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Nine Perfect Strangers : The #1 bestselling author of Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers

The #1 bestselling author of Big Little Lies


Published: 18th September 2018
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Published: 18th September 2018
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"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed..." – Jojo Moyes

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

"Mistress of the razor-sharp observation..." – Kate Morton

"Moriarty is brilliant at her craft, all the time cranking up the suspense." – The Age

Book Review
by Sarah McDuling

Like many people, my favourite Liane Moriarty book has always been Big Little Lies. A super popular bestseller even before it became a super popular TV show – Big Little Lies was the book responsible for propelling me into a feverish phase during which I devoured Moriarty’s entire back catalogue. Nine Perfect Strangers may well be my new favourite Liane Moriarty book, or at least tied for first place with Big Little Lies. I don’t know. Trying to rank these books is mentally exhausting – but suffice to say it’s a very close call.

With Nine Perfect Strangers, Moriarty has moved slightly away from the “domestic noir” genre. Sort of. This book thrums with suspense. It contains that same thrilling sense of mystery and discovery that I have come to associate with with this author – but at this same time it feels different from her previous novels. Maybe simply because this time the setting is not suburban? Or perhaps it’s the number of characters that Moriarty is juggling this time? Either way Nine Perfect Strangers achieved a rare and wondrous miracle for me. It felt fresh and new and totally surprising, while still delivering the same exact ‘Moriarty magic’ that I both wanted and expected.

Set in a remote health-and-wellness retreat, presided over by a very intriguing and charismatic guru figure, Nine Perfect Strangers introduces us to nine different characters with very little in common. Each has a compelling reason for coming to the retreat. Some seek healing while others wish to be transformed. Some have utterly heartbreaking backstories while others are running from embarrassments, mistakes, failures and fears.

These characters are to die for. Lovable, idiosyncratic and larger than life – I laughed and cried and wished and hoped and grieved alongside each and every one of them. As per usual, when it comes to Liane Moriarty’s keenly insightful writing, the characters are so well-crafted, nuanced and endearing that I felt a wrench of sorrow to part with them at the end of the book.

And the plot! Obviously it’s hard to discuss without giving away spoilers (which I promise I will not do!) but the plot of Nine Perfect Strangers takes some very interesting and unpredictable turns. This book is quite outrageous and totally unexpected in the best possible way. It’s a wild ride, outright hilarious at times, deeply poignant at others, and delightfully clever throughout.

There’s really nothing I like more than a story which gathers together an unlikely group of misfits who start out as strangers and end up forming unexpected bonds. This book does exactly that, with such amazing style and grace that I’m already looking forward to my first re-read.


Disappointing end to an average book


Was so looking forward to another great read from this author. This book was underwhelming and just downright silly toward the end. I gave it 3 stars as I must admit I enjoyed the first half and the characters were great however the way the storyline wound up was ridiculous.


I would recommend this book


I found the book intriguing, and love the way she knows her characters and brings about their interaction.



Just not sure ?


I just can't quite decide how I feel about this book. I will await other readers' views, perhaps, as the book has not been out very long. It is a big book, big pages....big ambitions I think, but not satisfactorily realised, for me. I feel as if I have been bulldozed into trying to like this book, by the sheer 'push' of the storyline. Oh well, love some, not sure about others.







Another great read from Moriarty


Her books never disappoint and this was another one you just can't put down. Exhausting at times as you are emotionally attached to so many characters but it made me want to finish it one sitting!



Not the author's best novel.


Although the story line was suspenseful I felt it was getting a little ridiculous as it continued. I have read all of this author's books and this one is my least favourite.



My wife loved this book. I don't read books.


my wife looks at the words and likes what they say.



Engaged and irritated


I have loved other Liane Moriarty books, though I have not read them all. This book I found irritating for its tone. Is it tongue in cheek coupled with sarcasm ? Or is it not quite fantasy with too much fantasy ? I liked all the characters and their stories while finding the situation they found themselves in neither credible nor intriguing. Great characters. Silly story line.



Great Read


I really enjoy Moriarty and this one does not disappoint



Very disappointed!


I'm usually a fan and had pre-ordered this book but was sorely disappointed with its ridiculous plot lines and characters. I found myself skipping the more absurd parts to get to the end but this in itself was trite.



Nine Perfect Strangers

3.8 10


Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of seven internationally best-selling novels, including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty.

The Husband's Secret has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to be translated into over 35 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.

With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Film and television rights were snapped up by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The series will screen in the first half of 2017.

Truly Madly Guilty also debuted at #1 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. Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a series of books for children.

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ISBN: 9781743534922
ISBN-10: 1743534922
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 18th September 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.62