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Nine Perfect Strangers Paperback – 26 February 2019
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From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Apples Never Fall.
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.
LONGLISTED FOR THE ABIA GENERAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION 2019
PRAISE FOR NINE PERFECT STRANGERS
inch 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. inch Lucy Sussex, The Australian
inch 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. inch Frances Whiting, Courier Mail
PRAISE FOR LIANE MORIARTY
inch One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed inch Jojo Moyes
inch Moriarty is a deft storyteller who creates believable, relatable characters. inch Washington Post
inch Moriarty is brilliant at her craft, all the time cranking up the suspense. inch The Age
inch funny and scary inch Stephen King
inch Sharply intelligent inch Entertainment Weekly
inch Mistress of the razor-sharp observation inch Kate Morton.
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The no. 1 bestseller from 2018 now available in B format.
- Publisher : Pan Australia (26 February 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1760781088
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760781088
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love that literally Nine Strangers come together at a wellness resort... however as it’s a Liane Moriarty creation, there's a heap of secrets waiting to be revealed and unlike her other reads this was funny!
The premise is so unique, literally nine strangers head off to a health resort, hoping to return home different people. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives. The latest batch of arrivals get considerably more than the diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments they had signed up for...
There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty's story and I just simply can’t say much more without spoilers... however I have to say made me think twice about trying a health retreat!
Each of them are looking for the kind of break that will provide all the necessary requirements for the ultimate rest and relaxation package, with no pressure to do anything other than heal and detox.
Each in turn discovers that an idyllic place in the country called Tranquillum House Health Resort has a ten day package which offers everything they hope for and more, from guided meditations and mindfulness, healthy meals, spa, massage, hiking and much more.
Tranquillum House promises to change their lives in ten days.
With relaxation and healing being the main focus of their luxury pamper offer, these nine strangers make their reservations with eager anticipation.
They are all about to embark on a journey which promises to change their lives in ways they could never imagine possible.
Although remote, being several hours drive from the city, initial impressions of Tranquillum House are positive. The house itself being a big beautifully appointed old country home on many acres with plush amenities and stunning views across the countryside. Everything is designed to make for a totally restful and relaxing stay.
Each guest in turn is suitably impressed with the potential of the next ten days spent here.
They all understand that they will be asked to participate in certain activities, such as meditation, yoga and possibly some fasting and so on..so when they are asked to surrender all of their electronic devices such as phones, laptops etc. they are a little resistant to the idea of temporarily having no communication with the outside world. However, they agree that it might be rewarding to have no interruptions to their peace for a short time.
Little do they know just how challenging the next ten days will be.
This story felt like the climb on a roller coaster, where you ascend slowly to the top, taking in the views and atmosphere on the way up, and then teetering on the top for some time before taking that inevitable plunge.
Is it all just a test of their commitment to this journey, or is it something more sinister? Are they all being held captive…or just captivated?
The story took some surprising twists and turns which this reader was not expecting at all, and didn’t guess at. All in all it was a very compelling read which was hard to put down.
Soon to be released as a television series, I decided to read read the book first, and am of the opinion now that it will make for good viewing. It will be interesting to see how far (if at all) they deviate from the original script.
Filmed on location at an actual Spa in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia, it is made by the same people that brought Big Little Lies to the big screen…which I thought was brilliant…this also looks promising and I look forward to watching.
*Due to be released on August 18th 2021.
This is a well wrought satire of health farms. The main character is a failing menopausal romance writer. This allows the story to have a full blown emotional tinge. The rest of the characters are stereotypes of perfection with failings as in a Greek tragedy. Even to the rescue.
I do not have a reason for the number of people being nine except it works. As does this book on many levels.
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It reads like a v v weak Agatha Christie. The characters are so obvious I almost predicted everybody's background and then as the events unfolded I began to laugh at it. How ridiculous and forced the health resort was and the character of Masha was almost comic.
Sorry Ms Moriarty.....' Can do better'