane Moriarty book. Like I'm surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends. And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat. As always, Liane's observations about life are just so damn spot on. Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang—Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao... even Masha—I adored them too. I sort of wanted to go to that retreat ... and then I didn’t. I really didn't. The book is funny and sad and touching, and full of wisdom. All the feels. I feel so lucky to have read an early copy.

    Five stars.

  • Paromjit

    Liane Moriarty's latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better. The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably more than they bargained for with the

    Liane Moriarty's latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better. The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably more than they bargained for with their 10 day cleansing programme of diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments. It is run by the Russian Masha, a ruthlessly ambitious former company executive whose near death experience led to a complete change in her life direction. Masha had a dark and hidden agenda for her latest customers, driven by the best of intentions, supported by her primary staff members, Yao, and Delilah.

    Twice married Frances Welty is an established writer of romances whose career has gone into freefall with her latest offering being rejected by the publishing industry and whose boyfriend, Paul Drabble, has disappeared. Ben and Jessica are a troubled married couple who appear to be remarkably well off. Napoleon is a schoolteacher, with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Zoe, the entire family weighed down by grief and guilt. Tony is a former star footballer, who has recently lost his beloved dog, Banjo. Carmel has lost her husband to a younger woman, has four children, and has lost her self esteem and confidence. Lars is a well heeled divorce lawyer, who only represents wives in his word of mouth law practice. As the story progresses, the backstories and issues that lie behind each individual comes to be slowly revealed. The narcissistic, remote and humourless Masha has plans for them which she is certain will truly transform their lives and which will presage a glorious and glittering future with her in the limelight, enjoying global acclaim.

    There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty's story of madness and mayhem at a health resort, where people with little in common with each other find themselves in circumstances where they form unexpected bonds and undergo unexpected transformations. The characters are well drawn and distinct, beautifully developed, all with such high hopes for their short stay at Tranquillem House, their interactions with each other are a joy to hehold. There are heartbreaking stories behind some of the characters, including Masha, that become apparent by the end. I found it hard to resist Moriarty's magic and succumbed to this fabulous novel with absolutely no regrets. A fantastic read with plenty of suspense and tension that comes highly recommended. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  • Brenda

    Frances Welty, popular romance writer who'd just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty-five years of age. The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort (which was expensive), had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney. Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic (in the film with Leonard

    Frances Welty, popular romance writer who'd just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty-five years of age. The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort (which was expensive), had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney. Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic (in the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; which made Frances smile) – perhaps she might enjoy it after all.

    Meeting the other eight guests – Carmel, Tony, Lars, Napolean and his wife Heather and daughter Zoe, Jessica and her husband Ben – felt strange. But even stranger was the fact the course started with five days of silence. Not a word to be spoken; no eye contact – five days! Frances knew that would be difficult. Within that period, there were meditation classes, walking, massage therapy, smoothies and meals, plus free time to swim in the luxurious pool. All to be done in silence.

    But each and every guest had a secret – and who were the people in charge of the resort? Were the guests comfortable with all that was happening to them? Some were – some most definitely weren’t…

    is the latest by Aussie author Liane Moriarty and wow! How different, how intriguing, how bizarre – how fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and even with it being almost 500 pages, I flew through it. I can see this one being made into a movie – it would be fantastic on the big screen. I have no hesitation in recommending

    highly, and wish to thank Pan Macmillan Australia for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.

