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Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

Paperback Published: 18th September 2018
ISBN: 9781743534922
Number Of Pages: 512

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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.


Disappointingly her worst yet


This was an awful book. I usually love this author, but wonder if the sucess of her earlier novel (translated to TV) with big names, pressed her to push this one out? It was top 10 worst books I've read, unlikable characters, bad plotline, ill informed knowledge of the topic. May be the worst book I have ever read. I was SO disappointed as I usually like this author (except Three Wishes, that was silly) I only ever use the books as international flight reading, but this last one was so ridiculous I had to say something

Northern Rivers


Disappointing Read


This book held my interest until about halfway through when the plot seemed to be going nowhere and I cared less and less about the characters. As I persevered the plot line just became sillier and I couldn't finish it which is something I rarely do no matter how bad the book. I skipped through pages to the end just to find out the end result.



If this wasn't Liane Moriarty, I would have returned it!


I usually love her books-this was really bad-ridiculous story.



Pacey and humorous read


Characterisation at its best



Boring - unrealised expectations


After Big Little Lies TV which really brought an otherwise boring suburban drama story alive, thanks to fabulous cast and direction and beautiful location of the Monteray area, this new novel promised to be something a lot more given the rights of the stories by the Author purchased by Ms Kidman. However it was a tedious read, not at all compelling and soo painfully predictable I was grateful to turn the final page and close the book. Uninteresting characters, expected plot outcomes and ridiculous cliché of a Russian character. Good on Author though for finding yet another populist market and audience. Well done.





I've read all Liane Moriarty's books and once again I was captivated. The character development is fantastic and it is apparent how much work and research goes into creating such vivid imagery for each chapter. HIGHLY recommended!



Liane Moriarty delivers riveting entertainment, again!


Thoroughly enjoyed Liane Moriarty's latest creation.








Great read


Really enjoyed this book, found it hard to put down. Good characters and believable plot. Love the twist at the end.



Captivating Book


Sad the language & blaspheme were abundant, but overall, once past that, I loved this book

Central Coast NSW


Nine Perfect Strangers

3.4 31


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): 0.63

Liane Moriarty

About the Author

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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