Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty @MichaelJBooks #NinePerfectStrangers #NetGalley


Author : Liane Moriarty
Title : Nine Perfect Strangers
Pages : 432
Publisher : Michael Joseph / Penguin UK
Publication date : October 4, 2018


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.


This may come as a bit of a surprise considering the genres I usually read but boy, do I love me some Liane Moriarty. I was very excited to hear she had a new book coming out and couldn’t wait to get stuck into it.

Nine Perfect Strangers is rather hard to put a label on. It’s contemporary fiction in the way Liane Moriarty does best, but there’s also a touch of the psychological thriller vibe to it and it had me hooked from the start.

That was mainly due to the fabulous character of Frances, whom I adored from the minute I met her. Frances used to be a bestselling romance author but now she’s lost her way a little bit. Suffering from a bad back, a broken heart, menopausal symptoms and an awful paper cut, she checks herself into Tranquillum House for some pampering and a ten day cleansing. But not even the imaginative Frances could possibly predict the challenges that lay ahead.

There are quite a few characters in this delightful story. On top of the nine guests, we also meet the owner and her staff. Each one of these characters is so brilliantly introduced that it never gets confusing at all, even with chapters switching back and forth between them. Some are likeable from the start, some take a little getting used to but each one comes across as highly realistic and believable.

The guests are there for very different reasons and some parts made me feel quite emotional. It’s not all doom and gloom though. There are some fantastically witty moments and retorts, which made this a highly entertaining and enjoyable read. Even though some of the events involving the owner may have gone slightly over the top, I was so engrossed that it didn’t bother me at all.

I loved Nine Perfect Strangers from the outset. It may not quite have turned out the way I expected it to but I had a fabulous time meeting these characters, sympathising with them, rooting for them and it all leads to a wonderful conclusion. I have no doubt this one will do well and I look forward immensely to whatever Liane Moriarty comes up with next.

My thanks to the publisher for my review copy, which I received via Netgalley!

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  16 comments for “Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty @MichaelJBooks #NinePerfectStrangers #NetGalley

  1. October 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Yay! I was hoping you’d love this. Great review! Like you, I’m a big fan of the author.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I have this on on preorder and can’t wait to get it! I love her!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. October 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I’m really looking forward to this one!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ChrissiReads
    October 8, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This does sound good. Wonderful review.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. October 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve never read her stuff but this sounds good. I may just have to check it out! I’m really particular about my contemporary stuff but if you liked it maybe I will too 🤔

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  6. October 9, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I love Liane Moriarty’s books too! Like you, it’s not my usual genre, but i really like the way she writes her characters, and is capable of making the everyday things fascinating.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on this one 😀
    Great review.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 9, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Yes, that’s exactly it! I love her books. They are the perfect cleanser when you’ve had enough of crime and thrillers for a while.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. October 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Fab review, so glad you loved this one. I have only read Big Little Lies by Lianne but I really like the sound of this one!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

      That was also such a great one. I’m not at all surprised it was picked up for tv.


  8. October 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Wonderful review! I’m so excited about this one.


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