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.
This book had a great narrator. Easy to visualize what's happening. There was great confusion at times when switching characters. But overall I enjoyed the story.
I like to read/listen on my way to and from work...it keeps me OFF my phone and FOCUSED on driving!! ;)
I love Liane Moriarty!! Another great book!! She writes like I think and it's just magical!!
I love this author and have listened to several of her books. I did not like the narration on this one. I could not tell the difference between the voice of Ellen and the ex-girlfriend. Other than that it was enjoyable.
I enjoyed this novel. From the beginning I liked the two ladies who showed you the different perspectives throughout the book. The imagery and family situations were quite believable. The ending was a pleasant surprise. I was sad when this story ended because I had grown quite fond of Saskia and Ellen. The narrator had a lovely voice and pleasant and authentic accent.
Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is clever and witty. This was just a boring storyline compared to her other novels. I love to attempt to figure out an authors pattern of writing. This is pretty difficult to do with Moriarty. The plot wasn't her best by far. I really enjoyed "three wishes; the husbands secret; big little lies; and what Alice forgot." These novels represent her best writings I my opinion.
I'll certainly listen to Liane Moriarty's new book and have really enjoyed her others.
There was not enough change in her voice for all of the characters. I've enjoyed her narration before but found the story to sometimes be confusing without real changes in voices.
I would cut the length not necessarily a character though I didn't find the hypnotist to be convincing. She was silly.
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