REVIEW: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, BY LIANE MORIARTY

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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As Nine Perfect Strangers gather to meditate and deal with their emotional and physical stresses, this reader felt that nothing good could come of this little retreat. After all, none of the guests really know the resort owner/director, and that could be their biggest mistake.

Each guest is introduced to the reader with some back story, and we are hoping for good things, in spite of our misgivings.

My favorite character was Frances, an author, whose last book was rejected, and her love life has definitely gone bad. She will probably be seeking for something she won’t find here.

Masha had so many red flags swirling around her, and the guests did wonder. But perhaps what they see is just the authority she carries with her.

I have had this book since 2018, but I eagerly devoured it now because of the upcoming Hulu original series.  I am glad I read it.

Throughout the tale, we come to know more about each character, but less about Masha, and by the end, we wish they had all done more “due diligence.” A twisted story that left me with more questions than answers, this one earned 4.5 stars.

 
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10 thoughts on “REVIEW: NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, BY LIANE MORIARTY

    • Thanks, Kathryn, I am visualizing the actors who will be performing in it, and since Nicole Kidman and a few other favorites have joined the cast, I am eager to immerse myself in it. This will probably be a case of loving the movie more than the book. The book’s ending was a bit confusing!

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    • Thanks, Davida, since I have had this book since 2018, I know that I only now read it because of the series. And Nicole Kidman! The same thing happened with another book that I hadn’t read until there was a miniseries (The Undoing, based on the book You Should Have Known).

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  1. Good to know about the upcoming TV series Aug. 18! Nicole Kidman once again. I gather that Tranquillum House is not exactly Tranquil after all ? Looks a bit twisted …

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