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I kept reading this book long past bedtime. Genuinely laughed out loud numerous times.
Probably my least favourite of hers so far. The storyline was a bit bizarre, though it did keep me turning the pages.
Let me get this straight. 9 individuals check into a retreat / health spa and are given dangerous hallucinogenics without their knowledge or consent. They are then subjected to psychological torture. The abuser is given a short jail term and everyone else lives happily ever after?????? This story is repulsive to me. It justifies torture in the name of science or some "higher good". I guess we could extrapolate that the medical experiments done by the Nazi doctors, especially Josef Mengele were done in the interest of "science" and a greater good. I am sure that some of the people who managed to survive this experience had a "life changing" result and perhaps appreciated life more than they ever had before. Case closed. Torture in the name of science is justified. NOT!! As a clinical psychologist I find the idea that everyone subjected to psychological torture and dangerous drugs goes on the live a happy life is so preposterous that I cannot fathom why an author would even write such a dangerous novel. Many individuals live a painful life subsequent to psychological torture. If someone could have prevented or alleviated that torture it would be criminal not to do so. Yet our perpetrator is free to continue performing her experiments under no supervision. Some research is being done with LSD, psilocybin, MDMA (street name "ecstasy") for treatment of psychiatric disorders . This is being done under medical supervision, with client consent, and is not paired with psychological torture. Not only do I not recommend this book, as stated before, I find its premise obscene. Kristi & Abby Tabby
Tedious read, I skipped along just to get it over with - a quick return. Lots of 'life' I find little interest in hearing about, enough of this crappe abounds on TV.
I didn't think I would like this book, because I'm not drawn to popular "thrillers," but I did like it. I borrowed it from the "Lucky Day" section at the the library, and came back to it three times before completing it... so, I stuck with it. I liked how the author brought the story to a resolution and tied up the loose ends from the characters' lives... and there were a lot of characters in this story. The book had elements of horror, and quite a bit of humor, too. I can see why Liane Moriarty is such a popular writer.
Great start, well most of the book, then seemed to get lost, plot fizzled. But I liked her writing and will give other books a try. An easy read.
Not her best. Just had to plow through to the end to see hownshe wrapped it up
Not my favorite of hers, but still a decent read. It definitely kept me in suspense, but I was still waiting for more to happen. Think I wanted a greater backstory for all the characters, except Frances, where there was too much of the story centered around her.
I liked this book...good characters,really different plot with several twists. I thought it was a satirical view of what "therapy" is and who are the "professionals " who give the therapy. An entertaining read.
I was with her throughout most of the book but I hated the weird turn it took near the end, and the ending is atrocious. It's a breezy read, though.
Was really into the book, thought there was a good "story" behind it...didn't care for the end!
Read in audio format/CD. It's a hoot! It kind of reminded me of a Carl Hiassen story except instead of the swamps of Florida, it's in the barrens of north Australia, except with a beach view. Strangers get to know each other at a retreat as nefarious things are imposed on them by the spa-owner-and-minions. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a late 2018 best-selling non-fiction bestselling author twist, which I'm not revealing because it was fun to guess and be surprised.
I found Moriarty’s latest book disappointing. It didn’t cause the “I must know Now!” reaction I had with her other books. It was tepid and I was disappointed in the plot, although some of the characters were endearing.
I got to a point in the story that took a very nasty twist and did not read beyond that. Disappointed in the story.
Nine people sign up for (much more than they bargained for) a spiritual/emotional/physical retreat in an idyllic setting. What they're ultimately faced with is something only slightly off-centre that rapidly becomes much weirder than anyone could have expected. How they cope with their 'retreat' and the woman heading it is the crux of the story. An Australian writer who is excellent at depicting a variety of personalities with a lot of humor and compassion, this is an excellent quick read that's hard to put down.
Well if I could give this book a higher rating than 5 stars I would. Great story, great characters, humourous and touching. And the reader, who is not the author, made it even better. She was perfect!
I chose the audio book format for "Nine Perfect Strangers". It wouldn't be fair for me to put a star rating, as I listened to very little of this book.
Why do people who know how to write, think that they know how to read professionally? I am pretty sure that the author read her own book, and she is no reader. Each word is almost separated by a pause, almost like a kid who is learning how to read, the cadence is very staccato. And her very strong Australian accent, makes listening and sometimes deciphering a strain on the ears. Please give your novels a chance and hire a professional reader to make the most of your books next time Ms. Moriarty.
Australia! The noble silence.
Sooo long and draggy. Could hardly believe it was the same author whose books are usually captivating. Started skimming halfway through so I could just get to the end to find out what happened to the characters but it was a slog.
Very disappointing from this normally good author. It was predictable and very boring. Hope her next book rates up to her ability.
In my opinion, this is just ok. Not near as good as any of her other books. Really drags in many places. The main character was not very likeable.
Guaranteed to make you want to stay up all night and read. 9 people go to a health resort and you get to go inside the reasons why. Be ready for some surprises as the retreat takes several unexpected twists and turns. Sure to be a fun movie.
I really enjoyed this offbeat and quirky story. Draggy in a few spots but otherwise an enjoyable read by a consistently good author.