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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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“If three characters were good in Big Little Lies, nine are even better in Nine Perfect Strangers.” ―Lisa Scottoline, The New York Times Book Review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out...

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.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

Amazon.com Review

Liane Moriarty is back with another delicious page-turner, but this time her characters don''t discover their lives unexpectedly transformed by a surprising event—they deliberately buy into a ten-day spa package with the hope that they will emerge different, happier people. A few days of silence, lots of yoga and mindfulness, and absolutely no alcohol seem to be working wonders, at least for middle-aged novelist Frances Welty, who is recovering from an online swindle and a career crash. The other eight participants have astonishingly similar positive reactions to their regimen at Tranquillum House…at least until they discover why. Moriarty is at her best when she''s diving impetuously into her characters'' heads, exposing with affection their rushes to judgment, their contradictions, and their moments of grace and generosity. The "aha" moment that has won Moriarty so many fans with Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty never quite materializes, and some readers might roll their eyes at the multitude of chapters at the end that attempt to tie everything up nicely. But in the end, it''s an optimistic novel, showcasing how our shared flawed humanity is also our greatest strength in the face of duress, as long as we can create common ground. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Best Fiction

Best of 2018: People, Publishers Weekly, Glamour, Real Simple, PopSugar, Kobo, LitHub

Best of Fall: Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Elle, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, AARP, CrimeReads, BookRiot, PureWow, InStyle, Bustle, and Refinery29

“A treat for Big Little Lies fans....Witty and poignant, Moriarty’s storytelling is worth every penny.”People, Book of the Week

“[A] smart and suspenseful page-turner.” ―Woman’s World

“An entrancing read…An early holiday present for Moriarty fans, Nine Perfect Strangers is a darkly comical novel that defies classification. It manages to be wildly funny and richly emotional at the same time, proving that the Big Little Lies author still has a lot to offer her readers.” ―Bustle

“As she did in Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty writes compelling, realistic characters. Readers will devour Nine Perfect Strangers.” ―Real Simple

“Moriarty is back with another page-turner.” ―TIME

“Irresistible.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“Liane Moriarty is a master of sustained tension.” ―Washington Post

“Promises to be a lively page-turner.” Vogue

“A cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner and a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review

“Liane Moriarty serves up laughs, thrills, surprises.” ―Associated Press

“Each reveal is a delicious surprise…Nine Perfect Strangers is so well written and slyly constructed that it won’t feel like enough.” ―Booklist

“This latest work from the author of Big Little Lies makes us cower, laugh, reflect, cry, and fall in love right alongside the characters.” ―Family Circle

“Can’t wait for Season 2 of Big Little Lies? Satisfy your craving with Moriarty’s new novel. At a remote health resort, nine people gather, eager for change. Despite the luxurious new-age comforts that surround them, each realizes that the next 10 days will be tougher than they could ever imagine. Things may not be what they seem in this addictive read.” ―Observer

“The wildly popular Big Little Lies author is back with another irresistible story that’s both suspenseful and surprisingly funny.” ―AARP’s The Girlfriend

“No one writes about the minutiae of women’s lives with quite as much insight and pull as Moriarty, who wrote Big Little Lies, and yet again her slow-burning plotting leaves you gasping at the very end. I’m jealous of anyone who hasn’t read this yet.” ―Grazia (UK)

“Liane Moriarty is simply unparalleled at infusing flawed characters with humor and heartbreak. Her singular brand of storytelling was most recently showcased when her bestselling novel Big Little Lies was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Nine Perfect Strangers is a worthy follow-up, offering an irresistible take on our wellness-obsessed culture, where the weirder the treatment, the better.” ―BookPage

Nine Perfect Strangers has everything I look for in a Moriarty novel: colorful, relatable characters and a page-turning narrative infused with humor and warmth…a wise, wonderfully immersive read.” ―Augusta Chronicle

“Readers and movie stars alike cannot get enough of Moriarty and her addictive novels, which explore the secrets of suburbia with wit, empathy, and enough plot twists to have Alfred Hitchcock applauding from the grave.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune

