Liane Moriarty treats readers to an unforgettable ride in her book, Nine Perfect Strangers. The novel starts off innocently enough, introducing us to a paramedic named Yao as he attempts to save the life of a patient who happens to be a big shot corporate mogul.
Yao's actions spark a domino effect that eventually impact nine Australian natives who go from perfect strangers, to a close-knit group of friends.
Rating (G, PG-13, MA)
PG-13 (Some adult language and references to acts of self-harm)
Four Out of Four Stars
Nine Perfect Strangers is one of the best books I've read this year. I fell in love with it from the very first page. While the plot is excellent, the foreshadowing just perfect, and the writing smooth as butter... these are not what stole my heart. The one aspect that grabbed my heart were the characters. They were so real it made me wonder, for a few silly seconds (until I got a hold of my imagination), if this entire experience was something that had actually happened to Liane Moriarty! Each character's thoughts and expressions were laced with such heart-breaking honesty that I couldn't help but feel for them. Moriarty evoked an intense empathy from me that made me want to keep turning page after page to see how their story would end up.
Though the book is packed with moments of humor, each of the characters also come with a heart-breaking backstory. And I'll admit that a couple of chapters left me ugly-crying. To watch these nine people grow, change, and adapt to each situation they faced was riveting.
In conclusion, this is one of the most creative novels I've ever read, and I hope some well-known Hollywood producer makes it into a film. I also hope that if you haven't read Nine Perfect Strangers, you get a copy ASAP. I think you're going to enjoy it!
Review By: P.L. Jones