Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Nine Perfect Strangers.’

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Hey there! It’s another Monday and well, I’ve read another book. I set a goal to read 75 books this year and as of this weekend, I am on track to reach my goal!

I’m not sure if it comes across on here, but I get very obsessive about reaching goals — enneagram 3 here. Right when I graduated from college (many, many years ago), I started setting annual reading goals for myself.

I think it was in year three of doing that, I was READING ON NEW YEAR’S EVE so that I would reach my goal! I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with reading on New Year’s, but I wasn’t even enjoying it!

I’ve gotten a little bit better about that sort of thing — it’s just an arbitrary goal, really. I read 69 books last year and figured 75 was a good stretch, but obviously 2020 was a bit of a different year 🙂

So, let’s jump into the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club: “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty.

This book came out in 2018, so it’s not new, but I just recently stumbled across it. I’ve read other books from Moriarty, including “Big Little Lies,” “What Alice Forgot,” “Truly, Madly, Guilty,” and “The Husband’s Secret.”

I enjoyed all of them, so when I saw this one, I knew I had to read it.

The book is the story of… nine strangers… picked to live in a house — just kidding. Well, kind of. These strangers meet at a wellness retreat known for its modern ways of helping you relax and resolving problems.

Each chapter focuses on a different character and why they’re going to the retreat in the first place. There’s a romance writer who’s trying to get back to enjoying life, a family overcoming the loss of their son/brother, a couple looking for marriage counseling, and a wellness junkie looking to check off another box — among other characters.

When everyone arrives, it seems to be your standard wellness getaway. There’s a pool, hiking trails, meditation rooms, a gym… but there’s a few surprises no one knew about when they booked their stay.

They’ll be completing five days of absolute silence, along with fasting — minus smoothies that they HAVE to finish — and they have to have a daily blood test.


The strangers uncover more secrets along the way that put them closer together… and pit them against the staff running the retreat.

I won’t spoil the ending.

But, I will say that this book is set to be a miniseries on Hulu sometime this year. I definitely think it will make a good show, as I enjoyed the book.

If you’re someone who enjoys Moriarty’s books… or you like a little suspense (nothing too serious here), I’d definitely recommend this one!

My library reserves have been coming up faster than I planned for and I’ve got a pretty big pile to tackle, so I have a feeling April will end up being a pretty large book month for me. What are you reading?

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  1. ljam2

    Hi! I am currently listening to this book because the Hulu show is coming out soon. I haven’t finished reading it but I was just struck by the thought that maybe each character represented a different enneagram number! I found your review after googling “is nine perfect strangers about enneagram?” I think your article popped up because you mentioned being an enneagram 3. The only conversation I could find about this potential premise for the book was a four year old Reddit thread, but I think they did a pretty good job at determining which character represents which number.
    1 – Napoleon
    2 – Carmel
    3 – Jessica
    4 – Tony
    5 – Ben
    6 – Frances
    7 – Lars
    8 – Heather
    9 – Zoe

    Anyways, I’m dying to talk to someone about this theory and none of my friends really read books or care about the enneagram haha. So let me know what you think.

    1. thebitterlemon

      Hi there! Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I’ll admit, I am pretty new to the enneagram world (I know, I’m late to the game), but I really only know characteristics of 1 and 3… which I do think go with your theory. What are some other traits/happenings in the book that made you think of this?? And I am pretty pumped for the Hulu version to get here 🙂

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