“Liane Moriarty is a serious talent...[She] paints a picture with color, sound, aroma, mood, and fragments of the characters’ inner monologues, telling us their stories in quick details while the transformation goes off the rails.” ―News & Observer

“Liane Moriarty seamlessly leads the reader through an unpredictable maze of struggles with love, loss, and understanding. Her pacing, character development, and knack for packing a surprise punch will keep readers engaging in literary therapy by turning the pages late into the night.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Praise for Liane Moriarty’s Novels:

“Funny and scary.” ―Stephen King
“Sharply intelligent.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Irresistible.” ―People
“Simply exquisite.” ―Bookreporter
“Powerful.” ―The Washington Post
“Brilliant.” ―Sophie Hannah
“Gob-smacking.” ―BookPage
“Superb.” ―Parade
“Spellbinding.” ―Emily Giffin
“Gripping.” ―Oprah.com
“A wonderful writer.” ―Anne Lamott
“Like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic.” ―USA Today
“Mesmerizing.” ―Family Circle
“So, so good.”―Jojo Moyes
“The ferocity that Ms. Moriarty brings…is shocking.” ―New York Times

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty; the New York Times bestsellers Nine Perfect Strangers, What Alice Forgot, and The Last Anniversary; The Hypnotist’s Love Story; and Three Wishes. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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Susan
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
What a disappointment
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS is two books in one: the first, filled with eccentric characters, wry humor and promise for intrigue; the second, utter tedium. What a grand idea for a plot, I thought, as I was introduced to nine people about to embark on inside-and-out makeovers at... See more
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS is two books in one: the first, filled with eccentric characters, wry humor and promise for intrigue; the second, utter tedium. What a grand idea for a plot, I thought, as I was introduced to nine people about to embark on inside-and-out makeovers at a stunningly beautiful house in Australia. Frances, the washed up romance novelist; Jessica and Ben, in their new Lamborghini; Lars, the drop dead gorgeous divorce lawyer; Tony, the retired Aussie footballer; Carmel, the weight-obsessed mother; and the Marconis, a seemingly ordinary family of three: all, for reasons of their own, signed up for a ten day stay at Tranquillum House.

Sheer heaven, the strangers anticipate, until they learn the strict rules they must obey during their stay. No electronics; no talking; no alcohol and almost no food, Masha, the owner, makes clear. Is this a health spa or psychological warfare, the guests wonder, as they are stripped of all contraband.

As the strangers interact during their first couple days, Lianne Moriarty has me smirking. She confirms my pathological fear of whole-body wellness spas. Why anyone would pay a small fortune for ten days of misery has always intrigued me, and I discover that many of the Tranquillum House guests are asking the same questions. Their stories emerge, often through internal dialogue, and it is no surprise to me that each character is in crisis of some degree.

And then things get weird, as the saying goes; I could hardly wait to find out what happens next (and next). The tension continues to build, and - boom - the suspense drops like a heavy weight in what I call Book Two. I quickly became bored by the characters and the outlandish plot. Frances in particular gets on my last nerve as she whines with each retelling of her past. I DON’T CARE became my internal dialogue. Determined to reach the denouement, I used my ancient Evelyn Wood speed reading expertise to skim through 200 pages.

