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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  160,270 ratings  ·  17,096 reviews
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?

These 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
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Hardcover, 453 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Flatiron Books (first published September 18th 2018)
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Heidi Lane It's about nothing. Absolutely nothing! Follow 9 people as they spend a week in a spa. Hear their lives after the spa retreat. The end. Crap book with…moreIt's about nothing. Absolutely nothing! Follow 9 people as they spend a week in a spa. Hear their lives after the spa retreat. The end. Crap book with no story line.(less)
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Namastay away from this book.

Ok I tried... but I had to put down this books at 56%. Even the audiobook couldn't help me finish it.

This book was shit. There I said it.

I don't say this often nor lightly but this book had zero redeeming qualities. Having read and loved Big Little Lies (a bit to my surprise!), I was excited to read Moriarty's newest work.

In BLL, her characters were attaching and made me care about their stories. In this one, I'm assuming she meant for the characters to not be so
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Sally Hepworth
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HER BEST YET.

I said to my husband recently... I just love the way I feel when I’m reading a Liane Moriarty book. Like I'm surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends. And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat. As always, Liane's observations about life are just so damn spot on. Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang—Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao... even Masha—I adored them too. I sort of
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Larry H
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, rounded up.

Ugh. This one really fell flat for me.

The idea of self-improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it?

That's what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia. They're coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they've become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that
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lucky little cat
Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate-dipped gherkin.


Watch out for the green stuff.

I'm a Liane Moriarty fan. But this latest book is a mess. It's being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that's really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense. The book's mission isn't really to surprise: instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag. Unfortunately, by the end you won't have found out one darned thing you didn't
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Paromjit
Liane Moriarty's latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better. The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerably more than they bargained for with ...more
Renny Barcelos
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never, ever thought I'd say this about a Liane Moriarty novel but...what a terrible, boring, pointless novel!

I really disliked this one. Couldn't wait for it to be over, actually. It was so boring and also claustrophobic at the same time, giving me a sense of desperation for these people to just be set free already. For the life of me I could not understand what the purpose of this book was. It didn't even sound like a Moriarty.

I am still a fan of the author and will for sure give her another
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Mackey
Seriously, I don't know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it. Half way through I was done with it...but, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated.

There are 10-11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view. It wasn't confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn't like. Even the epilogue went on....and on.....and on. Perhaps if it had been
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Julie
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication.

Frances- former bestselling romance author- ironically the victim of a romance con/scam
Lars- divorce attorney representing women only
Tony- former professional sports star
Napoleon, Heather, and Zoe- family coming apart at the seams
Caramel- Husband dumped her for a younger woman- wants to lose weight – gain positive self -image
Ben and Jessica – marriage on the rocks after winning the lottery
Masha- Head guru- health spa owner
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Norma * Traveling Sister ~ Semi-hiatus for now until I fully get my reading/reviewing hat on! 😂 I’m almost there! 💕
Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive & an irresistible page-turner!

“It’s just a story!” ......and oh boy what a story it was!

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought-provoking and yet so humourous to read. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of these quirky characters. I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times
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Holly  B
This book was a barrel of fun!

I mean really ~ nutty, quirky, and just hilarious.

I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking. Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a "cleanse" and do a bit of recharging. They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them. Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak. At one point Masha tells her guests, "This is a health resort, not a
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Vanessa
A slow starter halfway through and it wasn’t grabbing me then BAM, things started to happen...but seriously how does she do it!? Get into the heads of her characters, like she has a window into the thought patterns of people. It’s uncanny and it’s such a skilled craft! If nothing else I’m obsessed with the way that she uncovers her characters individual foibles and indiosyncracies in the most amusing and hilarious ways poking fun at so many common cliches and stereotypes it’s hard not to snigger ...more
Lisa
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nine Perfect Strangers wasn’t the fun, fast read I was hoping for. The characters who check into the Tranquillum Spa are all weighted down with sad baggage. The first half of the novel details their past woes. I kept reading because I found a couple of the characters likable and the central character, Frances, quite endearing. Then there is a pivotal, ludicrous event which is just a vehicle for more unloading of emotional baggage. This book felt unbearably long. I skimmed the last couple hundred ...more
Debbie
UPDATE June 2019: They ARE making this into a TV series (or maybe a movie?)! No date given yet, but Nicole Kidman is cast as the spa director. Hot dog!

4.5

No snack stashes allowed! (But I’m still rounding up)


If I went to a health spa and they confiscated my phone and secretly raided my suitcase for snack stashes, I’d think WTF? What did I sign up for? Those snacks were there for a reason. And the phone, oh dear. As Moriarty writes, ““How was she going to cope for ten days without instant answers
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Namaste .
.... or me kicking a flat tire - over and over and over again wishing it wasn’t flat!!!!
I JUST NOW LOST THE FIRST 70% of this review while trying to copy it from my notes to the Goodreads site.
I tried a dozen times to magically make it reappear.
Not happening.
Love spending my wheels - ‘not’ getting other needed things done!

A quick reprise ...
At the start we meet Yao... he’s a training paramedic.
On his third day out he meets a middle-age woman who had fallen out of a chair.
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Trish at Between My Lines
Ahh, this rating 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
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don't notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, 'How did I get here?' But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences.

This book is weird, because it’s sort of a meta-thriller-character-exploration that has no genre and hates genre convention, and what’s perhaps even weirder is that um… this is Liane Moriarty’s brand now.

