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.
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.
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.
Devoted reader and reading teacher. I don't know what I would do without Audible! Lets me do all my chores and still get my "reading" in!
I've never thought about what it would be like in the mind of a stalker. This book goes back and forth between two women. The hypnotist who has just started a relationship and the woman who is obsessed with the hypnotist's new boyfriend--who is the stalker's ex-boyfriend. As usual, Moriarty's book is witty and engaging. Perhaps not quite as engaging as some of her other books. Still worth reading. If you love Moriarty, just turn your expectations down a notch.
I hate to give my favorite author less than five stars. I have read, loved and embraced all of your books. THLS is the last one I read, if it had been the first it would've been the last.
I felt I was waiting for something, with that being said I could see this as a tv series and, I would watch! hard to explain.
bottom line: every other book you've written I never wanted then to end, THLS ... I couldn't wait to finish.
I admire and adore you Liane and will continue to read everything you write! xox
The layers of emotion of each character
Ellen and her 'self conversations'
no- needed to digest the characters slowly
Another book with great characters that sound so real, entwined with an intriguing story. Loved it!
A big Liane Moriarty fan, I looked forward to hearing this book. It may have been a few chapters longer than it needed to be. I did enjoy the characters tho.
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