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Nine perfect strangers
2018
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Characters
Frances Welty (Female), Romance writer, Formerly best-selling romantic novelist; has a bad back; and a broken heart
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Thriller
Topics
Challenges
Health
Life changes
Romance writers
Family
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Despite a frustrating check-in experience leading to doubts over whether to stay at Tranquillum House or return home, romance writer Frances Welty is intrigued enough by the remote Australian health resort's owner, staff, and eight fellow guests to stay. Frances ruminates upon the reason(s) the guests, owner, and staff have for attending (and holding) the ten-day retreat. The person who intrigues her the most is the strange and charismatic owner of the resort, but Frances isn't sure whether to put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer, or run while she still can? The book is long, but Moriarty (Big Little Lies) effectively places the listener in Frances's mind. Caroline Lee's nicely paced, clear, distinct speech and British accent suits this Australia-set novel. Lee does an admirable job of differentiating among all characters' voices-particularly male voices and the owner's Russian accent. Verdict Loaded with suspenseful psychological thrills, comedy, and dark humor, this genre-crossing work will appeal to a wide range of listeners as it is a little bit Maeve Binchy, Dean Koontz, and Lisa Scottoline. ["The story drags a bit in the middle, but the last third is on fire, with intense issues and a roller-coaster plot that will leave readers breathless": LJ 11/15/18 review of the Flatiron: Macmillan hc.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Send a motley crew of hurting but comfortably heeled Aussies to a secluded resort for a pricey 10-day "Mind and Body Total Transformation Retreat" and what happens? In this cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner from bestseller Moriarty (Big Little Lies), nothing like the restorative reset they're anticipating. The nine guests at Tranquillum House include middle-aged romance writer Frances Welty, her normal spunkiness shaken by recent personal and professional setbacks, and 20-year-old Zoe Marconi, there with her parents on the anniversary of the family tragedy that shattered their lives. What they haven't reckoned on is Tanquillum House's messianic but precariously stable director, whose secret agenda could be dangerous to their health. It would be unsporting to disclose more about Moriarty's largely endearing cast, since her progressive revelations about them contribute so much toward making this such a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner. Author tour. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> "Narrator Caroline Lee's animated performance brings listeners along as the story changes perspective...Listeners will be hooked as the retreat begins to unravel." -- AudioFile Magazine </p><p> From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies. </p><p> Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty's latest audiobook, nine perfect strangers are about to find out... </p><p>Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.</p><p>Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She's immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don't look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn't even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer - or should she run while she still can?</p><p>It's not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.</p><p>Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her audiobooks a go-to for any listener looking for wickedly smart, unpausable fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.</p><p> Praise for Nine Perfect Strangers: </p><p>"A deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner." -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> "The interwoven stories of a group of guests at a health resort in Southeast Australia are delightfully narrated by Melbourne performer Caroline Lee, who never falters in her characterizations of this varied cast of characters and who works in concert with the author to imbue them with vivid personalities and intriguing interactions." -- SoundCommentary</p>
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