Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Nine Perfect Strangers

Book: Nine Perfect Strangers
Author: Liane Moriarty

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out...-Goodreads

Review: Nine strangers (well, really a family of 3 and 6 strangers) all go to Tranquillum for various reasons: lose weight, gain self confidence, repair a strained marriage, grieve, etc. Little do they know that Masha, the owner and guru, has very unorthodox ideas about treatment. Unlike other Moriarty books, there is no big mystery anyone is trying to solve here or a big event the book is leading up to. Readers expecting this will be disappointed because the book isn't plotted like that. It's basically the journey of these people over the course of their 'treatment' and a brief chapter of what happens afterward. 

Told in multiple narratives, the first (and strongest IMO) is Francis, a romance novelist who has recently been catfished. Francis is a "love her or hate her" type personality and I.....loved her. I thought she was really funny and wanted to see how she ended up. The family of 3 (Napoleon, Heather and Zoe) had a surprisingly touching story that actually caused me to tear up towards the end. 

Overall-this is super cheesy without a defined plot, but it worked for me. A perfect summer read!

Grade: 4/5 

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