Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250069825
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 25 cm

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sandraperkins
Dec 16, 2018

This book was disappointing; I have enjoyed her past books, though some are stronger than others.

The premise of this book is that nine people go to a remote health resort in Australia (all her books take place in Australia) in hopes that their lives will be transformed. That sounds like it could be interesting, but the plot of this book is not believable. Some characters are fairly well developed, others not so much. All of Liane Moriarty’s books are non-linear; you start in at a certain point, and you eventually learn what happened in the past through flashbacks. That is the case here as well.

The resolution of this book left a bad taste in my mouth. I was really rather appalled. I may never visit a health spa after reading this book.

I can not recommend this book. I give it 1.5 stars because it did hold my interest to the end; I wanted to see what happened. But if I were you, I would skip this book and read What Alice Forgot instead. It is a much better book.

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maipenrai
Dec 11, 2018

Let me get this straight. 9 individuals check into a retreat / health spa and are given dangerous hallucinogenics without their knowledge or consent. They are then subjected to psychological torture. The abuser is given a short jail term and everyone else lives happily ever after?????? This story is repulsive to me. It justifies torture in the name of science or some "higher good". I guess we could extrapolate that the medical experiments done by the Nazi doctors, especially Josef Mengele were done in the interest of "science" and a greater good. I am sure that some of the people who managed to survive this experience had a "life changing" result and perhaps appreciated life more than they ever had before. Case closed. Torture in the name of science is justified. NOT!! As a clinical psychologist I find the idea that everyone subjected to psychological torture and dangerous drugs goes on the live a happy life is so preposterous that I cannot fathom why an author would even write such a dangerous novel. Many individuals live a painful life subsequent to psychological torture. If someone could have prevented or alleviated that torture it would be criminal not to do so. Yet our perpetrator is free to continue performing her experiments under no supervision. Not only do I not recommend this book, as stated before, I find its premise obscene. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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KJP48
Dec 10, 2018

I really don't know exactly what to say. This was a bizarre story. Moriarty's writing is quite good, but the story was a little too much to believe. I also thought the ending was a little too pat. This didn't measure up in my mind to her previous books, but some may find it interesting.

lauz32 Dec 09, 2018

I wasn't quite sure where this book was headed after the first 50 pages, but I stuck with it and it ended up being an enjoyable quick and easy read. The author does a great job of setting up each characters story, and keeping you on the hook until the very end. A great twist at the end set up for some laughs and I could imagine this novel also being turned into a mini series like Big Little Lies was.

multcolib_karene Dec 02, 2018

An easy book to zip through. The plot? Surprising but just too far fetched. This would be a good book to read on an airplane (not to knock airplane reading...I once picked up Twilight at an airport and thoroughly enjoyed my time on that flight).

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pharra19
Dec 01, 2018

Not her best. Actually....probably her worst effort.
I did empathize with a few of the characters, but the ridiculous plot dragged the book down.

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rookjon
Dec 01, 2018

As with all of this author’s books, I love the great effort she puts into her research whether it be Sydney’s detailed suburban geography, the vagaries of cello acoustics or the unpredictable explosiveness of a Meditation Retreat. It puts so much substance and credibility into her work.

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LibraryLES
Nov 29, 2018

Disappointing! The first part of the story just dragged then all of a sudden it took a bizarre turn, really bizarre. I really did not care for the story at all.

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Bookbybook
Nov 29, 2018

It started off fine, but I quickly got mired down. I felt the same as the reviewer who said reading it was like walking through quicksand. Could have been a good book (it had an interesting premise) but there were too many subplots, characters and pages. It read, to me, as if it were a first draft rather than a polished, well-edited novel, so I'm not sure why it's getting so many stellar reviews. Compared to her other books, I don't think this one measures up.

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Tangerine2005
Nov 27, 2018

I read between 75 and 100 books per year. This is the worst I've read in a long time.
It was like trying to walk through quicksand. I'm angry that I wasted so much time on it!!

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