  • NZLisaM

    I was expecting the

    to be strangers to each other but this wasn’t the case. Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members – father, mother, and their 20 year old daughter, while the remaining four were indeed strangers – two male, two female. Of course, the title does have a deeper, cl

    I was expecting the

    to be strangers to each other but this wasn’t the case. Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members – father, mother, and their 20 year old daughter, while the remaining four were indeed strangers – two male, two female. Of course, the title does have a deeper, cleverer meaning that I am of course not going to reveal. The fact that some were related did make it admittedly easier to keep the various characters straight, as there were thirteen POV’s – made up of the nine guests, three core staff, and one other (no spoilers!), so quite a few voices to keep up with.

    isn’t a thriller, crime, or mystery novel, and while there are moments of psychological suspense, there are not enough of them to bill it as that either. To be fair the back of the book doesn’t mention any of the above genres, but because that’s what I’ve come to expect from

    even though I did quite like this, at the same time I couldn’t help feeling disappointed. I would call it contemporary, chick-lit – a light, entertaining, amusing romp, that would make an excellent beach read. I would even go as far as to call it a parody, as it does poke fun at itself several times, and the silliness towards the end screams deliberate. The characters were all interesting, and their reasons for attending a health retreat were moving, emotional, touching real world, relatable issues. The back of the book lists the following words – shame, guilt, loss, grief, privilege, insecurity, addiction, identity, love – and I think that sums up the novel nicely. So, all in all, it was well done, but I would’ve preferred it to be crime, psychological suspense.

  • Veronica ⭐️

    I absolutely devoured Big Little Lies! I love how Liane Moriarty starts a story all sweet with likeable characters, then slowly a foreboding veil comes across the story and people’s dark side begins to emerge changing a good story into a compelling story.

    Nine people book into a health resort, Tranquillum House, ready to be transformed into a better, thinner, healthier version of their former self.

    A washed up romance novelist, a family broken by tragedy, a

    I absolutely devoured Big Little Lies! I love how Liane Moriarty starts a story all sweet with likeable characters, then slowly a foreboding veil comes across the story and people’s dark side begins to emerge changing a good story into a compelling story.

    Nine people book into a health resort, Tranquillum House, ready to be transformed into a better, thinner, healthier version of their former self.

    A washed up romance novelist, a family broken by tragedy, a has-been football star, a young couple whose marriage is faltering, the wife who has been left for a newer model and the lawyer who has commitment issues. Nine perfect strangers all broken in their own way looking for a make-over, a rejuvenation.

    Then there is Maria (Masha) Dmitrichenko, a Russian immigrant. Masha, the director of Tranquillum House, is a transformation zealot – enlightenment for all. These nine guests are to be the first to start her new regime. Their destinies are in her hands. She is going to change these people, not just temporarily, but forever.

    I wasn’t sure where this story was going to go. But.....the way it went was never in my wildest dreams what I imagined.

    Moriarty’s ability to bring out the small idiosyncrasies in each person is extraordinary. She slowly dissects each character, their thoughts, fears and hopes are revealed through her writing. It was easy to see something of yourself in these everyday people.

    Moriarty has written a novel that delves into the human mind and the way we think and connect with each other, showing an intricate observation of human failings and frailties.

    The story had my emotions reeling. I could feel empathy for the characters and sadness over their different circumstances. But a sudden shift in the story had my anger rising, which shows how real the characters and the story felt to me. With Moriarty you never know what could possibly happen next.

    Nine Perfect Strangers is a roller coaster of a read with beautifully developed characters full of insecurities, false bravado and completely relatable. Once you start reading this book it will be hard to put down!

  • Sonja Arlow

    The day I got this book I had to practice utmost restraint not to start reading at 10am. I work for myself, so it was really difficult.

    I don’t read a lot of chick lit but there are two authors I will make an exception for every time, and

    is one of them.

    The whole experience was just plain FUN.

    Nine strangers get together for a 10-day health retreat, one that promises to be transformative beyond their wildest dreams. Some are there for weightloss, others for stress relief and some ar

    The day I got this book I had to practice utmost restraint not to start reading at 10am. I work for myself, so it was really difficult.

    I don’t read a lot of chick lit but there are two authors I will make an exception for every time, and

    is one of them.

    The whole experience was just plain FUN.

    Nine strangers get together for a 10-day health retreat, one that promises to be transformative beyond their wildest dreams. Some are there for weightloss, others for stress relief and some are not even able to admit to themselves why exactly they are there. Each character is introduced with their own back story and as always, they leap off the page.

