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HER BEST YET.I said to my husband recently I just love the way I feel when I m reading a Liane Moriarty book Like I m surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat As always, Liane s observations about life are just so damn spot on Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao even Masha I adored them too I sort of want HER BEST YET.I said to my husband recently I just love the way I feel when I m reading a Liane Moriarty book Like I m surrounded by lovely, neurotic, warm, friends And Liane has done it again with this wonderful book about nine strangers who go to a health retreat As always, Liane s observations about life are just so damn spot on Frances was my favourite guest, but the rest of the gang Napoleon, Tony, Heather, Ben, Jessica, Carmel, Zoe, Yao even Masha I adored them too I sort of wanted to go to that retreat and then I didn t I really didn t The book is funny and sad and touching, and full of wisdom All the feels I feel so lucky to have read an early copy.Five stars [[ Free E-pub ]] ☟ Nine Perfect Strangers ☋ Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever These nine perfect strangers are about to find outNine 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 beFrances 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 questionCombining all of the hallmarks that have made Liane Moriarty s writing a go to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft 2.5 stars, rounded up.Ugh This one really fell flat for me.The idea of self improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it That s what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia They re coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they ve become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that h 2.5 stars, rounded up.Ugh This one really fell flat for me.The idea of self improvement is often an appealing one, but it takes so much work, so when someone offers us a quick solution, how can we not jump on it That s what is bringing nine people to Tranquillum House, an exclusive health resort in a remote part of Australia They re coming to lose weight, to detox a bit from the alcohol they ve become fond of, to get lots of spa treatments and massages, and to get a jump on the problems that have been plaguing them In 10 days, the resort promises, they ll feel totally changed.Frances Welty, once a best selling romance author, is one of those coming to Tranquillum House She knows she needs to lose some weight and come to terms with menopause, the imminent decline of her career, and the hurt and humiliation she feels after a romance has gone awry She s been nursing a bad back, a cold, and a vicious paper cut, and she hopes the pampering and the light fasting will help solve her problems.Ben and Jessica are a young married couple whose relationship has definitely seen better days All Ben seems to care about is his fancy new sports car well, it s a Lamborghini, so can you blame him while Jessica has spent tons of money on plastic surgery to make herself look better at least in her eyes , yet her husband doesn t ever tell her how great she looks They re hoping some marriage counseling might make the difference.Napoleon, Heather, and Zoe, are a family that certainly looks healthy But they re carrying around a lot of grief, anger, regret, fear, and guilt related to a tragedy that happened just three years ago While it might have been a better idea to go on a cruise or some other vacation, they hope that the time to meditate and reflect might help them move past these issues.These people and others expect that their stay won t be all pampering and relaxation, but they re not prepared for all that the health resort is going to throw at them It s going to take some work to make change happen, but they have no idea just how far the director of the resort is willing to take things It s going to bethan fasting, yoga, massages, and hikes in the beautiful countryside In some sense, their very survival may be at stake certainly their willingness to fight for themselves will be challenged.I had high hopes for Nine Perfect Strangers given how much I enjoyed some of Liane Moriarty s previous books, including Big Little Lies and The Husband s Secret But this one never took off for me in fact, the pacing was so slow it felt like I was reading it for 10 days, as long as these characters were planning to be at the health resort First of all, when a book introduces 11 characters to you and provides in depth backstories for most of them, that s a lot to wade through There definitely were some interesting characters to follow with fascinating and sometimes sad stories, but I could have done with half of them, because the constant shifting of narration made it difficult to keep any sort of rhythm.But honestly, the whole situation with the director of the resort and her decision to take things in a new direction I found utterly laughable I was waiting to see just how over the top Moriarty would take things, and found some of it really hard to believe I did like the way she tied things up with some of her characters, but I was really disappointed on the whole.I hate when you ve been waiting for an author you like to come out with a new book and it disappoints The good news for me is, there are still some of Moriarty s earlier books I haven t read, so I look forward to those And who knows You may enjoy this onethan I did.