Nine Perfect Strangers – Book Review

Title:- Nine Perfect Stranger

Author:- Liane Moriarty

No. of pages:- 464 pages

Date published:- November 6th 2018

Publisher:- Flatiron Books

Genre:- Domestic Thriller

Rating:- 3/5 stars

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“If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.” ―Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

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.

Content Warning:- Suicide, Depression,

No offense, I love Liane Moriarty’s books, my favorites being My Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies, which made me want to read nearly all of her books. Nine Perfect Strangers seem to have a good plot line–nine strangers visit a health resort known as Tranquillum House with a view to improve their lifestyle. Nine strangers involve Frances, a famous romance novelist who recently got scammed and whose latest book was a flop, Tony a former football player, Lars, a handsome divorce lawyer with relationship issues, Carmen who thinks she is fat that was why her ex husband left for another woman, Jessica and Ben, a couple who try to work on their marriage and a family, Napoleon, Heather and Zoe who are overcoming grief of the death of Zach, Zoe’s twin brother. There’s also Masha, a psychotic Russian woman who owns the resort place along with two assistants, Yao and Delilah.

The first few chapters were really interesting and I was like wow, page turned, unputdownable and Moriarty has done it again. But by the middle of the book, it got boring–literally so boring that I had to skim through the book. But by then, we started getting to know the characters very well by the second part of the book. I have to say, I really do like the plot but then the author kind of lost her way by the middle of the book.

This book in my opinion is not really an unputdownable thriller sort of thing–or had me gasped especially when I was reading My Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies with all those twists and turns you didn’t expect. Nine Perfect Strangers is not really her best book.

Overall I give this book only three stars

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of eight internationally best-selling novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Nine Perfect Strangers and the number one New York Times bestsellers: The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and sold more than 20 million copies.

Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty both debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list – the first time this was ever achieved by an Australian author. Big Little Lies was adapted into a multiple award-winning HBO series with a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Hulu is adapting Nine Perfect Strangers into a limited series starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy for release in 2021.

Her new novel, Apples Never Fall, will be released in September 2021.

Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, together with her husband, son and daughter. You can find out more at and

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