    From ethereal beauty Marsha, the owner, down to frumpy Carmel that will do anything to have another body. I particularly liked Frances and I am sure she will be favourite for most readers. And yes, the book is funny and frivolous but it also had some very poignant moments.

    I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to take enjoyment away from future readers. Suffice to say if you want a mini holiday in your head, go read this!

  • Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    I admit, this is only my second Liane Moriarty book.  I read

    back in 2016 and I enjoyed it, but I wasn't totally blown away. Back then I promised myself that I would read more of her books, so when I saw this at the shops I decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did! I thought it was better than Truly Madly Guilty and I really enjoyed the characters and story.

    Nine people seeking relaxation and change go along to a health retreat. Each of them want to get away for ten days and trans

    I admit, this is only my second Liane Moriarty book.  I read

    back in 2016 and I enjoyed it, but I wasn't totally blown away. Back then I promised myself that I would read more of her books, so when I saw this at the shops I decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did! I thought it was better than Truly Madly Guilty and I really enjoyed the characters and story.

    Nine people seeking relaxation and change go along to a health retreat. Each of them want to get away for ten days and transform their lives for their own reasons. However, the owner and operator of the retreat has something quite unique in store for them...

    I am actually having trouble fitting this book into a particular genre. Its not quite a thriller, its not quite a romance, its not quite an action story, or a comedy even though it has some funny moments. I guess I will just have to class it as "fiction".

    What appealed to me about this book was the ten-day meditation and mindfulness retreat story line. I have done two completely silent ten day meditation courses, however it was not a "pampering" experience. It was extremely mentally demanding and exhausting at times. But the experiences that I had there have remained with me throughout the years and I was interested to see where she was going to take it. I felt some similarities occasionally with the characters and their journeys throughout the novel but then WOW it took a bit of a turn there!

    The characters are all original and complex, with their own unique personalities and idiosyncrasies. I really enjoyed getting to know them gradually as the story went on, examining their backgrounds and what brought them to the retreat.

    It was not all fun and relaxation, these people have difficult, and sometimes tragic pasts and I enjoyed all of their stories, even the heartbreaking ones.

    What I was expecting to happen was NOT where the story went at all! I was surprised, but not at all disappointed with where it went.

    I really enjoy how Moriarty gives away the story slowly. Piece by piece it unravels and the characters transform into people you didn't quite expect them to be.

    I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. I would have preferred a bit of something more. But overall it was a great read! No doubt she is a brilliant author. I have got to get to some of her others!

    Yes, I really enjoyed it! I loved all the characters and I didn't mind that it went off in a bizarre and interesting direction. I actually thought it worked really well and I enjoyed not knowing what was coming! It was well worth the read!

  • Vanessa

    A slow starter halfway through and it wasn’t grabbing me then BAM, things started to happen...but seriously how does she do it!? Get into the heads of her characters, like she has a window into the thought patterns of people. It’s uncanny and it’s such a skilled craft! If nothing else I’m obsessed with the way that she uncovers her characters individual foibles and indiosyncracies in the most amusing and hilarious ways poking fun at so many common cliches and stereotypes it’s hard not to snigger

    A slow starter halfway through and it wasn’t grabbing me then BAM, things started to happen...but seriously how does she do it!? Get into the heads of her characters, like she has a window into the thought patterns of people. It’s uncanny and it’s such a skilled craft! If nothing else I’m obsessed with the way that she uncovers her characters individual foibles and indiosyncracies in the most amusing and hilarious ways poking fun at so many common cliches and stereotypes it’s hard not to snigger along at the characters expense but all light heartedly of course! In all her characters there is always something to relate to even if intially you find nothing in common from the outer. Anyway I have no plans to discuss the plot, read this if your already a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, if not then this book won’t change your mind. I can state I don’t care so much for plot when reading her books I just enjoy the journey getting there. It’s always entertaining.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

