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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam; Reprint edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039915910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159107
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Hypnotist’s Love Story is an intensely absorbing, excellently written tale that turns Fatal Attraction on its head—finally! Told with wit, charm, empathy, and plenty of suspense, you’ll regret turning the pages so fast to find out how it ends. Loved it!” — Sarah Strohmeyer, bestselling author of Kindred Spirits and The Cinderella Pact


“Spellbinding! Reading Liane Moriarty is like spending the afternoon with a wise, witty, comforting friend. I could not put it down!” —Beth Harbison, author of Always Something There to Remind Me

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of What Alice Forgot (Amy Einhorn Books, June 2011) and two other novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which were published around the world and translated into seven languages. She is also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children. 

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Great story line, I did not want the book to end.
Elaine S.Pope
There was really no action or much of a plot..it was just kind of a mildly interesting story.
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The story line was very interesting and the characters were believable and well developed.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder on November 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Hypnotist's Love Story is the 4th novel by Australian novelist, Liane Moriarty. The hypnotist is Ellen O'Farrell, actually a hypnotherapist who helps clients deal with addictions, phobias and confidence issues. Ellen falls in love with Patrick, but before the relationship goes far, he warns her he is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend, Saskia. Ellen finds that she is more intrigued than frightened by this, and in fact, would love to meet her. Saskia, however, has been posing as one of Ellen's clients, and has a more intimate knowledge of Ellen's relationship with Patrick than either of them is aware. As events unfold, Ellen, who believes herself to be an upstanding, moral, compassionate person, finds herself tempted to act unethically. She also discovers, to her surprise, that she has to work at her relationship with Patrick. Ellen is perhaps a little over-analytical, and her thoughts certainly provide some humour in the story. Saskia's tale is told in the first person, giving the reader the stalker's perspective on this sort of behaviour, and this was a very interesting and powerful aspect of the story. Moriarty gives us an imaginative plot that explores hypnotism and stalking (of course), as well as touching on addiction, obsession, internet dating, falling in love, professional ethics, the power of the press, knitting and the effects of pregnancy hormones. There are characters to love, hate, admire and laugh at, and the dialogue is just what you hear at the local café, bar or supermarket. Ellen had me snickering, giggling and laughing out loud from the start. This romance with a hint of psychological thriller had me hooked from the first page, and I look forward to reading more of Liane Moriarty's work.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Craven on June 20, 2012
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I discovered this author a few months ago (What Alice Forgot) and read all three of her previous books in a row. She writes the most unusual storylines which are completely captivating. "Chick Lit" it may be... but it is GOOD chick lit! Unusually for me, I pre-ordered The Hypnotist's Love Story (thats how confidant I was that I would enjoy this one as much as the others... and it did not disappoint) and read it in two sittings. As previously with this author, I lost sleep because I just HAD to keep reading to see how it all turned out. The trick in this one is how she makes you see the story from every character's point of view (some sooner than others - it took almost to the end to understand where Patrick was coming from) and although you shouldn't like Saskia, somehow you get it and sympathise. Just a great read and I look forward to more from this author.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. schell on June 17, 2012
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Throughout this novel, I found myself checking the bottom of my kindle to see the percentage of story I had left to read ... I simply did not want this story to end. Having recently watched my daughter be hypnotized at a school event, I was really intrigued with Ellen's practice as a hypnotherapist and all the practical and ethical complications involved. Ellen is an easy character to love. What surprised me most was to find how much I cared about Saskia, the stalker. I found her story just as compelling and understandable as Ellen's. The surrounding cast of characters were wonderful, as well; in particular, I really enjoyed Ellen's interactions with her mother, Ann, who is the antithesis to her sensitive and "new agey" daughter and the genuine issues that need to be resolved with Patrick. I appreciated that where a typical novel might end, this story really carried through to the end so that all my questions and concerns were answered. Last summer, I fell in love with Moriarty's other novel, "What Alice Forgot". I liked this one even better.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Irene on June 17, 2012
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An easy read, this book engages you with the flip flop style of telling the story from two of the main characters. You remain unsure of the intent of the main characters until close to the end of the book. The writer references Australian content within the book which keeps you connected with the story. A great read for someone who is looking to be entertained.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amelia68 on September 22, 2012
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Liane Moriarty's books "Three Wishes", "The Last Anniversary" and "What Alice Forgot" are some of my favourites on my bookshelf, so I was very much looking forward to reading her fourth novel. With her somewhat quirky and unusual but vividly portrayed and likeable characters, Moriarty has provided yet another enjoyable read - one to look forward to after a hard day at work, putting my feet up, making a cup of tea, and losing myself in another world for a while.

The book tells the story of Ellen, a thirty-something hypnotherapist longing for a fulfilling relationship but getting more than she bargains for when she falls in love with Patrick, a handsome widower and single father of eight-year-old Jack. But as Ellen soon discovers, Patrick comes with even more baggage than his grief for his dead wife: a stalker who is following the new couple on every outing, leaving messages, even breaking into Ellen's house and masquerading as one of Ellen's client client. Ellen discovers that this mystery woman is Saskia, Patrick's ex-girlfriend, who had been his partner and a loving mother to Jack for three years until Patrick suddenly broke off the relationship. Always willing to see the best in people, Ellen does not get angry or jealous, but instead feels a strange kinship with the woman Patrick so despises.

It is a credit to the author to be able to make the character of Saskia not only believable, but also likeable, and enable the reader to understand her pain, emotional turmoil and motivations for her actions, however wrong or strange they may seem. Probably the one thing I like best about Moriarty's books is that they leave me with a warm afterglow, believing in the good in people.
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