Nine Perfect Strangers – Book Review
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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty


A witty story about nine strangers gathering at a remote and somewhat mysterious health resort: some attend the resort to lose weight and get healthy. But the enigmatic owner of Tranquillum House, Masha, aims for so much more. Her ambition is not only to help her guests improve their health but to transform themselves entirely. Among the guests is Frances Welty, a romance author. Although captivated by Masha, she is unsure whether she should stay and feed into her curiosity or get out.


This is a brilliantly written story, and I adored all the characters. I found the story exciting but felt it lacked substance – it was a little predictable, and if I’m candid, the ending was slightly disappointing. It takes a long time for the story to kick in. The build-up, although irritatingly lengthy, was far better than the unsatisfying climax.


The lives and exposition of the characters was genius! They were so well developed that I felt as if I knew them. This was especially true with Frances and Yao. I found Masha to be comically unrealistic at times but intriguing never-the-less.


Napoleon, Heather and Zoe were a curious family from among the guests, and their backstory was probably my favourite. They were incredibly relatable and loveable, and it was kind of difficult to let them go when the book finished.


The book is full of cunning humour, and the tension is gripping. It wasn’t my favourite book, but it was worth the read, and it demands to be finished once started.

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Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers

The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation.

Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.

Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other.

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined.

For behind the retreat's glamorous facade lies a dark agenda.

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them . . .

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