If you are seeking a thrilling murder-mystery, or anything at all, prepared to be disappointed.
One thing you should not do if you intend to read this novel, is expect it to be anything like Big Little Lies, which I had previously watched – and loved.
Call me harsh, but I found Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty to be a rather flat and boring novel. The TV series didn’t make up for much either, as I couldn’t get past the second episode (I tried).
Based on a Tranquillum House, a 10-day health retreat in Australia, it is full of 9 strangers who are all unique in their own unlikeable, annoying ways.
All seek self-development under the guidance of (mad) Masha.
Each have their own problems consisting of relationship struggles, lost love, loved ones lost, loneliness and body image amongst a few.
As you can guess with any novel, the characters are most indeed not perfect and flawed – for all the annoying reasons.
To me, Masha was portrayed as some holy Angel who would save everyone from themselves, make them feel amazing and maybe a few pounds lighter. The book sells itself as each of them ‘discovering the perfect lie’, although I found some of theirs weren’t too ground-breaking.
It took me just over 4 months to slog through this, but I cannot see what other people see in it. Whilst I did not expect the twist regarding the ‘special smoothies’ that each of the guests consume, it seemed very far-fetched as the act is far too illegal – but that’s the novel I guess.
If you’re going to read this, I suggest you consume one of the smoothies, but then that would make me just as bad as Masha… take from that what you will.
Rating – 2/5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ✨
Genre – Thriller, drama, mystery