Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

First, I have to start out by saying Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. I love Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot, and The Husband’s Secret the most; I’ve read all of her books in regular circulation.

Nine Perfect Strangers features a plot where nine people convene at a remote health spa to spend 10 days transforming their lives. Frances Welty is the main character. She is a famous romance author who had just been jaded by a man who wasn’t who he said he was. The reader gets insight into each character’s struggles and reasons why he or she decided to come to the spa for a transformation.

While Nine Perfect Strangers was entertaining with many interesting and intriguing characters, it definitely wasn’t my favorite book of hers. I would rank it right alongside Truly, Madly, Deeply which I enjoyed reading, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the three I love best.

It was hard to keep the characters’ stories straight because there were so many plus the three that worked at the spa. I had to go back and re-read a few parts to keep the background information straight. I think some of the stories could have been cut to concentrate more on the main characters.

There is a major ordeal about halfway through the book which came out of nowhere. It was a little confusing, and I thought that the characters would have been more angry after the occurrence.

I always enjoy Moriarty’s books and development of characters, but this one fell a little short of the expectation I had for the book.


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