I find it really
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Veronica ⭐️
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I absolutely devoured Big Little Lies! I love how Liane Moriarty starts a story all sweet with likeable characters, then slowly a foreboding veil comes across the story and people’s dark side begins to emerge changing a good story into a compelling story.

Nine people book into a health resort, Tranquillum House, ready to be transformed into a better, thinner, healthier version of their former self.

A washed up romance novelist, a family broken by tragedy, a
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Sometimes it’s just a matter of the right book at the right time! This audiobook was just what I was looking for and I spent much of the time listening to it on a beach while often laughing to myself.

I really enjoyed Big Little Lies and I wondered how this one would compare. Ms. Moriarty has a way of developing characters that I learned to find a bond with, even though they were all very different. The novel is told from multiple points of view and yet the audiobook flowed seemlessly between the
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Liz
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

I am not a consistent Liane Moriarty fan. I’ve loved some, others not so much. So, I had no idea which side I’d come down to on Nine Perfect Strangers. I will say initially it took me a while to wrap my head around all the different characters.

I thought the idea of a strict health resort made for an interesting setting. I mean, it made me ponder whether I could handle not just the clean living and digital hiatus, but total silence for 5 days.

Moriarty has a dry sense of
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Sarah
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first Liane Moriarty novel - I was intrigued by this one after the hype surrounding Big Little Lies. This may not be indicative of the quality of her other novels, but I found this to be cliched, predictable and ridiculous.

The story focuses on the nine strangers of the title who sign up for a kind of health cleanse at a spa, situated in a remote part of Australia. We quickly learn that something is amiss, and that these people are part of an experience more bizarre and in some ways sinister
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JanB
If you like snarky humor, as I do, then you’ll find much to enjoy here. I appreciate an author who can write subtle satire and I loved the wit of the author and the sly digs into self-important authors, the publishing industry, our obsession with age, appearance and ‘wellness’, and the psycho-babble of some spirituality gurus.

Nine people arrive at the resort, Tranquillion House, for a 10 day stay, looking for R&R and pampering along with transformation. Some are looking for weight loss and a
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Katie B
I have to say I was disappointed in this one as it didn't really work on any level for me. I wish I was better at giving up on books that aren't holding my interest but I find it so difficult when it's an author whose previous books I have really enjoyed.

Nine people arrive at a health spa and each person has their own reason for choosing to stay there. While the spa has plenty of amenities it is also a place that is known to challenge its guests in order for them to get the most out of their
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Lucie
This one started out strong... (OF COURSE... it's Liane Moriarty), but it didn't stay strong and frankly, could've been better. It was okay. Definitely not her best.

This one is written in the way so many are these days, where the narrative switches from one character to another with each short chapter. But in this case, there are NINE characters staying at the health resort, with NINE different narratives, plus another 3 or 4 characters who run the resort, who are also weighing in with their
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Liz Barnsley
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to give this one 5* for pure enjoyment levels. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much at the same time as being made to consider life so much whilst reading a book.

A weirdly wonderful group of utter stranger's all rock up to a 10 day wellness retreat, all looking for different answers, all hoping to come out the other side all brand new. Well be careful what you wish for is all I'll say...

This group dynamic is pure dynamite as we slowly get to know this motley crew and their
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Brenda
Frances Welty, popular romance writer who'd just felt her first rejection, had thought her career and future were assured at fifty-five years of age. The impulsive booking at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort (which was expensive), had her questioning her own decisions on the long and tiring drive from Sydney. Her arrival showed her a beautiful old home built in the 1800s, renovated to within an inch of its life, with a staircase reminiscent of the Titanic (in the film with ...more
NZLisaM
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nine, worn-down-by-life, strangers, sign-up for an exclusive ten-day, mind and body total transformation retreat, but end up getting much more than they bargained for!

I was expecting the Nine Perfect Strangers to be strangers to each other but this wasn’t the case. Two were a married couple, while a further three were family members – father, mother, and their 20 year old daughter, while the remaining four were indeed strangers – two male, two female. Of course, the title does have a deeper,
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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‘She’s back’ exclaims the front cover of my proof copy of Nine Perfect Strangers, the latest release from household name and bestselling author Liane Moriarty. If you don’t know who Liane Moriarty is I might mistake you for living under a rock! She is one of Australia’s greatest exports, gracing the illusive New York Times bestseller list many times over. She also has close ties to Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, thanks to the HBO
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Zoeytron
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An expensive ten-day retreat at an out-of-the-way spa for nine individuals. A health and wellness experience promising personal transformation, spiritual awakening, soul cleansing. No phones, no TV, no screens of any sort. Likewise, alcohol, junk food, sugar, books (!), etc. are verboten.You are assured of being a completely different person when you finish the course. Before it is over, the exercise will morph into something else entirely.

In looking at my GR friends' reviews, I see we are all
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Nadia
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
I'm an old Liane Moriarty fan and even though I like some of her books more than others, she never disappoints with her interesting unforgetable cast of characters. In Nine Perfect Strangers we are introduced to a remarkable cast. Frances, a romance novelist whose career has come to a halt when her latest novel has been rejected. Ben and Jessica, a young married couple whose marriage suffered after winning a lottery, or the Macroni family whose life stopped 3 years ago marked by a horrific ...more
Felicia
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I accidentally deleted my review and I don't keep copies of my reviews

So here's an abbreviated version:

I loved it

K. Bye.
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has
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“Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don't notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, 'How did I get here?' But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences.” 18 likes
“He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it. The secret of a happy marriage was not to go looking for it.” 15 likes
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