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Nine Perfect Strangers

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by Liane Moriarty
Publication Date: 26/02/2019
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

The retreat at health and wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired bodies and minds.

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

With her wit, compassion and uncanny understanding of human behaviour, Liane Moriarty explores the depth of connection that can be formed when people are thrown together in... unconventional circumstances.



"She is...both hugely popular yet subversive...Nine Perfect Strangers shows Moriarty still taking risks with fiction...weighty issues writ with humour and a light touch. The hammer is still in the handbag, ready to smash a glass window or two." Lucy Sussex, The Australian

"Welcome to Tranquillum House where those Perfect Strangers ... have come to sort out their lives ...This gives Moriarty the opportunity to do what she does best, write about the human condition and connections that bind us all, with wicked humour, empathy and compassion - and a little bit of danger thrown in." Frances Whiting, Courier Mail


"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed..." Jojo Moyes

"Moriarty is a deft storyteller who creates believable, relatable characters." Washington Post

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

"funny and scary" Stephen King

"Sharply intelligent" Entertainment Weekly

"Mistress of the razor-sharp observation" Kate Morton
Contemporary fiction
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Pan Macmillan Australia
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Liane Moriarty

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.
Film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice. 
The Husband's Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and is set to be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 
With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Rights have been acquired by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who will both take roles in the TV production, scripted by David E Kelley, with HBO winning the screen rights after a battle with Netflix. 
Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children's book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy
Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • A hugely entertaining read

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    Nine Perfect Strangers is the eighth novel by best-selling Australian author, Liane Moriarty. Nine guests arrive at an exclusive, expensive health resort in rural NSW. There is a family of three, and a couple, so not all are strangers to one another; as well, two more are recognised by other guests from their public profiles; nor is any of them perfect (it would be a very short story if they were!)

    What they don’t realise is that they are the first group to undergo the radical new treatment plan the director has created, one which includes aspects that no small print or disclaimer has mentioned. Nor are all the resort’s staff one hundred percent on board.

    The range of characters is diverse: a newly-single mother of four who feels discarded; a gay family lawyer faced with a fatherhood dilemma; a divorced romance novelist whose career has stalled; a family plagued by grief and guilt; a couple plagued by too much money; and a disconnected grandfather who’s feeling his age.

    Tranquillum House is staffed by a paramedic and a PA, both turned wellness consultants, while the director is a former corporate executive determined to share the passion for wellness that her near-death experience ignited in her, years earlier. Masha (Maria) Dmitrichenko is beautiful, green-eyed and very charismatic, and easily able to deflect the scepticism and belligerence with which some of her guests arrive.

    With a mix of health drinks, yoga, exercise, fasting, and silence, and a ban on alcohol, junk food and electronic devices, Masha promises that “You will leave Tranquillum House feeling happier, healthier, lighter, freer…In ten days, you will not be the person you are now.” If that last statement ultimately proves true, it doesn’t happen the way anyone expects.

    There are multiple narrative strands covering the perspective of each of the guests as well as the staff and director of the resort. Many of the inner monologues are quite amusing, particularly the observations and assessments of fellow guests, and some of the chemically-enhanced chapters are truly hilarious, especially those of Lars and Frances. A hugely entertaining read with a twist that may have some reconsidering health retreat plans.
    This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Australia