Nine Perfect Strangers was one of the top contenders in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 - Fiction Category. The premise of the book seemed interesting and so, I decided to pick it up.
As the title says, it is a story of nine strangers, each with a different background and backstory looking to transform their lives. Their lives get intertwined in ways only the author, Liane Moriarty, could have eloquently narrated through this book.
Tranquillum House, headed by Masha, is a popular health and wellness centre among those looking for recreation and relaxation. It promises to transform the lives of residents within a period of just 10 days. Each of the nine protagonists has a reason of his/her own to check-in to Tranquillum House.
Masha was busy living a corporate life that nearly cost her her life. A Near-Death Experience (NDE) forced her to deliberate her life choices. Tranquillum House was Masha’s attempt to bring her life back on course. Along with Yao and Delilah, Masha aims to turn the lives of all her guests around, just like she did for herself, by understanding and customizing the treatment course for each of its residents. Among its current nine residents are Francis - an author with an existential crisis, nursing a bad back and a broken heart; Ben and Jessica - a young, seemingly rich couple who could really use couple’s therapy; Napolean, his wife Heather and their young daughter Zoe - yes, an entire family who seemed healthy but were consumed with grief; Caramel - a single mom of four with self-doubt and confidence issues; Tony - a former sports-star, and Lars - a hotshot divorce lawyer.
With each chapter in the book, you discover important information pertaining to their Pre-Tranquillum House lives. Their experience at the Tranquillum House starts on a quiet note (quite literally), and as each day unfolds, they are taken through a set of group and individual recreational activities. Each resident even has a customized meal plan! It all seems to be going well until one day, when one of Masha’s particularly unconventional group activity goes south and turns the entire group of nine against her. Masha tries her best to deal with the aftermath. After the 10 day ‘cleansing’ program, could the nine residents truly say that their lives had changed? Was it for better or for worse? That is something you’ll have to read the book to figure out.
Nine Perfect Strangers is an engaging read. The pace of the book is just right and the author beautifully describes the stories of each one of the characters. The plot twists will awaken your curiosity and keep you glued till the end of the book. I personally enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written story.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 19 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Release Date: 4 October 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07G17CPX8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
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