Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

November 20, 2018 Book review 5 ★★½

Bookworm trigger warning.  Sometimes even a favourite author can let you down.  I wish someone had reminded me of that before I read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane MoriartyNine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Published by Flatiron Books on November 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Womens Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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 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 most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person 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 her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.


My Thoughts on Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Ahh, this rating and less than stellar review breaks my heart. I love Liane Moriarty, but this book was too looney tunes for me. At times I thought I had fallen down a rabbit hole, cracked my head hard, and was hallucinating.

To break it down further, I’d rate the characters and the witty observations of life at 4 stars. So I enjoyed chunks of it, and it wasn’t a waste of time.

BUT, big but..

The plot lost me. Too far-fetched and way too ludicrous, I felt like “it” could never have escalated the way it did, without someone calling a halt. I just wanted the crazy to stop.

Damn, I longed to love this.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty?

People who like to hallucinate!  Or maybe just read my favourite book – What Alice Forgot– by this author instead.

About Liane Moriarty

Liane is a full-time author. She has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide and her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages.

She lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. When she’s not writing she can be found reading, demanding coffee, clutching her forehead and occasionally falling to her knees on the soccer field sidelines (the grief, the joy, the drama!)  demanding chocolate, skiing like she’s thirty years younger than she is, recovering from skiing injuries, doing the school run, walking around the block to avoid writer’s block, talking to old friends about getting old, listening to her children explain the wonders of MineCraft, watching TV series far too late into the night and reading, which has already been mentioned, but deserves a second mention.


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5 Responses to “Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty”

  1. Kathryn Trask

    Ah – interesting! I have it to read, and you make me open my eyes wide! At least I am warned and sometimes going in being warned does help to lower expectations and so help.

  2. Angela

    Oh, no, how disappointing! I wasn’t crazy about her last book and I was hoping for more. I’ll have to temper my expectations when I get to this one.

  3. Rita @ View From the Books

    I also enjoyed What Alice Forgot very much, but I’ll put enough stock into your review to keep away from this one. It does happen sometimes; a fave author tries a different writing approach and fails. Thanks for the warning.

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