This book has such great potential for an entertaining read. Until Book Two, I loved the characters and their siege-like situation. The dark humor had me laughing, and my fear and loathing of wellness centers was vindicated. Lianne Moriarty seemed to have lost her way somewhere in the middle of her story. At certain points, I thought there were too many characters; in others, I wanted new ones to stimulate my interest. Lianne Moriarty can do much better.
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cgal
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not her best book
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
Not Liane’s best work. I found the concept mildly interesting but too many characters to follow and too much inner dialogue for me. I was ready to give up about half way through, so much emphasis on weight. I got a few laughs but as a whole found the book clunky to read,... See more
Not Liane’s best work. I found the concept mildly interesting but too many characters to follow and too much inner dialogue for me. I was ready to give up about half way through, so much emphasis on weight. I got a few laughs but as a whole found the book clunky to read, rather than a page turner like many of this author’s other books.
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Kirsten
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Relatable characters in an original setting - plenty of twists
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
Nine guests come to stay at a health resort, each of them having reached a difficult point in life - recovering from divorce or bereavement or career downturn, and/ or simply dealing with the effects of ageing. The health resort is a blend of draconian strictness and... See more
Nine guests come to stay at a health resort, each of them having reached a difficult point in life - recovering from divorce or bereavement or career downturn, and/ or simply dealing with the effects of ageing. The health resort is a blend of draconian strictness and blissfully therapeutic - hidden alcohol is confiscated from the guests'' luggage, but if you''re secretly feeling down about your age, you''ll be magically whisked off for a rejuvenating facial. Yet the resort owner has a sinister secret agenda, and the guests must bond together to extricate themselves from some bizarre challenges. Every one of the guests uses this time at the resort to come to terms with the past, reassess their identity and find the strength to face the future.
One of the great achievements of this book is the way Moriarty gradually introduces all the characters, so there is no confusion between them. No mean feat when you are dealing with nine guests, and at least 3 members of staff, all flung together.
For some reason, this book reminded me of Agatha Christie, with the different characters bonding in an artificial environment. However, there is no real comparison, I''m just curious whether anyone else saw this as well!
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Julia Flyte
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not one of Liane''s best
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
Liane Moriarty can write books you can hardly put down, like The Husband''s Secret and Big Little Lies, but not all her books are as good as that and unfortunately this is one of the not-so-good ones. While it''s still very readable, the story is silly and unsatisfying. It... See more
Liane Moriarty can write books you can hardly put down, like The Husband''s Secret and Big Little Lies, but not all her books are as good as that and unfortunately this is one of the not-so-good ones. While it''s still very readable, the story is silly and unsatisfying. It has an enormous build up with not a lot of payoff.

The story is about nine people (who incidentally are not perfect strangers - two pairs are married couples and one is someone''s child) who go to stay at an upmarket health & wellness retreat for a 10 day transformational cleanse. Over the first half of the book we gradually get to know them all and the emotional baggage that they have brought with them: failing relationships, failing careers, bereavement, personal dilemmas. It''s all quite enjoyable to read, but it moves slowly. There''s a lot about their daily routine - walks, clean food, spa treatments - and I had no sense of where the book was going or what the point of it was.

At about the halfway mark, that all falls into place as we finally understand the unusual intentions and methods employed by the spa''s director. The second half is faster paced and we get to know all the participants very well - it''s one of those books where everyone gets an epiphany - but what happens feels way too silly and I didn''t find anything from this point on terribly interesting.

So I don''t really recommend it, but having said that it''s a long book (almost 500 pages) and I read it in two days. So it''s not a complete mess. I love the way that Liane writes and as always she has chosen some topical themes to explore. But the book needed more shape and it definitely needed a stronger storyline to sustain it.
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Yvonne Eve Walus
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I couldn''t put it down
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
Liane Moriarty knows how to create characters who leap off the pages and sit in your lounge long after you''ve read the last chapter. They are all non-cookie-cutter, and yet totally believable. I couldn''t wait to discover all their secrets and to see how their future... See more
Liane Moriarty knows how to create characters who leap off the pages and sit in your lounge long after you''ve read the last chapter. They are all non-cookie-cutter, and yet totally believable. I couldn''t wait to discover all their secrets and to see how their future unfolded. I loved the light, heat and scent of Australia that enveloped me while reading this book. This was a fast, beautiful read, with "issues" to get your teeth into and think about - my favourite kind of book.

So why only 4 stars? I found the story line a bit disappointing. Things happened and characters changed, but it wasn''t as profound as I had expected.

Still, a thoroughly enjoyable book. Don''t miss out on it just because it''s not "Big Little Lies".
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Welsh Corgi fan
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Poorly executed and just plain awful
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
I am a fan of Liane Moriarty and have read all of her previous books. While they are not all excellent, none of them is terrible. This book is the first of Ms Moriarty’s books that is terrible. To begin, the plot is wildly improbable and even pernicious. Nine... See more
I am a fan of Liane Moriarty and have read all of her previous books. While they are not all excellent, none of them is terrible. This book is the first of Ms Moriarty’s books that is terrible.

