#BookReview: Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty @Flatironbooks #LianneMoriarty #5STARS


My Five Star Review:

This book was a barrel of fun! 

I mean really ~ nutty, quirky, and just hilarious.

I LOVE a good health spa, and the remote Tranquillum House sounded absolutely breathtaking. Nine people sign up for a 10 day visit to achieve a “cleanse” and do a bit of recharging. They have absolutely no idea whats in store for them. Lets just say the rather exotic director, Masha is downright creepy and she might be a bit of control freak. At one point Masha tells her guests, “This is a health resort, not a prison.”  Hmm…time to worry I’d say!

Frances was my FAVORITE guest and she is hilarious. She is also a down and out romance writer. She can’t decide if Masha is mad, crazy, nuts and unhinged or perhaps shes a “genius” and really odd, alternative, intense, excessively tall and exotic. No one can seem to figure her out!

We meet all the guests and their quirks and behind the scenes antics. I was laughing out loud throughout this book and the snarky humor and over the top spa stay was a blast!

It was probably a bit too long and could have been shorter, but it had a lot to offer. Mixed reviews had me hesitant, but I’m glad I purchased this one for myself (a treat). Something about a health spa gone wrong was just my perfect read. Read if for a wild week at the spa!

I might call this a dark, comic fiction with a hint of thriller. I’m already searching for another Moriarty fix.

Book Description:

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.




    • Thanks Diana. It does have some darker themes weaved in, but more of a lighter read that I thought was fun. ❤


    • Yes, I took a chance a bought a copy. I skipped the Arc because of the reviews! I would love to hear how the audio pans out. ❤


  1. Yay! So glad to see your 5 stars after seeing so many mixed reviews! I love Liane Moriarty and bought the hardcover copy to go with all her other books, but I haven’t picked it up yet because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I’m bumping it up to be read soon though, once I get read a pile of ARCs! Fabulous review, Holly! ❤


  2. I liked this one, too, though I think you liked it a little bit more than I did. It’s very, very character-driven which is why I think the reviews are so mixed. It’s either something you really like or you really don’t.


  3. Can’t wait to read this! Liane Moriarty is one of my fave contemporary authors. I don’t know how she manages to create such interesting stories based on some everyday events that are supposed to be boring, but she does 😀
    And even when she’s talking about something not so pleasant, or even dark, there’s always a bit of humour, and it’s just so nice.

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  4. Wonderful review Holly. I love your description. I am next in line for the audiobook from my library, so keeping fingers crossed I will get the chance to listen to this dark, comic fiction with a hint of thriller book. I am also looking forward to the narration of 10 different characters.

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  5. I adored The Husbands Secret and Big Little Lies, although I couldn’t get into What Alice Forgot. I, too, have been waiting for another Moriaty fix! And I’ve just shouted up to my Other Half to order it asap (he loves her books, too). Thank you for the heads-up, Holly.

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  6. That Masha sounds like a trip!! This story sounds very unique. I’ve seen mixed reviews on it as well, Holly. But if you liked it as much as you say, albeit its length, I’m going to keep my eye on it. 😉 Adding to my tbr.

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