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    ‘She’s back’ exclaims the front cover of my proof copy of Nine Perfect Strangers, the latest release from household name and bestselling author Liane Moriarty. If you don’t know who Liane Moriarty is I might mistake you for living under a rock! She is one of Australia’s greatest exports, gracing the illusive New York Times bestseller list many times over. She also has close ties to Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to the HBO s

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    ‘She’s back’ exclaims the front cover of my proof copy of Nine Perfect Strangers, the latest release from household name and bestselling author Liane Moriarty. If you don’t know who Liane Moriarty is I might mistake you for living under a rock! She is one of Australia’s greatest exports, gracing the illusive New York Times bestseller list many times over. She also has close ties to Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to the HBO series Big Little Lies which is based on Moriarty’s most well known book. So it is safe to say the anticipation bar for Nine Perfect Strangers was set high for me and many readers. Thankfully I am happy to report Moriarty’s eighth novel is one entertaining page turner!

    In Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty takes a slight departure from her popular domestic setting and moves her action to a rural location. Tranquillum House is a health and well resort, nestled in country NSW. This retreat offers a complete transformation experience, a total wellness overhaul. When nine discordant strangers descend on Tranquillum for its renowned ten day package, each has their own reasons and goals to achieve during their time at the resort. To support them during their time is the centre director, a woman with plenty of motivation to keep these nine people on their toes during their time at Tranquillum. But this ten day stay is turned on its head, quite literally, when something big transpires, altering the pathway of each of these guests.

    I recently read an interview with Liane Moriarty where she discusses the inspiration behind her latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers. Moriarty cites a personal interest in the public’s fascination and perhaps preoccupation with wellness retreats, our desire to attain a sense of spirituality and our obsession with self improvement. In some cases, the public can view these wellness centres as a kind of religion. I liked Moriarty’s motivation and her willingness to delve into a world that perhaps we do not know a lot about. I know I personally have never visited a health retreat, so this story was an eye-opener! Moriarty’s new novel sends a jeer in the way of these seductive resorts and our preoccupation with wellness. It is a scathing at times, insightful and a scintillating glimpse into the world of health retreats.

    As we have come to expect with Moriarty’s novels, going on the back of the highly successful previous novels, Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, the characterisation is top notch in Nine Perfect Strangers. Moriarty spends a lot of time laying down the foundations and her scaffolding technique works. We soon build a solid picture of each and every one of the nine perfect strangers. There are a good cross section of players in this novel, from instant millionaires, to success stories, families and more. Moriarty also excels in her ability to show us both sides of the spectrum in this business, we see the workers and owners, as well as the patrons of this enterprise. It is fascinating! Each individual has their own unique journey, but they all converge and come to a head during the life changing stay at Tranquillum.

    Although at times the approach to the main subject matter and themes features in Nine Perfect Strangers is humourous and almost whimsical, buried underneath this facade are some serious themes. Moriarty uses Nine Perfect Strangers as a tool to expose issues such as guilt, loss, broken relationships, family politics, self image, wealth and reconciliation. When we think deeper about these issues, they are the everyday problems that ordinary people face in their day-to-day lives. Perhaps this is why Moriarty has such widespread appeal. It is her ability to focus on the normal aspects of human life, in such an accessible and dark humourous way.

    Moriarty is quite the plotter and she has quite the directive edge. There are a few plot twists and turns towards to end of the novel, that even now after finishing this book over a week ago, I am not entirely sure how I felt about the finale explosive big reveal. I find myself in a quandary as I am unable to discuss this aspect without venturing in spoiler territory. However, I have had the opportunity to discuss the pivotal final scenes of Nine Perfect Strangers with another respected author and like-minded reader. Our thoughts on this aspect of the novel were aligned. There is a kind of anti climax feeling attached to this part of the novel. I felt it and she did too. However, we both agreed that Moriarty is a fabulous storyteller and her characterisation is second to none!

    In all probability, Nine Perfect Strangers will hit the spot for Moriarty fans, it is one cloak and dagger tale that will have you mesmerised from the opening, through to that explosive ending!

    *Thanks extended to Pan Macmillan for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

    Nine Perfect Strangers, is book #124 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge

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