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
Have you ever met a character you want to smack? This is "the hypnotist", Eleanor. She is so sickeningly sweet and the storyline is so "over-the-top" smultzy, I found myself talking out loud to my iphone "oh come on!" The poor reader is tortured by Ellen's never-ending stream of thoughts and analysis about every single happening and every word spoken by every character. A silly novel with little to offer.
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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!
It was a little long and I think it could have been condensed.
I could see this book becoming a movie. It would should not be a TV series.
This book follows two women. It follows a normal women whom is getting into a new relationship and the man's ex girlfriend who is his stalker. The way I put it might sound like it could be confusing, but the premise is not confusing in away way.
Both women are likable characters. There is no 'WHAT?' moments and it's not a super exciting read, but there are times you laugh or say 'are you serious?' This review might sound contradicting, but that it how I kind of find this book .It was an okay book, but at the same time I enjoyed it. This book had some charm and a unique story that keep me listening to it.
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.
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.
The storyline was created so masterfully. The scene setup was so perfect. I read this book 3 times so I can appreciate how it unfolds, given that I know what happens at the end.
Moriarti is a genius.
I also cannot say enough about Tamara Lovett-Smith. Her voice is magical. I'm hypnotized listening to her.
This book actually made me want to go to a therapist-seriously!
I felt drawn to Saskia
when Saskia befriends Kate
The hypnotists's story (but take out the word love)
a must read/listen
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