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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.

NEW AUDIO AS OF AUGUST 2020

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

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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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Disappointing

Was really disappointed with this book as have loved every other book the author has written. The story took far too long to get going and just as it started to improve, went completely nonsensical. Generally, the whole thing was far too long. Also the narrator wasn’t great. Very slow and very nasal. Not like her normal style at al.

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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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Not as good as her others

I really like Liane Moriarty, and have loved her other books but this didn’t do it for me. It may have been me, maybe not in the right head space for it, but sadly my overriding feeling when listening to this was wanting it to end! Never a good sign. It was a bit like one of those action movies when you think the whole exhausting ordeal is over, and then the protagonists get off the boat/plane/bus only to get on a hijacked train. Thought it was over several times - at one point realising still five hours to go! Sorry Liane, as I say, maybe just me!

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Boring

I listened to this all the way THROUGH, waiting for something to HAPPEN. it doesn't 😐

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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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Narration so awful couldn’t finish

The story may we’ll be great but it’s the first time I’ve been so put off by the narration that I couldn’t finish. I couldn’t get past chapter 4. It felt amateurish, forced and as if the budget simply wasn’t big enough for this book which is a shame as I’d like to hear the rest of it. I will read instead. Perhaps more than one cast member would have helped. But this is truly an example of what the wrong casting can do to an audio book.

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  • 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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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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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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  • 05-02-19

Not my favourite

I'm a huge Liane Moriarty but I didn't enjoy this book as much as her others.

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  • 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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  • Ashley
  • 28-06-22

Everything about this book is excellent!!!

The performance of the narrator, the storyline, the characters, the dialogue, the transitions from one character to the next! This is the 3rd longest book I’ve ever read in my entire life! I could not put it down! I started watching the show recently and I got so excited seeing the characters come to life!!

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  • 11-10-21

Bad performance

The narrator is tiresome and re interprets characters. All female characters have the same intonation when speaking and the same vocal ticks.

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  • A User
  • 31-08-21

Extremely entertaining

The narrator did such a good job with giving his beautifully written book a sense of sarcastic pizzazz which really enjoyed.

I didn’t particularly love the ending but nonetheless, loved the book and can’t wait to watch the series on Hulu now.

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  • Evie
  • 04-08-21

a great read

This is such a surprising and interesting story. This book is engaging every second and as always I love the narrator!

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  • tanja
  • 19-06-21

A bit of a let down

Tanya

I have enjoyed some of Liane’s books, this one not so much. I found the end, from where they were locked up, to slow. I got the impression that the writer crammed all the character information into the slow paced scene just to get to a nicely wrapped ending. Martha became an animated toward the end. Really...a candle stick and a dagger?? I don’t mind the odd f* word, but I am NOT a fan of it’s use in easy reading. That goes for the “Jesus” and “Christ” too.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-20

Smart and funny!

I really enjoyed this book. It was smart, funny and poignant in parts. A great read.

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  • Catherine Shanley
  • 24-04-20

Let down

I have loved all of Liane Moriarty’s other books. I was really excited about this one but it’s a total shift from her normal gripping storytelling, It dragged on and was hard to follow. The characters weren’t at all relatable and the wild accent of the narrator was distracting. It was an interesting premise and some of the plot lines had value, but overall this book can be skipped.

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  • Judith S.
  • 20-11-19

unprecedented disturbing narration

struggled not to stop. the narrator took over aggressively & ruined the story. i do not feel that i can rate the story