Norma, Lindsay and I have decided to take our love of reading in a group to Instagram and we have now started hosting group reads there. For one of our first exciting and fun group reads on Instagram Norma and I read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty with a few bookstagramers. We loved this one and it was a surefire winner for us that left us cheering after reading it. On a suggestion from members, we also read this one in our Traveling Friends Goodreads group. Our Traveling Sister and close blogging sister Kim, joined us cheering for this one in both groups. Today we are sistering up with her on this post. So please pop on over and check out her review @It’s All About The Thrill.
In our Instagram group, we hosted an ongoing discussion, and this really made for a very interesting and fun discussion as we swapped theories, shared some of our favorite quotes that left us laughing out loud and cried together over some of the scenes in this story. A couple friends who read this one already joined in on our discussion. Now things were interestingly different in the Goodreads group and overall friends were left in the over-the-top and off the rails coulee.
Brenda’s review and thoughts into our group reads.
Nine Perfect Strangers started off strong for me and a few other friends in both groups. We instantly loved one of our main characters Frances and a few of us could really relate to her. Liane Moriarty had us starting off laughing out loud as we met our nine perfect strangers. Now all of them are not strangers to each other as there is a family and a couple.
Liane Moriarty does a great job here creating some different strangers with different backgrounds each dealing with their own conflicts. We get a glimpse into their inner thoughts and see their insecurities and their feelings or assumptions into each other. Really making that an interesting part to each of their POVs.
Things do take on a more serious tone when we learn more about why some of our characters are on this retreat and at times I was left in tears, now some of you know I am not a crier and Moriarty really was able to capture some real like emotions here with these characters for me. This is where I thought her brilliant writing came in. She had me laughing one minute and crying the next but not at the expense of some of the serious topics she explored. I thought the humor relief was done well here and paced well where it was needed.
Now where this story went a little sideways for some us I thought was very brave of Liane Moriarty to tackle and we could see how that paid off for her for some of us but not for others in our groups. She introduces a part to the storyline not yet explored in any stories I have read before. I applaud her for taking that risk.
Now I will admit things did get a little over the top towards the ending and I did start to get a little worried. I can certainly understand how this left some of our members feeling this one went over the top and off the rail for them. In the end, it all worked for me and a few of us. We highly recommend.
“It’s just a story!” ……and oh boy what a story it was!
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought-provoking and yet so humorous to read. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of these quirky characters. I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping out loud in shock for the pain that some of these characters were suffering.
LIANE MORIARTY delivers quite the fascinating, intriguing, vulnerable, lifelike, and beautifully written read here with quirky and realistic characters, a brazen and dynamic premise and an extremely spellbinding and enthralling storyline.
What really stood out about this novel for me was how realistic and raw these characters were written. I could see myself and others in probably every single one of these characters in this story. I thought the inner thoughts and dialogue was absolutely spot on.
I absolutely loved the way that this novel made me feel and yup, in the end, it gave me that warmth and satisfying afterglow that I seek in my books.
Cover: Simply beautiful, natural, effective & purely Moriarty! P.S. – Do you see an outline of a woman’s body on the cover?
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline. The nine guests were perfectly imperfect!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, witty, intelligent and smart.
Plot: Intriguing, clever, thought-provoking, suspenseful, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.
Ending: Clever and totally satisfying. Loved the progressive timeline.
Overall: An extremely enjoyable & entertaining read that had me totally engrossed from start to finish! Would highly recommend!