Liane Moriarty became a household name with the release of Big Little Lies; both the novel and the hit television show on HBO. A few years later, her next novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, was announced and everyone was dying to know what the mastermind behind one of the most explosive novels would do next. What us Moriarty fans received was a tightly wound and complex locked-room mystery, with a vivid cast and a storyline that only Moriarty herself could pull off. Nine Perfect Strangers is about an enigmatic woman who runs a health resort where nine strangers come to work on themselves. As each storyline progresses, these strangers wonder what secrets this resort is really hiding. With the series adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers releasing on Hulu on August 18th, here are some books to binge on between episodes.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Also a miniseries on Hulu, Little Fires Everywhere is a story about two very different families in Shaker Heights, a suburb outside of Cleveland. Elena Richardson is the picture-perfect mother who isn’t afraid to crack the whip with her family and her neighbors when it comes to keeping the image of Shaker Heights immaculate. Soon, a single mother and artist named Mia and her daughter Pearl move into town and rent a house from the Richardsons. Mia carries a mysterious past and Elena begins to get closer to the truth as Pearl becomes friends with the Richardson children. When a family friend of the Richardsons attempts to adopt a Chinese-American baby, the tension and sparks fly between Mia and Elena—and no one in this idyllic town is prepared for the aftermath.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Laurel has been dealing with the disappearance of her fifteen-year-old daughter Ellie for a decade. Ellie was the perfect daughter who had her whole life in front of her, and since her disappearance, Laurel’s marriage crumbled and Ellie’s case has become cold. When Laurel meets Floyd at a coffee shop and the two begin dating, Laurel thinks she is finally starting to move on and create a new life for herself. That is, until Laurel meets Flloyd’s daughter, Poppy. Poppy looks and acts just like Ellie. Bringing up memories of her missing daughter, Laurel not only looks for answers about what happened to Ellie, but who Floyd and Poppy really are and where they came from.
You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
A man wakes up on a beach with nothing in his possession but the swimming shorts on his body and no memory of who he is. Meanwhile, two women are desperately looking for missing men in their lives. Lily’s boyfriend goes missing, and in her search to find him, she realizes that every word he’s said since they met has ben a lie in a desperate attempt to hide his dark past. Maya’s brother went missing with no clues as to where he could have gone, and now he’s back with no memory of who he is or where he’s been. Are the three stories connected, and if so, how?
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters ran away from a small Southern Black community at the age of 16. One sister left to live her life secretly passing for a White woman, while the other lived her life as a Black woman. As the two lives couldn’t be more different, hundred of miles can’t separate these two sisters as their own daughters lives begin to intersect, and the reader is taken on an emotional journey from the Deep South to California from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin
Claire is a musician who gets a new odd job playing music for an infant playgroup ran by the wealthiest women of New York City after her former band becomes an overnight sensation. As Claire gets to know the women who run this group, she finds herself forming surprising connections with the mystifying group of her new friends. When Claire treads farther into forming friendships, she soon realizes each and every one of her new friends are all hiding deep, dark secrets.
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Malcolm Kershaw, a bookseller and crime-fiction junkie, compiled a list years ago of the most unsolvable murders from some of his favorite books in which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” Now, an FBI agent has just come through the door of his bookstore who is investigating a series of unsolved murders that are all seemingly taken from his list. Between being the lead suspect and trying to prove his innocence to the FBI agent, Malcolm now realizes there is a brutal killer that is watching his every move, and may be fully aware of the dark secrets Malcolm is trying to hide from his past.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
A group of college friends meet to ring in the New Year together, a tradition that they have been well into their thirties. With this year’s location being an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands, the group arrives just before a blizzard makes it impossible to leave the lodge, trapping the friends. As the group settles in and the drinks begin to flow, secrets that have been hidden amongst the group for the last decade begin to trickle out and cause some rifts between friends. By New Years Day, one friend will be dead—with someone in the group being the murderer.