Nine Perfect Strangers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The eagerly anticipated new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind 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 ambience 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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 18 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||18 September 2018|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 172 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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I love that literally Nine Strangers come together at a wellness resort... however as it’s a Liane Moriarty creation, there's a heap of secrets waiting to be revealed and unlike her other reads this was funny!
The premise is so unique, literally nine strangers head off to a health resort, hoping to return home different people. Set in Australia, Tranquillem House is a health and wellness resort that many clients claim transformed their lives. The latest batch of arrivals get considerably more than the diet, light exercise, therapy and spa treatments they had signed up for...
There is plenty of sly humour and wit in Moriarty's story and I just simply can’t say much more without spoilers... however I have to say made me think twice about trying a health retreat!
This is a well wrought satire of health farms. The main character is a failing menopausal romance writer. This allows the story to have a full blown emotional tinge. The rest of the characters are stereotypes of perfection with failings as in a Greek tragedy. Even to the rescue.
I do not have a reason for the number of people being nine except it works. As does this book on many levels.
Each of them are looking for the kind of break that will provide all the necessary requirements for the ultimate rest and relaxation package, with no pressure to do anything other than heal and detox.
Each in turn discovers that an idyllic place in the country called Tranquillum House Health Resort has a ten day package which offers everything they hope for and more, from guided meditations and mindfulness, healthy meals, spa, massage, hiking and much more.
Tranquillum House promises to change their lives in ten days.
With relaxation and healing being the main focus of their luxury pamper offer, these nine strangers make their reservations with eager anticipation.
They are all about to embark on a journey which promises to change their lives in ways they could never imagine possible.
Although remote, being several hours drive from the city, initial impressions of Tranquillum House are positive. The house itself being a big beautifully appointed old country home on many acres with plush amenities and stunning views across the countryside. Everything is designed to make for a totally restful and relaxing stay.
Each guest in turn is suitably impressed with the potential of the next ten days spent here.
They all understand that they will be asked to participate in certain activities, such as meditation, yoga and possibly some fasting and so on..so when they are asked to surrender all of their electronic devices such as phones, laptops etc. they are a little resistant to the idea of temporarily having no communication with the outside world. However, they agree that it might be rewarding to have no interruptions to their peace for a short time.
Little do they know just how challenging the next ten days will be.
This story felt like the climb on a roller coaster, where you ascend slowly to the top, taking in the views and atmosphere on the way up, and then teetering on the top for some time before taking that inevitable plunge.
Is it all just a test of their commitment to this journey, or is it something more sinister? Are they all being held captive…or just captivated?
The story took some surprising twists and turns which this reader was not expecting at all, and didn’t guess at. All in all it was a very compelling read which was hard to put down.
Soon to be released as a television series, I decided to read read the book first, and am of the opinion now that it will make for good viewing. It will be interesting to see how far (if at all) they deviate from the original script.
Filmed on location at an actual Spa in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia, it is made by the same people that brought Big Little Lies to the big screen…which I thought was brilliant…this also looks promising and I look forward to watching.
*Due to be released on August 18th 2021.
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It reads like a v v weak Agatha Christie. The characters are so obvious I almost predicted everybody's background and then as the events unfolded I began to laugh at it. How ridiculous and forced the health resort was and the character of Masha was almost comic.
Sorry Ms Moriarty.....' Can do better'