To begin, the plot is wildly improbable and even pernicious. Nine people have signed up for a transformative spa retreat not knowing that the program will involve illegal drugs inflicted on them without their consent by a megalomaniac madwoman. The pernicious part is that it is all too easy for the nine of them once the book draws to a close—where are the medical after effects? To say nothing of being overly easy on the madwoman, who is guilty of too many crimes to count.

The characters are trivial, and Masha (the madwoman) is utterly unbelievable. She also gives me a poor opinion of the Australian medical system, because she should never have been running around loose, let alone been as successful as she seems to be.

If you want to read a book with a similar plot, the analogy to which has appeared in many discussions of this book, read And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. I would call Nine Perfect Strangers a satire on the Christie novel, except that I don’t think it is intended to be funny, and I certainly detected no humor in it whatsoever. I did finish the book, which is the only compliment I can think of to pay it.

I will never sign up for a spa experience.
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MMC
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Don’t bother
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
It was two different books, the interesting first half and the ridiculous predictable 2nd half.

The author is great with character development and dialogue but took a wrong turn.
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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Tragically terrible
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2018
I find it hard to believe this is the same author of her previous books. What happened? A kind friend or editor should have told her the truth about this really awful book.
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Em
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Overrated and indulgent! I regret this purchase.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2018
This book was a waste of time and money. The first half was fine. It was enjoyable. A solid 4/5 stars. But then the whole story descended into absurdity! The second half really annoyed me. It was indulgent, vacuous, and completely unbelievable. To me, it felt like the...See more
This book was a waste of time and money. The first half was fine. It was enjoyable. A solid 4/5 stars. But then the whole story descended into absurdity! The second half really annoyed me. It was indulgent, vacuous, and completely unbelievable. To me, it felt like the author conjured up these fairly one-dimensional nine characters and then did a a creative exercise whereby she had them do crazy things, just because she could. Then, towards the end, she got bored with the characters and the story and wrapped it all up roughly and without care or attention. I passionately disliked this novel and frankly doubt an unknown author without celebrity backing could get this manuscript published! It held promise but in the end it completely under-delivered. I will not be recommending this. Sorry.
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Linda
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Really poor and self indulgent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2018
I''ve read all of Liane Moriarty''s books and was really looking forward to this one. I was initially put off because Amazon wanted over £9, the reviews were iffy, but thought it''d be worth it. It reads like a v v weak Agatha Christie. The characters are so obvious I almost...See more
I''ve read all of Liane Moriarty''s books and was really looking forward to this one. I was initially put off because Amazon wanted over £9, the reviews were iffy, but thought it''d be worth it. It reads like a v v weak Agatha Christie. The characters are so obvious I almost predicted everybody''s background and then as the events unfolded I began to laugh at it. How ridiculous and forced the health resort was and the character of Masha was almost comic. Sorry Ms Moriarty.....'' Can do better''
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Lulu Rosie
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A Tale of Two Halves
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2018
This started off well. And then went bonkers. Not as bad As Truly Madly Guilty. Very disappointing.
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Agrippina
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not up to her usual high standard.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2018
I have read all the other novels by this author and raced through them all. However, this one was a bit of a drag. It just isn''t up to her usual high standard. It is perfectly readable, but the plot is lacking depth and colour and none of the characters seemed at all...See more
I have read all the other novels by this author and raced through them all. However, this one was a bit of a drag. It just isn''t up to her usual high standard. It is perfectly readable, but the plot is lacking depth and colour and none of the characters seemed at all realistic. I was disappointed.
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Jen Six
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A good start but I lost interest
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2018
I was intrigued by the premise and at first I felt very invested in the characters. But as the plot developed (very slowly) I honestly lost interest. The secrets of the characters were uninspiring and revealed in a way that lacked tension or surprise. The climax was ok......See more
I was intrigued by the premise and at first I felt very invested in the characters. But as the plot developed (very slowly) I honestly lost interest. The secrets of the characters were uninspiring and revealed in a way that lacked tension or surprise. The climax was ok... Albeit a bit ridiculous, and Masha''s character seemed entirely unbelievable. The epilogue style ending, in my opinion, seemed rushed and predictable. I was pretty disappointed!
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