Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
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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.
This book is so different than the authors previous books. What I liked about her other books; Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty, is the fact that she was able to weave a mundane issue into something extravagant. Nine Perfect Strangers barely fell within this pattern though and I found myself somewhat disappointed. One of the main things I kept thinking to myself while reading is “what’s the point of the book”. It seemed to wander aimlessly and felt more like a character study than a book with a rich and interesting plot. Admittedly, when I got to the end I did find the plot interesting (you know, when you look back AFTER you finally gain an understanding of the book) but there was nothing in the middle of the story (or beginning for that matter) that truly grabbed me. I don’t want to give too much away but I felt like this was more of a book about a spiritual journey than a women’s fiction. It was very odd.
You may wonder why then I even finished the book or gave it 3 stars of higher. First, the book and the way the author writes these characters is phenomenal. I honestly felt like I got to know these characters on a personal level and was never once confused as to who was who. You would think that 9 characters but the secondary characters would become confusing but it wasn’t. Secondly, this book is character DRIVEN. So the fact that I would connect with them and feel as if I were a part of their journey worked well for how it was written. I really can’t say anything bad about the writing quality. Finally, the ending was a bit twisty (just as I would expect from the author) and it made me feel like the book was worth reading even though I felt myself getting bored in the middle. That’s why my rating will sit right in the middle. It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t horrible either.
If you are a fan of the authors work I would recommend this one to you. However, you may want to wait until the price goes down or the book goes on sale. I don’t believe it was worth the amount I paid for it ($17 for a hardcover) nor do I think it’s worth $15 in eBook. It is an interesting read though for those looking for something a bit different.