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Nine Perfect Strangers: the Great Read I Expect

cover of nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers

Written by Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers is a perfect example of the excellent writing I have come to expect from this prolific author.

There is a reason she is as successful and as popular a writer as she is. She is one of those writers it’s such a pleasure to read because you know you going in you are in good hands. You can pick up any of her books and sink happily into the story she is telling while she masterfully leads you through to the end. 

Original cover of Nine Perfect strangers

As with her other books, Nine Perfect Strangers left me perfectly satisfied with the time I devoted to devouring it.

Whatever topic she is grappling with, Moriarity writes in a way that makes her characters before fascinating and inherently familiar as we find ourselves identifying with parts of each of them.

The disillusioned executive who throws off her old mantle to embrace a new, healthier lifestyle.

The romance writer whose insecurities are so easy to relate to. The mother of four who was left by her husband and now doesn’t know what to do next.

The family grappling with a tragedy no one should ever have to go through. Their details make them interesting, but their universal emotions make them oh so relatable.  

It’s easy to see why Hulu wanted to adapt the book into a mini-series. Like her most famous work, Big Little Lies, which was made into a show on HBO, the pace and excitement of this book gives a filmmaker lots of room to tell the story visually.

New HBO cover of Nine Perfect strangers

That being said, if you want to watch the series, I do highly recommend you read the book first. There are enough twists and turns that you would be robbing yourself of those “aha!” moments if you didn’t. 

As a reader, I am very grateful Liane Moriarty is prolific as she is, and that I can likely look forward to many more books by her.