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate dipped gherkin Watch out for the green stuff.I m a Liane Moriarty fan But this latest book is a mess It s being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that s really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense The book s mission isn t really to surprise instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag Unfortunately, by the end you won t have found out one darned thing you didn t a Looks like a luscious fudge truffle, tastes like a chocolate dipped gherkin Watch out for the green stuff.I m a Liane Moriarty fan But this latest book is a mess It s being marketed as a psychological thriller, but that s really not accurate since the story has only one major plot twist and very little actual suspense The book s mission isn t really to surprise instead, its mission seems to be to preach and nag Unfortunately, by the end you won t have found out one darned thing you didn t already know Moriarty s usual wry, spot on observations about the dramas of real life are missing from this book Setting all the action in an isolated and oddly un chichi health spa cuts Moriarty off from showing everyday life and culture, which has been one of her greatest strengths These characters are stranded, unable to go about their daily business of planning, worrying, drinking coffee, and bonding with other women Or worrying about what other women think of them There are too many characters, eleven in all And readers really get to know only two well fifty something romance author Frances and twenty year old nice kid Zoe, who become unlikely allies as the spa experience grows weirder andchallenging The many other characters are painted in broad, overly general strokes, and their stories are only loosely connected Each of the spa clients has an Important and Topical Issue to fret over body image issues, menopause, social media addiction, death in the family, starting a family, plastic surgery addiction, the list keeps coming you get the picture Perhaps Moriarty had a list with check off boxes to make sure she represented every demographic group Issues basically stand in for character development I kept getting Ms Guilty Grieving Mother mixed up with Ms Body Image both characters had dark hair and very little backstory, and they both moped around a lot After a few hundred pages of characters sloooowly figuring out their many problems, all of the resolutions for even the major stories are sorted out and summed up in short, abrupt epilogue paragraphs Hunh And don t even get me started on the book s single obligatory romance, which takes place view spoiler entirely in the epilogue between two characters who have no chemistry whatsoever hide spoiler I m guessing Moriarty was aiming to show all these strangers gradually thawing and bonding through the spa s team building activities And there is some of that But the novel is reallylike Fantasy Island goes to view spoiler hell, hide spoiler and the many unrelated characters stories are connected very loosely by that hokey Fantasy Island plot device they re all there at the same time to Change Their Lives And here is the novel s biggest problem the head of the spa is a great big galloping cartoon, a Russian control freak who improbably view spoiler becomes unhinged in the course of the story and runs amok, spiking the smoothies with LSD and indefinitely imprisoning the clients until their spa experience has reached Maximum Meaningfulness The imprisonment is surprisingly dull and goes on for much too longhide spoiler Even at the novel s beginning, this character spouts so many Russian endearments she sounds like a Bond villain, and by extension, a peculiarly dated Cold War era clich Stereotyping is a problem with other characters as well The book s single gay character stops on his way to the spa to buy a case of really good wine and dreams of having a child who s a mini me The book s only minority character is relegated to the thankless role of boss worshiping flunkey There is also nonstop gratuitous bashing of women who have body image issues she really doesn t need to lose weight she just thinks she does , women who choose to have plastic surgery, and women who devote time to social media The brief validation these characters get at the novel s conclusion in no way compensates for the repeated scolding they weather throughout the rest of the book Not to mention the fact that these aren t solely women s issues.At one point, the book breaks the fourth wall in a trippy, meta way that I actually liked We get dialogue from Frances editor andclichwhich is just darned cute But what a long way to travel for a mild joke.Finally, the last word in the novel is devoted to view spoiler trashing book reviewers, hide spoiler a move that comes across as petty and weird, especially coming from a novelist who s basically become critic proof I received my copy of the book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I was really excited until I actually read the book Thanks Macmillan Flatiron and Goodreads, because the book is really pretty to look at Liane Moriarty s latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerablythan they bargained for with the Liane Moriarty s latest offering is a hugely enjoyable psychological thriller that is pure fun and entertainment whilst incorporating a look beneath the issues of a wide cast of characters and the moving stories that lie behind the facade of their everyday lives Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives for the better The latest batch of arrivals are 9 strangers that get considerablythan they bargained for with their 10 day cleansing programme of diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments It is run by the Russian Masha, a ruthlessly ambitious former company executive whose near death experience led to a complete change in her life direction Masha had a dark and hidden agenda for her latest customers, driven by the best of intentions, supported by her primary staff members, Yao, and Delilah.Twice married Frances Welty is an established writer of romances whose career has gone into freefall with her latest offering being rejected by the publishing industry and whose boyfriend, Paul Drabble, has disappeared Ben and Jessica are a troubled married couple who appear to be remarkably well off Napoleon is a schoolteacher, with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Zoe, the entire family weighed down by grief and guilt Tony is a former star footballer, who has recently lost his beloved dog, Banjo Carmel has lost her husband to a younger woman, has four children, and has lost her self esteem and confidence Lars is a well heeled divorce lawyer, who only represents wives in his word of mouth law practice As the story progresses, the backstories and issues that lie behind each individual comes to be slowly revealed The narcissistic, remote and humourless Masha has plans for them which she is certain will truly transform their lives and which will presage a glorious and glittering future with her in the limelight, enjoying global acclaim.There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty s story of madness and mayhem at a health resort, where people with little in common with each other find themselves in circumstances where they form unexpected bonds and undergo unexpected transformations The characters are well drawn and distinct, beautifully developed, all with such high hopes for their short stay at Tranquillem House, their interactions with each other are a joy to hehold There are heartbreaking stories behind some of the characters, including Masha, that become apparent by the end I found it hard to resist Moriarty s magic and succumbed to this fabulous novel with absolutely no regrets A fantastic read with plenty of suspense and tension that comes highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC I never, ever thought I d say this about a Liane Moriarty novel butwhat a terrible, boring, pointless novel I really disliked this one Couldn t wait for it to be over, actually It was so boring and also claustrophobic at the same time, giving me a sense of desperation for these people to just be set free already For the life of me I could not understand what the purpose of this book was It didn t even sound like a Moriarty.I am still a fan of the author and will for sure give her another I never, ever thought I d say this about a Liane Moriarty novel butwhat a terrible, boring, pointless novel I really disliked this one Couldn t wait for it to be over, actually It was so boring and also claustrophobic at the same time, giving me a sense of desperation for these people to just be set free already For the life of me I could not understand what the purpose of this book was It didn t even sound like a Moriarty.I am still a fan of the author and will for sure give her another try when the next novel comes out but this one Wow, what a waste of my time Seriously, I don t know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it Half way through I was done with itbut, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated There are 10 11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view It wasn t confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn t like Even the epilogue went on.and on..and on Perhaps if it had been m Seriously, I don t know if I loved this book or absolutely hated it Half way through I was done with itbut, there is a pull to keep you reading to see what happens to the Idiotic Nine, whom I also loved and hated There are 10 11 storylines in the book all told sporadically from each of their points of view It wasn t confusing in the least, but it did get rather boring, especially for the characters that I didn t like Even the epilogue went on.and on..and on Perhaps if it had beenselectively edited I would have enjoyed itbut, as it was, it is a book I will forget by next week I expect better andfrom Moriarty Sadly Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication Frances former bestselling romance author ironically the victim of a romance con scamLars divorce attorney representing women onlyTony former professional sports starNapoleon, Heather, and Zoe family coming apart at the seamsCaramel Husband dumped her for a younger woman wants to lose weight gain positive self image Ben and Jessica marriage on the rocks after winning the lotteryMasha Head guru health spa owner Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is a 2018 Flatiron publication Frances former bestselling romance author ironically the victim of a romance con scamLars divorce attorney representing women onlyTony former professional sports starNapoleon, Heather, and Zoe family coming apart at the seamsCaramel Husband dumped her for a younger woman wants to lose weight gain positive self image Ben and Jessica marriage on the rocks after winning the lotteryMasha Head guru health spa ownerNine people, all from very different walks of life, arrive at Tranquillum House, a highly recommended health resort Each of them is coping with various life issues, from simple domestic uncertainties, or huge family problems, to marital woes, and weight loss goals After the prologue, the first character the reader is introduced to is Frances This was a great opener for the avid reader who will get the subtle and not so