Nine Perfect Strangers

15 CDs. Macmillan Audio. Oct. 2018. 19 hrs. ISBN 9781427299147. $44.99. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarDespite a frustrating check-in experience leading to doubts over whether to stay at Tranquillum House or return home, romance writer Frances Welty is intrigued enough by the remote Australian health resort's owner, staff, and eight fellow guests to stay. Frances ruminates upon the reason(s) the guests, owner, and staff have for attending (and holding) the ten-day retreat. The person who intrigues her the most is the strange and charismatic owner of the resort, but Frances isn't sure whether to put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer, or run while she still can? The book is long, but Moriarty (Big Little Lies) effectively places the listener in Frances's mind. Caroline Lee's nicely paced, clear, distinct speech and British accent suits this Australia-set novel. Lee does an admirable job of differentiating among all characters' voices—particularly male voices and the owner's Russian accent.
VERDICT Loaded with suspenseful psychological thrills, comedy, and dark humor, this genre-crossing work will appeal to a wide range of listeners as it is a little bit Maeve Binchy, Dean Koontz, and Lisa Scottoline. ["The story drags a bit in the middle, but the last third is on fire, with intense issues and a roller-coaster plot that will leave readers breathless": LJ 11/15/18 review of the Flatiron: Macmillan hc.]
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