“Sometimes your life changes so slowly and imperceptibly that you don’t notice it at all until one day you wake up and think, ‘How did I get here?’ But other times, life changes in an instant with a lightning stroke of good or bad luck with glorious or tragic consequences.”― Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers
I’ll admit, I didn’t even know who Liane Moriarty was until I heard about the Big Little Lies series, but she was a hidden gem. She is a great example of the reason that I got into this in the first place. I wanted a way to find books and authors that I liked so I took something else I loved, movies and television, and applied it to the books. Moriarty is an example of how I was directed to an author and continued to read more because of the series and because of how good the books are.
I first read Big Little Lies (now an HBO series) and then later read What Alice Forgot but neither disappointed and Nine Perfect Strangers doesn’t either. This book is full of different story lines from a grieving family to a love story to someone battling an ego issue. Since the story takes place at a spa retreat that is designed to help people who are suffering with many different ailments and problems, all of the strangers have something that they want to change about themselves. Masha, the owner and leader of the retreat, believes that she is the one to fix them.
This book is full of twists and dark storylines that explore the scariest part of ourselves: our minds. How do they work? What causes us to act a certain way? Can we change those patterns? And do we want to?
I highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing what the series has to offer in the future.