Rating – 5 out of 5
In Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, nine people attend a wellness retreat seeking rest and relaxation. What they do not realize is that they are in for the experience of their lifetime. The methods and services at the Tranquillum House have always been unique, but with a new program, Frances Welty and the other 8 relief seekers have many surprises in store.
“The lowest point of your life can lead to the highest.”
― Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers
Why I liked Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I saw Liane Moriarty at a book event for this book back in November, and I remember her saying something to the effect that this was the best book that she had written. I would have to agree with that assessment. This book went to places I was not expecting, but still had Moriarty’s signature empathy and good story telling. If you ever have a chance to go see Moriarty speak in person, go do so. She is thoughtful and connects deeply with her work and with the experience of being an adult woman, in ways that I have found show through in her work. Truly an amazing author and one of the best story crafters of her generation.
This book takes a twist about half-way in that I won’t spoil, but suffice it to say, was rather shocking and caught me off guard. I was expecting some drama, after all this was the author that brought us Big Little Lies, but what I found was an amazing tale of intrigue, twists and turns and eventually a good ending (they must all have good endings, right? That is the western way). As always, the writing was superb, the cast of characters interesting and terribly human, but the crowning achievement of the book is taking us down a path that we could not expect and showing us how to walk through that experience with grace and dignity. Nine Perfect Strangers shows us how the strangers in our lives are not so strange, but often are quite like us.
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