From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a wonderfully fun, insightful novel about the crazy things we do for love.
Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst.
When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all? Actually, that’s kind of neat." She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.
©2012 Liane Moriarty (P)2012 Penguin
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A creative and fascinating plot, read expertly by Tamara Lovatt Smith. Liane Moriarty has a gift for getting dialogue (and inner monologue) exactly right. I highly recommend this book as well as her earlier book called "What Alice Forgot".
I read Liane Moriarty because she consistantly creates fascinating characters, and The Hypnotists Love Story did not disappoint.
At first, the novel seems to be the simple story about the girl who got the guy and lost him, and the new girl that keeps him. But it doesn't take long to realize that Moriatry takes us deeper than that. With quirkiness, humor, and mystery, Moriarty delivers a story of the lengths we go to for those we love, and the emotional cost of losing them.
The loser in this story is a woman who goes absolutely crackers when her partner ends their relationship. She stalks him for a couple of years, and eventually gets to the point of breaking into his home when he is out, and spying on him from the street when he is there. She knows she is out of control, but can't stop. The reader almost begins to root for her as we realize her love for this man and his little boy that she helped raise.
At one point, she breaks into the home of her ex-lovers new girlfriend, bakes biscuits in the woman's kitchen, and then leaves them for her on the front porch as a gift. Hilarious.
Everyone wins in the end, but maybe no one more than the loser. I think she carries the trophy home.
This was my fourth book by Liane Moriarty and it's by far my least favorite. The story was just ok. The alternating points of view were interesting. Unfortunately, she just didn't sell the love story of Patrick and Ellen very well. It was more of an everyday love story than a romantic love story. And there were times that I really wasn't rooting for them to be together. I would definitely recommend What Alice Forgot and The Husbands Secret over this book.
I am definitely a fan of Liane Moriarty! I decided to listen to this book after listening to a pretty intense trilogy right before. I really loved how I got to know each character in this story, even the stalker!
I enjoyed the story to a point. I found that it dragged too long and became tedious towards the end. It could have used a good edit to remove the extra parts that weren't necessary. Took away from a decent story.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Yes, I probably would. This was an enjoyable "girls read". Not the deepest book I've ever read but just enjoyable.
strangely enough, Saskia was my favourite character. I watched as a voyeur as she invaded the privacy of her ex-boyfriend and got a look into the mind of a deeply troubled woman. However, later on in the book, her life took a different turn and I was pleased for her.
I love that hint of Aussie accent.. I'm a sucker for them! She got different voices right even the mens' voices. I enjoyed her performance.
I think I would definitely take Ellen out for dinner. I'd love to know more about hypnotherapy!
Nope... just a quick, enjoyable read. If you're looking for depth and major literary art, this is probably not the book for you. Just a good story.
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I can’t get enough of Liane Moriarty! Sadly for me, I have now read all her books so I must wait for the next release – whenever that will be! I wish she’d hurry up already; I’m already impatient for the next one.
The plotlines in her books are always so complex and twisted… hard to describe! I wish I had a more intelligent review to post other than just: “I loved it!”
How to explain this story? Part page turner, part slice of life anecdote, part stalker-drama, part stream of conscious happenings … whatever you want to call it - I just loved it!
So well written that I was empathizing with Saskia and angry with Patrick. I really wanted Ellen and Saskia to be friends...but as the story progressed I knew that could not happen
How much the characters grew, how much they learned about themselves and others.
nope, great voice, easy to follow, easy to distinguish between different characters
hmmmm....Not What you Think
SPOILERS..Wow, at first I wanted to junk punch and kick Patrick for what he did to Saskia. Then as I understood him and the grief he was suffering I understood. If he had met Ellen first the same thing would have happened.Poor Saskia all that she went through, all that she lost, all the she'll never have... I think Patrick's mother really should have connected with her and kept her relationship with Jack strong. Jack suffered the most because of Patrick's decision. I'm glad she was able to find a life for herself. She spent too much time alone now she finally has support.Really likd Ellen's character, felt that she grew not only as a hypnotist but as a person.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
I never get tired of or am disappointed by Liane Moriarty's writing. She is diverse and thorough with character development and interesting with the plots. Seems like there is a bit of everyone in each of her characters which makes them easy to identify with.
This story centers around two women who love the same man from entirely different directions. I will read/listen to everything she writes and I highly recommend this one.
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