Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Perfect lives or perfect lies? The unputdownable Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club pick, from the author of HBO's award winning Big Little Lies
'A super-suspenseful page-turner' Mail on Sunday
From the back of the book:
Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life.
A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world.
Ten days that promise to change your life.
But some promises - like some lives - are perfect lies . . .
The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other. Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined. For behind the retreat's glamorous facade lies a dark agenda. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them . . .
I had no idea what to expect when I started this fun, well-written story. The first person narrative changing with each chapter kept things interesting and made it easy to picture the different characters' personalities. I thought it would be a creepy suspenseful book, but it was more of a strange, twisted read with a bit of light-heartedness thrown in. The main character, Frances, was especially entertaining and I enjoyed her non-stop, neurotic inner monologue.
So although this won't make you reach for the tissues or provoke any particularly deep thoughts, I appreciated the book for what it was. I would definitely take this on holiday with me to read on the beach (when we're allowed to do that again!) and would not hesitate to pick up another one of Lianne Moriarty's books.