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
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
The only thing I would change was the would be the exchange between the characters. The story changes points of view between Ellen, the hyptnotist. Who is now involved with Patrick, and Saskia, Patrick's ex who is now stalking him.(Saskia even goes as far as to become a secret patient of Ellen's practice.)The narrator never says "Saskia" or "Ellen" so the listener never knows who's talking at the time. She just glides from person to person. So I had to listen closely to figure out who is talking. This made the story hard to follow and annoying, for almost the first half of the story. Until the characters really developed.
I think the biggest momment is when Saskia breaks into Ellens home in the night and the big confrontation. Up until then, Saskia always kept her distance.Except for being her secret patient, of course, And this was a big turning point in the story.
I liked the story as a whole. These are two women that I had an immediate empahy with. They're real, and failible. With real insecurities. Two girls that otherwise would probably be friends. As I stated before, I just didn't like how the reader slide from one character to the other without a pause.
Maybe, I would love the find out what happened to Saskia, and if she actually finds a love of her own.
Overall, a good story. Just listen closely.
I'm not a re-listener, but I truly did enjoy every minute of this book.
Ms. Moriarty creates such likable characters, with interesting jobs and lives. She's downright funny, but there were many poignant moments as well.
I have not, but would in a heartbeat after hearing her in this one.
There were several - it was so easy to identify with the characters, each in a different way.
I really like the story and I like the way the author writes. I liked her other book as well. I was very sad when it was over.
This book was wonderful for a person like me. Highly analytic and fun to read! I love books where there is no villain and no heroin, no black and white, and this book delivered. I loved the characters and loved that I could relate to both! Although Saskia was a very exaggerated bitter ex-girlfriend, I found myself really relating to her! I loved the book, its emphasis on the power of perception and living in the gray area of life. Beautiful!
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 would most definitely recommend this book to friends because it is a fun and sweet love story. It isn't your usual fluff. Moriarty has such a great way with words.
They all had their good traits but I would have to say The Hypnotist was my favorite character with all of her talents and quirks, you can't help but pull for her.
I love the scenes from the beach where she starts to see a future with a family of her own.
The most memorable character would be The Hypnotist but her stalker was intense and also memorable. It is hard to chose.
I have become a big Moriarty fan. Especially on audiobooks when Tamara narrates the story. Her voice is like silk. I can't wait for the next one with this team!
Fun and quirky characters make for a charming read. Great scenery in Australia makes a dreamy ambiance. Narration was wonderful too!
An easy to follow, entertaining, fun listen. I could not wait to get back to my earbuds.
The Hypnotist, to have a session!
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
I HAVE ONLY READ THE AUDIO VERSION.
MAYBE. I THINK THE STORY WAS INTERESTING. DEPENDS ON THE STORYLINE.
SHE WAS EASY TO LISTEN TO.
TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS
I FOUND SASKIA TO BE A SYPATHETIC CHARACTER AND SHE MADE THE BOOK MOST INTERESTING.
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