‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty – Book Review

One luxury retreat in the middle of nowhere. Ten days in which no one can leave. Nine strangers seeking perfection. And each discovering the perfect lie…

The front cover of this book really gave me love island vibes, but it definitely not like love island at all. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective. When I first started reading the book I got quite confused cos the chapters didn’t link to each other but that was only because you was getting to know the context and background of each character. Once you get more into the book it all links together and then flows from chapter to chapter even with the character changes.

As you’re told from the title the story is about nine strangers: Ben, Jessica, Francis, Tony, Carmel, Lars, Zoe, Heather and Napoleon. There are also 3 other main characters called: Masha, Deliah and Yao. The story is focused on the nine ‘strangers’ who sign up for a wellness retreat to improve a certain aspect of their lifestyle.

With each chapter you begin to learn more about each character, seeing their individual personalities bloom and blossom as the story progresses. Each character/group of characters are facing different issues such as; marriage problems, a family bereavement, career being stuck in a rut and a divorcee wanting to lose weight. But being at this retreat unites them all.

The book is gripping and you get hooked on all the drama that unfolds, I didn’t think I would enjoy it at first but was pleasantly surprised a few chapters later I wasn’t able to put the book down!

I would safely rate it a 5/5, as the ending was even brilliant which I don’t often say about books I’ve read.

So if you’re into books, definitely give this a go! You won’t be disappointed.

My Netflix to watch list

I don’t know about you but during lockdown i watched Netflix more than usual, although I have always loved watching Netflix, more free time meant more watch time. Which in turn, meant I could watch more series/movies.

I personally love reading about what series and films other people watch so I thought I’d do my own. (I do think ive done a post similar to this before, but oh well).

Let’s start off with the series I would recommend:

  • The Umbrella Academy (Season 1 & 2) – if you haven’t heard about it (I highly doubt it as it is super popular) then you definitely need to give it a watch; it might take a few episodes to get into it though.
  • Good Girls – I don’t think this is overly popular but it is really good and quite funny, it’s better than you’d first expect.
  • The Vampire Diaries (all 8 seasons!)- I have loved this series since it first came out on ITV2, I remember I used to watch it when I was younger with my parents, since growing up ive rewatched it twice, once more recently as I kept on seeing it on TikTok so I decided to rewatch all EIGHT season, totally worth it. I would highly recommend this but obviously if vampires aren’t your thing then maybe not… however there are lots of eye candy *cough cough* Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley…the list goes on, so maybe just watch it for them.
  • The Originals (5 seasons) – I’m currently watching this now and am loving it! if you like the vampire diaries you’ll love this!
  • Dynasty – it’s a remake of an old series, I haven’t seen the older version but this one is brilliant. It’s funny, witty, romantic and dramatic.
  • Gossip Girl (xoxo) – this is a classic and i’m actually planning on rewatching it even though I know who the gossip girl is, its just so good.
  • The Witcher – didn’t think I’d enjoy this but I was hooked, would definitely recommend.
  • The Bodyguard – another series I didn’t expect to enjoy but it took me by surprise, also doesn’t hurt that Richard Madden is in it.
  • Emily in Paris – this is very popular at the moment and I have seen mixed reviews but personally I loved it.
  • The Haunting of Hill House/Bly manor – if you like horrors then I would 100% recommend these series; although the second one is not as scary or as creepy as the first its still really good and gripping.
  • The Kissing Booth 1&2 – cheesy feel good movie
  • The Holidate – again, a cheesy feel good movie

As you can see recently I have watched a lot of series and I can’t remember the other films I watched but there was definitely more. I also watched some series that I wouldn’t watch again or recommend to others which are:

  • Big mouth
  • Ratched

and there are some series that I haven’t watched yet but am planning to which are:

  • Lucifer
  • Cursed

What are you watching at the moment and is there anything you’d recommend?