My first mid-week post in quite some time, but I’ve actually finished a book within the week rather than on the weekend. I’ve listened to Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty driving around in my car for the last week or so. As you all know that’s my favourite place for book listening and this book has been a pleasure to listen to. I’ve listened to other books by this author and it’s the same narrator for each one. She’s such a good narrator, I find her voice so soothing and she puts across the emotions in the book so well.
Nine people made up of individuals, a family and a couple sign up to a 10 day health retreat for various different reasons. Some people go to lose weight, some for some time out and some to solve personal problems. They all step into the experience having a clear view of the strict rules that Tranquillum House enforce, but none of them are quite prepared for else there retreat will entail.
If you have read other Liane Moriarty books and enjoyed them, this book won’t disappoint you. It’s another great, easy going, indulgent read that delivers exactly what you want from a chick lit book. It’s got relationships, drama, emotions, humour and keeps you gripped throughout.
There are some big characters in this book so I find it difficult to pick a favourite. I loved Francis just because she seemed like fun and didn’t seem to give a hoot about what anyone thought of her. I also loved Ben and Jessica’s characters because I found them hilarious (maybe that’s me being judgy). Napoleon, Heather and Zoe were probably my least favourite characters as I just felt like their story was milked a little. To begin with I was very empathetic but then I thought it just went on a bit much.
All in all, this was a great chick lit book and came at the right time for me as the last several books I’ve read have been quite serious and sometimes difficult to digest. This would be the perfect beach read book!
“She generally felt that the advice she offered was superior to the advice she received. Other people’s problems were so simple; one’s own problems tended to be so much more nuanced.”
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty