Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: November 06, 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Contemporary
Goodreads Average: 3.59 *as of 12/25/18*
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.
While Nine Perfect Strangers isn’t my favorite Liane Moriarty book to date, I still really enjoyed it!
What it’s about: Nine people ((perfect strangers!)) all meet at a health resort called Tranquillum House. They are coming from all different circumstances and are all ages. We have the Marconi family which consists of Napoleon, Heather and their daughter Zoe; Frances a romance novel writer; Ben and his wife Jessica; Carmel a divorced mom of 4 girls; Lars, a regular guest of health resorts; and Tony, divorced and at Tranquillum House for weight loss. The overbearing owner of the health resort, Masha, has some unorthodox approaches to how they should reach their goals at the retreat. Filled with humor and drama, Nine Perfect Strangers is a glimpse into what these 9 people share at Tranquillum House and beyond.
I’m not gonna lie, for quite a large chunk of the book I was wondering if something was going to happen since the pacing is a bit slow, but it ended up picking up and getting downright hilarious. I have never been to a health resort, but I can only imagine I wouldn’t like it unless I was with Frances. She was my favorite character in the book and quite funny. I have always liked how Moriarty writes her characters, and how different they always are. There is a wonderful mix of characters in Nine Perfect Strangers and bound to be at least someone you will like.
Nine Perfect Strangers is not as funny as What Alice Forgot which is my favorite novel from Moriarty so far, but there are a couple parts that had me laughing out loud so much that I scared my cats. I was stuck at a 3.5 for a bit due to the pace, but one extremely funny part plus the ending turned things around and made this a solid 4 for me.
Final Thought: I think Nine Perfect Strangers will still please many Moriarty fans, but it might not be everyone’s favorite. The pacing was definitely on the slower side, and I didn’t think it was as funny as other books from her I have read. Overall it was an enjoyable read and even though the pace was slow, it still read very quickly. I would recommend checking this book out if you are a Moriarty fan. I love authors that can switch things up, and even after reading 2 books from Moriarty that have a slow build up (which isn’t always my favorite), I will continue to read all her new material because I love the experience I have with her books.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5