Addicted to Audible!
Liane Moriarty is my new favorite author. After listening to, The Husbands Secret, I decided to try another of her books and I enjoyed this one even more. The concept of waking up and thinking you are 10 yrs younger was fascinating to me. It made me examine my own life and think about what my 10 or 20 or 30 yrs. younger self would think of me now. I like the way the author builds suspense and keeps us guessing. She is great at building realistic characters and tells the story from many viewpoints. It's also interesting how one of the main characters is deceased. The narration was great. I highly recommend this book and my book club is reading it this month, so far the reviews are great!
My rating is closer to a 2.5, but some one with higher sentimentality may rate it higher. I would recommend to anyone who has gone through serious marital disputes and for anyone who has had difficulty with motherhood with the clause that they have walked away from these challenges with fairy tale endings.
The performance was what kept me through the lulls in this book.
All the characters weave the story line but however endearing the grandmother and her boyfriend's part may be extra.
Most people enjoy a happy ending, but I prefer one that would have delivered a stronger Alice. There are some wonderful times of introspection by the characters. At these times the book sparks inner reflection as well - at the things we should keep, those we should change, and those we need to learn to accept. At these times the characters - Alice and her sister - made me feel like I had two allies. This is all undone at the end. The story seems to convey "life doesn't always turn out as expected" and "that's okay" but the end betrays it all.
Probably not, there are too many books out there that I want to read. Although, I loved this book, if I read it again, I would know what was coming, which is not fun for me.
No, but, I have read Liane Moriarty's books before. I have enjoyed most of them.
Overall I thought this book was very good. I loved the idea and it made me think many times how it would apply to my own live. I really enjoyed all the characters and it gave a good insight into couples struggling with infertility.
The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that the ending should have been better. I liked HOW it ended but I think the detour it took to get there should have been left out. Especially when she says that everything might have ended the same way without the memory loss - I felt a bit cheated , then what was the point of the whole book/situation.
Overall I don't regret reading this book it was very entertaining and gave me some food for thought.
The reader was good but it took me a little getting used to her voice.
I must have been expecting a more profound enlightening from Alice. I picked this book because I wanted to be encouraged by a story of a wife and mom coming to appreciate what she has after loosing then regaining her memory. That did not happen. I'll not be reading anymore from this author. I don't enjoy her type of suspense or how she beats around the bush to finally reveal what was obvious hundreds of words ago. She also goes on and on about something mediocre then breezes past topics of universal importance like parenting.
Finally, if your sensitive to the topic of infertility don't read this book. The way the author talks about it made me cringe for those who may be sensitive to the subject and unknowingly get into this book.
Though this wasn't my favorite Liane Moriarty book, I can't deny that the woman can write. I love the elements of mystery that she adds to her books, and I think the way she builds a story is really addictive. What Alice Forgot had some flaws, but it was worth a listen.
Let me start with the more innocuous criticisms...
First, I didn't think that Frannie's letters really added anything to the story. The story could have been more captivating and quick-paced, but there were some slower and slightly boring parts (like these letters) that dragged it down a bit. Also, I just had a hard time liking Nick. I get that amnesiac Alice thinks he hung the moon, but current Nick seems like an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk. And I didn't see enough character development with him to really change my opinion as the book progressed. Also, in terms of character development, I really don't get all the reviews that praise the complex and unique personalities that Moriarty created for the three children. They were typical, ancillary child characters who I didn't really get to know nor get to care much about. I think this is in stark contrast to the wonderful job she did developing the characters of the children in Big Little Lies (Ziggy and Abigail in particular).
Now for the more frustrating, glaring issues I struggled with while listening to this book...
Okay, a woman has lost 10 years of her memory and, though she doesn't go around wearing that fact on a sandwich board, it seems that everyone around her continues to forget and/or ignore this. I got really tired of people assuming she remembered stuff that happened over the past few years even though her amnesia had been made clear to those around her. Everyone seemed to assume that it was perfectly normal to expect that Alice's life -- in its current state -- would just continue on as usual despite her memory loss. The hospital nurses and doctors didn't even seem very alarmed by her 10 YEAR loss of memory. She didn't even make a follow-up appointment. I really hope I'm not wrong when I say that seems incredibly unrealistic. Nick is told, over the phone, that Alice has lost 10 years of her memory. Yet, he still seems totally okay with dropping his kids off with her, alone, without even so much as a check-in with her (and her sister) about her cognitive state before doing so. There were just so many times that I wanted to scream at the characters to take this more seriously.
Finally, and perhaps most controversially, I had an issue with the dramatic implied shift in Alice's personality from age 30 to age 40. We are to assume that she went from being a go-with-the-flow, laid back, non-feather-ruffling little idealist to a harsh, precise, incredibly type-A alpha-mom. Now, I get that having kids and experiencing relationship shifts and changing social roles would likely cause one's personality to alter to some degree. However, implying that a person's fundamental temperament would change that drastically from age 30 to age 40 is highly unrealistic. As a developmental psychologist, I just couldn't get behind that implication.
As the book took place in Australia, it was nice to hear it narrated by an Australian. I think this made it easier to become immersed in the story.
Ironically I listened to the story, while I had a head injury myself. I wasn't allowed to look at screens or read, so I listened to this audiobook, without knowing what it was about. Really loved the story and how it was read. Definitely reminded me that my injury could have been worse. haha
I love, love, love reading and am absolut addicted to audio books since I started my first one in 2010. What a great way to enjoy the day.
I had some trouble getting into the story... Most likely because the narration did not really grip me and a lot of times I had a hard time focusing on the story if I tried to listen while doing something that needed attention too (baking and such). But I love the voice and the way how Tamara Lovatt-Smith carries you through the story, she has a good voice and now - after listening to the whole story it will be hard for me to find a new book.
I love love love the story... I normally would rather listen to quite different stories but for some reason that title caught my eye and so I bought it.
And I did not regret it one minute. So many moments I (a mother and wife myself) can identify and connect with. It made me laught sometime, sometimes rather sad and a lot of times I though... "O boy, better check my attitude ;). I am not good or experienced with writing reviews (you never would probably guessed 😂), but what I want to say: I really can recommend this book and hope you will like it as much as I did!
So often when listening to a book, I notice that while I may be enjoying it, I'm not biting at the bit to get back to it. This is not one of those books! I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the story, the characters, and the performance...This is my first Liane Moriarty book and I am a fan!
The story was interesting, had depth, and was woven well.
This book is different from The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. It was more heartfelt and not as light or funny. I enjoyed the mature look at kids and marriage. The plot was interesting. I was never sure how it would end up.
Not that much. I didn't love her as the narrator. I like Carol Lee, who does Big Little LIes and The Husband's Secret, better. It was fine. I am also spoiled by Devina Porter..
I wouldn't. The title is perfect!