“Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don’t notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, ‘How did I get here?’ But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences.” – Liane Moriarty
Since Big Little Lies, the book as well as the show, I’ve been excited to read everything by Liane Moriarty. There is this certain atmosphere her books fit in perfectly. They are the perfect books to read in the summer, while laying on a beach, but when you want something with more suspense than a easy-reading summer romance. Even though so far I read her books in different settings and seasons. When Nine Perfect Strangers came out, I was immediately excited to read it.
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.
I find it admirable how Liane Moriarty manages to keep so many storylines apart. Often when there are more than two characters that the reader follows, the story get’s vague and characters are difficult to keep apart. With Liane Moriarty, that’s not the case. She manages to perfectly keep all of the point-of-views apart from each other and distinctive, so I’m not lost in a tangle of characters.
Throughout the story, it felt to me like the focus was more on certain characters than others. I felt like Frances had a main role in the book, perhaps because we begin with her in the book and that makes her the first character to bond with. Besides Frances, the Marconi family is presented a lot of times with their grief. Some characters were kept more on the background, though we get a story that’s explanatory enough to understand what they are going through. This was the case with Lars and Carmel mostly. I got to know them less better than the rest of the guests.
The story was suspenseful and immersing, though it got long-winded at multiple times. Perhaps some extra events would have made the story less long-winded. This made me get somewhat bored by the story at times, wanting to put the book away and pick up something else. Though the story did stick with me, and I thought about this book while doing other things.
I gave this book 4/5 stars.
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