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I read the comments and didn't have high expectations of this book. I absolutely loved it. She did a great job of developing different characters. I thought the book was pretty humorous at times. This book is different from the way she has written before, but is still an enjoyable, worthwhile read. Several people in my book club also enjoyed it.
Read about 1/4 of the book then took a nap as it was boring. Did not finish it.
Usually like her books. Just could not get in to it at all. Could not even finish, which is rare for me.
Started off asa great read, I was so engrossed, then it took a turn and was all downhill from there. Very disappointing.
The book started off good then took a weird turn. It was too unrealistic, it dragged on way too long, and you didn't know what was real! I have read several of her books and loved them all. This doesn't even feel like it's from the same author.
Nine Perfect Strangers quickly bond during a 10 day wellness retreat at the remote and highly rated Tranquillum House. Each person has a different reason for needing some extra TLC and a bit of healing. The exotic, beautiful owner and her loyal staff know just how to reach each and every guest to ensure their stay is truly life changing….or do they? This retreat will definitely produce some changes, but are they the ones these clients have been hoping for?
The more you learn about Frances, Tony, Jessica, Ben, Carmel, Lars, Heather, Zoe and Napoleon, the more you will fall in love with each and every one of them. There is sadness, depression, anxiety, animosity, insecurity and love….always love.
Pros: A particularly heart wrenching story line was handled beautifully. Mixed with humor and a bit of romance...this book has it all.
Cons: Some highly unlikely scenarios occur...so what...it’s fiction...just sit back and enjoy!
I have loved most of Moriarty’s books and I feel she is back on track with this one.
I love Liane Moriarty's books but this one was definitely not her best. It still entertained me thought.
This book had great potential in the beginning. It dragged in the middle, then became bizarre and had too much of a fairy tale ending “.....and everybody lived happily ever after”.
Not a book I would recommend.
I kept hoping I would like this book. But now I can't wait to get it back to the library. Bummed I wasted my time on it. I've enjoyed her other books, but this one is a dud.
Not my favorite Liane Moriarity novel by a longshot. It was okay. Just okay. The only characters I liked were Frances and Zoe. I think the epilogue was more interesting than [most of] the book itself.
Could not get into this book. Read up to chapter 10 but could not hold my attention. Plot slogged on and on....Not good for me.
I have read most of Liane Moriarty’s previous books and really enjoyed them. This one I didn’t enjoy at all. I had a hard time getting through it.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Another great book by Lianne Moriarty --- nine "perfect strangers" go to a luxury wellness center & they all bring their own "baggage". The Director also has her own baggage, which unfolds as the story develops. There is an element of suspense & psychological thriller.
A lot of twists & turns makes this a true "page turner".
Who could guess that nine perfect strangers who up and decide to go on a "wellness retreat" would come with extra baggage? This book slowly and enticingly unpacks it all as the guests of Tranquillum House are led by Masha, an expert in physical, mental, and emotional transformation, on a path towards ultimate enlightenment. But their fascinating host has some secrets of her own and that's when things get really twisty.
This book has a little bit of everything, which makes sense with so many key players. It's deep, poignant, creepy, funny, suspenseful. By the end was I trying to nail down what this book is *really* about and I landed on human connection and how we each are affected by tragedy, and conversely, love.