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Summary

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... 

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? 

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

©2018 Liane Moriarty (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Lu
  • 08-10-18

Utterly brilliant! Liane Moriarty does it again!!!

This is gripping from the start. The 'nine strangers' in the title are all characters I was interested in and entertained by throughout. What I love most about L Moriarty's writing is the way she injects dark human and is so unafraid to confront us as readers with extremes. Her observations of human ridiculousness and how we differently negotiate the world and life is spot on.

Caroline Lee has narrated all Moriarty's books (that I've listened to) and she is the best narrator! I imagine her performance brings these books to life exactly how Moriarty intended. If Lee didn't narrate these books I'd miss her hugely. They are a winning team!

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Did not like this book at all

Having read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and really enjoyed them I was very disappointed with this one. I found the characters tedious and the narrative rambling and totally unbelievable. Struggled to finish it

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A long drag...

Far too slow. Narration and storyline. A few funny moments make it almost bearable. skipped at least 15 chapters

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  • femmyd
  • Liverpool, UK
  • 18-10-18

I love Caroline Lee but I didn't love this book!

I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and have read most of her books, my 2 favourites being What Alice Forgot + Big Little Lies. However, this one was very disappointing for me, it really was over-the-top ridiculous. The drug induced trips descriptions were cringe worthy, overstretched and boring. I also found some of the behaviour of the people out of character from their original characterisation. I love Caroline Lee, I think she's a fantastic author and acts out the characters really well but I have to say that the Russian accent was not great, over dramatic and cringy! Come on Liane, don't change your original style by resorting to the ridiculous, go back to the down to earth with a juicy twist, storylines.

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Why is it being read so slowly?

I love these books and have always really enjoyed the narrator - but has she been told to slow down? It’s odd. I’ve been listening at 1.25 speed to get a bit more energy! I’ve only just started so I’m hoping it gets a bit more sparky!

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Average story - painfully slowly read

Disappointed with this after loving the husbands secret. Majority of the novel was spent setting up the characters (which I know is liane’s style) and then the climax was a bit too farcical in comparison to the rest of the novel. I also found the reader of this novel painfully slow. I listened to the whole thing at x1.5 speed as it was so slow.

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Favourite author

I have enjoyed listening to all Liane Moriarty's books, and though would not choose this as my favourite, I thought the central idea very interesting, and the parts that another reviewer said were a bit too farcical a great idea for a movie - so am pleased to see that it is in fact being turned into one by Nicole Kidman! I also thought the interwoven reflections on current social trends and pressures etc a good addition to the storyline, and hope these are handled well in the film version. Can't say I noticed Caroline Lee reading slowly as other reviewers have said, and I'm glad she reads all Liane Moriarty's books :)

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Disappointingly Padded Out

It was a short story padded out with lots of back stories, it reminded me very much of Ben Elton’s “Dead Famous” although in hindsight I feel that was a better read.

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great

This is a winning duo Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee. And this new book is no exeption. Liane Moriarty knows things about human soul that not every writer knows and she puts it in words beautifully. And Caroline Lee reads like nobody else. This audiobook is a rare treat.

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Best book yet!!!

Loved it 😍😍😍this lady can write. Love the characters and was totally gripped all the way through. More please?!? Such an interesting subject with great deep while staying entertaining and funny. My favourite so far!!

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  • Sharon Biran
  • 04-11-18

Don't

I liked her previous books and if you did too I strongly recommend you avoid this one. It got one star because chapters 60 to 80 are are a nice llisten. But getting there was toooooo long and soooooo boring... However, it did help me fall asleep, hence an extra star...

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  • Grace
  • 03-11-18

not her best

Entertaining enough, just it reminds me too m much of a Hallmark family movies concept. Lacks a few interesting twists.