subtle digs at the publishing industry and the trends they run right into the ground until they become a parody of themselves, forcing authors to either hop on board the train or wait for their chosen genre to become popular again So, right away, I knew I was going have to see how Frances fared, and was all in I couldn t wait to see what other sardonic observations the author had up her sleeve But, I must warn you This book is not like Moriarty s previous novels, which usually centered around the family unit, providing a taut element of suspense, blended with humor and sarcasm This novel has the humor, sarcasm and the suspense, but the setting is not at all domestic, as you will see I usually dislike novels with a large cast of characters I get confused easily trying to keep up with so many backstories and the plot is usually way too busy However, this book is an exception I had no trouble keeping up the characters and the plot is straightforward, so despite the number of characters, the story has a nice, even flow The only drawback might be that it loses some of the intimacy of Moriarty s previous works.I loved all the characters They are a zany group of people, flawed of course, some dealing with deeper issues than others, but all of them are so human and real I rooted for and cared for them all, but Frances remained a favorite character for me from start to finish Heather, Zoe, and Napoleon have the meatiest story in the book and evoke some serious emotions Overall, this one is a bit of a departure for Liane Moriarty, but her signature style is etched all through the novel While the plot is just this side of deranged, the story is a compulsive read, perhaps a little overlong, but otherwise compelling and highly engrossing view spoiler Oh, and Frances you could write a psychological thriller if you wanted but I m glad you chose my favorite genre instead hide spoiler Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive an irresistible page turner It s just a story and oh boy what a story it was NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought provoking and yet so humourous to read I absolutely loved this book and couldn t get enough of these quirky characters I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping ou Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive an irresistible page turner It s just a story and oh boy what a story it was NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought provoking and yet so humourous to read I absolutely loved this book and couldn t get enough of these quirky characters I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping out loud in shock for the pain that some of these characters were suffering.LIANE MORIARTY delivers quite the fascinating, intriguing, vulnerable, lifelike, and beautifully written read here with quirky and realistic characters, a brazen and dynamic premise and an extremely spellbinding and enthralling storyline What really stood out about this novel for me was how realistic and raw these characters were written I could see myself and others in probably every single one of these characters in this story I thought the inner thoughts and dialogue was absolutely spot on.I absolutely loved the way that this novel made me feel and yup in the end it gave me that warmth and satisfying afterglow that I seek in my books This was a Traveling Friends Group Read that I read with some Goodreads Instagram friends Thanks so much for the wonderful reading experience Norma s Stats Cover Simply beautiful, natural, effective purely Moriarty P.S Do you see an outline of a woman s body on the cover Title Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline The nine guests were perfectly imperfect Writing Prose Well written, engaging, captivating, witty, intelligent and smart.Plot Intriguing, clever, thought provoking, suspenseful, perfectly paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.Ending Clever and totally satisfying Loved the progressive timeline Overall An extremely enjoyable entertaining read that had me totally engrossed from start to finish Would highly recommend Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog This book was a barrel of fun I mean really nutty, quirky, and just hilarious I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a cleanse and do a bit of recharging They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak At one point Masha tells her guests, This is a health This book was a barrel of fun I mean really nutty, quirky, and just hilarious I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a cleanse and do a bit of recharging They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak At one point Masha tells her guests, This is a health resort, not a prison Hmmtime to worry I d say Frances was my FAVORITE guest and she is hilarious She is also a down and out romance writer She can t decide if Masha is mad, crazy, nuts and unhinged or perhaps shes a genius and really odd, alternative, intense, excessively tall and exotic No one can seem to figure her out We meet all the guests and their quirks and behind the scenes antics I was laughing out loud throughout this book and the snarky humor and over the top spa stay was a blast It was probably a bit too long and could have been shorter, but it had a lot to offer Mixed reviews had me hesitant, but I m glad I purchased this one for myself a treat Something about a health spa gone wrong was just my perfect read Read if for a wild week at the spa I might call this a dark, comic fiction with a hint of thriller I m already searching for another Moriarty fix