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
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 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.
I am a HUGE Liane Moriarty fan after reading "Big Little Lies" and "The Husband's Secret." I think since those were my introductions to this author, I almost expect every story to come to a screeching halt when a mind-blowing twist is revealed. You won't get that here, and that's what makes Moriarty such a unique story-teller. She always has a new story to tell.
I loved the calming narration and the straight forward story telling. The parallel's drawn between the hypnotist and Saskia, the other female protagonist, really propels the story. The characters are all richly drawn. Their emotions are human and real, which makes them all complex.
Lovatt-Smith's narration makes you feel like you are wrapped in a warm blanket the entire time.
Once the story had concluded, I sat in my car and just felt satisfied. Each character had reached their resolution, and it goes to show that no matter our past, our future can still be full of opportunity.
Not a mystery like some of Moriarty's other works, but I was desperate to see how it would end. That is the mark of a good story teller.
I loved this book as well as the way it was performed. Very imaginitive story, as always with this writer, and very well structured. Also an excellent insight into women's psyche.
The characters are believable and the story held my interest. I often find myself annoyed when a character decides not to tell someone when something potentially dangerous happens. It does create suspense but It makes a character seem less sympathetic. I will recommend this book to my women friends.
Any time I finish listening to a good book I get this sad feeling, it's like to say goodbye to a dear friend who is leaving. Liane moriarty' s books leave me with such a feelings. I almost read all her books, she makes you love her characters, good and not so good ones. All her stories show you there is no black and white in life, there is good and bad in everybody and anybody can make mistakes.
I wish I had this much talent to write.
This book was very pleasant to listen, Tamara Lovatt Smith is one the the best narrators I listened to, her voice is really calming, sometimes I felt hypnotized while listening.
I hope I'll see future books by the author and the narrator together again.
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