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I chose this book because I read Big Little Lies by this author and loved it! However, this book did not impress me near as much..it disappointed. LM is great at character development, but the plot of this story definitely fell short. Also, I was extremely annoyed that LM chose to essentially use the guests' psychedelic experiences as filler in the middle of the book - they felt unnecessary and a waste of what could have been a more developed plot and story. I feel the need (or desire) to write to LM and urge that she not try to pull a Frances and stick to what is her more 'normal' genre...
As soon as I finished this book I literally said out loud, "That was so weird!" I felt like it started off really slow. While I get there are many characters that needed introducing, it just seemed like nothing exciting happened until towards the end and then it all happened at once and was packed in. I don't really know if I liked it or not -- I'm leaning towards no. I did appreciate though that it was not at all what I was expecting it to be. This was my first LM book and I just wasn't impressed. Frances was a hoot though!
I've never read any of this author's books.. so this was my first time with her work. I'm caught between "that was a really fun book" and "did I actually like it"? I liked how different all the characters were and how relate-able each issue they were struggling with was in today's world. They all were so unique, and she described them perfectly. However, in the amount of description, I feel like the story plot kind of got lost.. the end was great, but it was a slow build-up to get there.. I loved Frances and Zoe. I also loved Tony's character and how it ended up "not even being terminal". Masha kind of reminded me of a cult leader.. and when I got that image in my head, I couldn't get it out haha. But I LOVED the summary of every character after the "retreat ended".
I hadn't read one of Liane Moriarty's books prior to this one. I had watched the HBO show Big Little Lies and loved it. I still want to read that book so when Nine Perfect Strangers because an option for BOTM I jumped on it. The cast of characters in this book were awesome. Each one was fleshed out and had a full story to tell. You didn't feel like any of the characters was an after thought. Frances was an amazing protagonist. She was funny and quirky and made me laugh several times. Masha was a great antagonist and you could feel just how mad and full of herself she was. A++++
I'm a Liane Moriarty fan but this one just didn't do it for me. The premise seemed fun but the madness was just … not fun. I liked the characters … except for Masha and her actions … I just didn't find the humor in her madness.
I love her characters, but this story was so odd. It was better than her last book (which was incredibly frustrating.) I honestly have no clue if I liked it or not. I want to hang out with Frances and Zoe. I just don’t know overall.