Our most recent Zoella Blook Club read was Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, the author of the best-selling book and now TV series 'Big Little Lies'
Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life. A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world. Ten days that promise to change your life. But some promises – like some lives – are perfect lies . . .
Find out what we thought of the book below!
It was a little slow at first IMO but picked up towards the middle. Moriarty handles the multi-narratives really well, honing in on a few key characters which helps if, like me, you struggle to keep up with what’s going on. Expect signature Moriarty twists – even if they are a little insane. A solid poolside or Christmas holiday read nonetheless.
Rating out of 5 – 3
Would you read it again? Nah
Would you recommend it to a friend? Also nah, Big Little Lies is better
I’ve never read anything else by Liane Moriarty but i’m a HUGE fan of the show Big Little Lies (although never read the book) so I was super excited to read this. Set in a wellness retreat in Australia, run by a woman who had a near death experience, nine guests arrive for a break they most certainly won’t forget. I honestly had no idea where this story would go but was instantly drawn into Moriarty’s characters. When I knew she’d be telling the story from the perspective of nine different spa residents and two of the staff, so eleven points of view in total, I was worried i’d get a bit lost, but she did this SO well. I do agree with the others that this did feel a little slow paced at first and as a lover of twists, turns, thrillers and true crime, I thought it would be a little more gritty than it actually turned out to be. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so will leave it as vague as that, but I did feel the ending wasn’t quite how I’d have liked but overall I enjoyed the book and storyline! I like how real and complex the characters were and the overall journey we are taken on as readers to discover through them what really matters. I found Moriarty’s writing style so easy to get lost in and would love to read more of her books.
Wouldn’t read again
I didn’t really have any expectations for this book as the cover gives nothing away and purposefully tried not to read any blurbs just for the lols. It was a bit tricky to keep up with as the story is told from a whopping 11 points of view but Moriarty does this very well and even though not a lot was going on for the first few days of the retreat I enjoyed her writing style. It’s super hard to review the second half/ending without giving anything away but I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend it, great pool read for sure if you’re going away for some Winter sun!
Wouldn’t read again
Would definitely recommend
This book honestly wasn’t what I was expecting, but MAN were there some twists!! Health retreats are such a big thing now, and to take it down a darker path (albeit a VERY crazy one) makes for a good story. I think the plot was weak in places, but I enjoyed reading how everyone responded differently and dealt with their issues, even if it was an intense way to do so. Definitely an easy holiday read!
Rating out of 5 – 3.5
Would you read it again? Maybe
Would you recommend it to a friend? Yes
I’m a huge ‘Big Little Lies’ fan so I knew this book was going to be a quality read based on those credentials alone. Straight off the bat it had a lot going for it; plenty of intrigue and complex diverse characters, you’ve got; lottery winners, a “has been”, a health junkie and a newly divorcee in the mix all set within the serene setting of a wellness spa, what’s not to like, right? She has a way of making her characters very real and relatable but I have to say I did think the pace was too slow and the twists needed to come a lot sooner to keep me completely hooked.
Wouldn’t read again
I came into this one fresh having never read anything by Liane Moriarty (nor having watched Big Little Lies yet, shockingly), but will definitely be looking for some more, I love her writing style and found it witty and engaging. I like the premise – starting things off with a wellness spa feels like an intriguing modern setting. It was slower than I’d hoped but does eventually pick up, and while I was initially concerned about getting lost in following nine characters, but it was written in a way that allowed you to stay on top. It wasn’t as much of a dramatic mystery as I hoped, but a pleasant read nonetheless.
Would not read again
Would recommend to a friend
I am a fan of Liane Moriarty’s other books (and the Big Little Liars show) so was very keen to read this one! It ended up being not at all what I was expecting – I somehow thought that it would be more of a murder mystery. Instead, we got different character portraits – some of which I found more intriguing than others (I liked Frances’s storyline, but felt less connected to some of the others – especially the main “villain” of the story, who felt a bit like a caricature rather than a real person). Once I got into the main part of the book, I did find myself enjoying it more – although the plot is quite bonkers. By the end, I thought it was clear Liane had an absolute blast writing this book and I found it more funny than I did thrilling or suspenseful. A very fast-paced read and perfect holiday escapism.
Would recommend for a great holiday read!
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What did you think of Nine Perfect Strangers? Let us know below!