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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

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.

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Great read

5

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

Sydney

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Captivating Book

5

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

Central Coast NSW

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Waste of time extremely dissapointing

1

This book was so disappointing. It goes from boring to out right ridiculous. The characters are ok but the unbelievable storyline spoils it. A waste of time.

Sydney

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Would not recomment to a youner audience

4

The writing style is great, you get really involved in the story and easy reading get you going. The point about drugs and the promotion of their use - that's what I found difficult to deal with.

Melbourne

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Thus book is rubbish.

1

This book is ridiculous. Don't waste your time or money. Shame !!

Brisbane

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What a pleasure to read

5

Could not put this book down, first book I have read of Liane's and loved every minute of it will be buying all of hers.

Benalla

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Soooooooooooooo disappointed

3

I have been a devotee of Leanne since I read Big Little Lies. It was one of the most heart warming and yet amusing books I have ever read. She has a wonderful ability to really understand what makes various personalities tick. I have read all of her books and experienced a huge sense of disappointment when I have read the final page of each of them. I have loved reading every one of them. There seemed to be a really really long gap between her 7th book and Nine Perfect Strangers. I felt like a child waiting for my birthday to come around..........the book release seemed to hold back for ever. I was very excited when FINALLY I was able to purchase the long awaited book. In true Leanne style it created some very interesting personalities and initially was a good read but then (excuse the pun) I really thought she lost the plot. The administration of drugs without permision, being locked in a room and then the fake fire was a huge disappointment for me. It was totally unbelievable. As previously mentioned I was such a huge fan and thought that maybe "it was just me" who did not like it. It was therefore reassuring to read some other people's reviews who shared my opinion. Hopefully Leanne's next book will be in her former style.

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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Great Author

5

Book was a gift for my mother. She has enjoyed the read. We like the authors work & have all her books.

western australia

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Very topical

3

I enjoyed this book the more I read. Surprise ending. Thank you

Melbourne

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Disappointing

3

Loved "The Husbands Secret" and "Big Little Lies" so was looking forward to this latest book. Did not finish, but skipped to the end to see how it ends. Found it boring, unbelievable and did not engage me. The first half was ok learning about the characters, but the story deteriorated and became downright uninteresting and ridiculous and padded out.

Melbourne

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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

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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