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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Contemporary fiction

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

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The latest must-read drama from the best-selling author of Big Little Lies.

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    400+ pages

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    Multiple viewpoints

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    Famous author

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    Slow build

Why I love it

Rosie Walsh
Author, Ghosted

Every Liane Moriarty novel is different, but the experience of reading one provides the same reliable mainstays: exhaustion (because I’ll be up until 2am reading), awe (at her ability to create characters so real it feels like she’s raided my inner life), and jealousy (because, well, nobody should be allowed to write that well). As a die-hard fan, I thought I knew what to expect with Nine Perfect Strangers. But I had no idea.

Nine strangers book a detox at a resort a few hours' drive from Sydney. All bear the scars of previous emotional or physical crises, which are revealed—often very movingly—as the guests settle into their new surroundings. From the outset, though, there's an insidious feeling of unease, which you shouldn't ignore: It's going to explode into full-blown madness by the halfway mark.

It was the cast of characters that I fell in love with, initially—so human; so lost; so damaged, funny, and absurd—but their journeys were unlike any I’ve been on with Moriarty before. The story is both far-fetched and chillingly plausible, darkly funny, and, above all, utterly gripping. You won’t be able to put it down.

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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.

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Read an exclusive excerpt from Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers.

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  • Conshohocken, PA

    Normally, I’m not a huge fan of this author but decided to give this book a chance and I’m glad I did! Finished this book in 3 days! Love her characters & couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

  • Ashland , OH

    I loved reading Liane Moriarty’s books. Her observations about life are always spot on. I laughed, cried, got mad, and couldn’t put this book down. All the feels really. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Tampa, FL

    Wow. The character development was amazing. I loved how the book progressed and the story just kept you locked in with the “I can’t believe”s or “omg she’s nuts!”. Thoroughly enjoyed this read!

  • Dunkirk, NY

    I wasn’t surprised with how much I loved this because I’m obsessed with Liane Moriarty. She does a beautiful job of weaving all the characters story lines together and thoroughly keeping you engaged.

  • Baltimore, MD

    I just love Liane Moriarty’s ability to describe characters... and even with so many characters, I felt like I started to get them all. It wasn’t my favorite of her books, but still really enjoyed it.

  • Rotterdam, NY

    It was slow in the beginning, but once you get to know all of the characters, and the characters get to know each other, you can’t help but root for these strangers and won’t be able to stop reading!

  • Fresno , CA

    I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s writing style! Of all the books I’ve read by this author, this was a little bit of a slower read than the others, but still a very intriguing story. Well put together.

  • Goleta , CA

    This gripping tale left me guessing right up until the end. An amazing story of courage, vulnerability, and connection, Nine Perfect Strangers will change the way you think about other people’s lives.

  • Cando, ND

    This book had loveable characters, that made me laugh, cry and everything in between. I couldn’t put it down! It was a little slow but the ending completely made up for it! Definitely worth a read!!!!

  • Rochester, MN

    This book was hilarious. We started reading some of her books in book club. The owner of the club is such a culmination of influencers that we get bombarded with. It’s a great examination of culture.

  • Auburn, AL

    After 80 pages I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this novel. However I am so glad I stuck it out. I would have never guessed the plot to take off the way it did. Long, but fantastic read. 4 stars.

  • Minneapolis, MN

    The characters in this book are amazing. I don’t know how Moriarty pulls off so many points of view, but she does so brilliantly. Frances is delightful; I’m so glad I followed her through the pages.

  • Richmond, CA

    This has become my favorite book. It was complex & beautiful- I laughed out loud several times while reading & cried towards the end. I didn’t want it to end. It gives such an insight to complex life.

  • Garfield Heights, OH

    It did take a long time to take off, but the slow build makes complete sense & is necessary for the story. Very glad i pushed through the first part of this book- it’s a special one. Love this author!

  • Fresno , CA

    Do life challenges serve as a level up in this game we call life? Of course they do. However most of us avoid all and any change. Even if it's good for us. Thought provoking and entertaining. Good read

  • Boston, MA

    What can’t Moriarty do? Her ability to touch on strong, spine-tingling, & heart wrenching topics while somehow making me laugh out loud as I turn the pages proves what a master she and this book are.

  • Denver, CO

    This book helped you get very invested in characters much like our own friends and family. The book reinforces the idea that no matter what the differences may be there’s still a strong commonality.

  • Roeland Park, KS

    This book was unexpected. It has a slower start, but the plot is interesting and very different from other books I’ve read. I’ve read several of her other books and this on was by far my favorite.

  • Laveen, AZ

    I always enjoy this author. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, something else twists/turns. It was very interesting to learn so many characters, evoking diff emotions for each story.

  • Waltham, MA

    I love Liane Moriarty and this did not disappoint. Thoroughly entertaining & kind of funny! Not as suspenseful as some of her others like Big Little Lies but I was still curious about each character.

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