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 am definitely a fan of Liane Moriarty! I decided to listen to this book after listening to a pretty intense trilogy right before. I really loved how I got to know each character in this story, even the stalker!
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.
Editor for over 25 years, for 35 books in the R.E. appraisal area & CEO of my own small biz. Got my MFA in creative writing at age 67. :D
This Aussie author does a wonderful job with plot line, character development, epiphanies, and resolutions. Not as profoundly moving as The Husband's Secret, but very good in its own right. Warmly recommended!
I've read every book she's written (except for the anniversary-- may read it next ) and I have loved every single one. This one is no exception. Great story, characters, writing and narration. She is incredible!
I was intrigued by the story and loved the interwoven elements of love in different forms that wound throughout the story. I came to understand and empathise with Saskia while at the same time I wished that Ellen wasn't always so perfect. I liked that the story was not a typical theme for romance.
Another great story by Liane Moriarty. Terrific female characters, witty vernacular, and a story with a nice tidy ending...just as I like it. Multiple mentions of characters from other stories by Ms. Moriarty and lovely and honest inner dialogue.
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