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.
Why I Read It
Well, this is pretty simple to answer: Moriarty is one of my top favorite authors. I’ve read a few of her books and I’ve loved all of them, so I’m dedicated to reading all of them. Or at least, all of them that I like. The cynic inside me is convinced there’s at least one I won’t fall in love with, but we shall see.
Oh boy oh boy oh boy. You guys. This is absoLUTEly a must-read. As in, I’m demanding that you read it right now, you MUST. It’s not young adult, so I guess I could see a lot of people passing on it, but I think that’s a huge mistake.
I love Moriarty’s writing style. She switches POVs each chapter, yet somehow we still have a “main character” to grab onto so we feel somewhat stable. I think this is what makes her style so successful, because she does throw quite a few POVs at us in this book. If I remember correctly, I think this has the most POVs in any of the books of hers I’ve read. POVs can bother me in books if they aren’t done right, and especially if there are too many of them because there’s always that one character we just drop the book and groan when we realize their chapter is next (I’m looking directly at YOU, Bran from A Song of Ice and Fire).
What I love even more is the unpredictability of all of her books, though. This one takes the cake. You read the book and you start to come up with theories about what could possibly be going on, and you think you’ve got it figured out, and then the rug is pulled out from under you along with all of the characters. Repeatedly, in this book’s case. Wow. Once that first issue in the book is revealed, the issues just keep coming and coming and coming.
And the thing is, each issue feels justified. Well, perhaps justified isn’t the right term (if you’ve already read the book you know what I mean). In terms of WRITING they are justified. It doesn’t feel like Moriarty is doing this just for the sake of messing with the readers; based on the main issue that is revealed, the following problems are justifiable in the story and make sense. Sort of.
It’s hard to explain without giving spoilers, because this book was a bit of a mind f*ck. But I loved every second of it. Moriarty earned every twist and turn this book took. I didn’t feel like she was taking advantage of me as a reader.
There’s really nothing negative I have to offer about this book, which is why I gave it a perfect rating. However, I realize I could be SLIGHTLY biased (as much as I try not to be). She’s a favorite author, and over the last year or two I’ve been devouring her books. So, if you read the book, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on it as well! Leave them in the comments, or link me to a review/post you’ve made about the book so I can check it out. Of course I want to read other glowing reviews, but I also want to know if other people had any issues with this book that I may have missed.