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- Print Length: 422 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0074VTH2U
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“[A] smart romance…a fresh spin on grappling with misplaced passion.”—Good Housekeeping
“A witty modern love story in the age of cohabitation, blended families, and second chances, this is a compassionate, absorbing tale. Moriarty has crafted an incredibly likable heroine in Ellen, the hypnotherapist who can solve her clients’ problems but can’t seem to keep her own life from spiraling into soap opera. Readers who enjoy Jennifer Close and Marian Keyes will adore Moriarty’s wit and warmth.”—Booklist (starred review)
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“Simply exquisite, fascinating (and frequently hilarious)…as much of a page-turner as any thriller.”—Bookreporter
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I enjoyed reading The Hypnotist's Love Story. Liane Moriarty is a seasoned author who writes from the heart. Her characters are vivid and well developed with multi-dimensional personalities, flaws and all! But there were a few things that didn't give me that full sense of satisfaction with this one. For one thing, I didn't particularly like Patrick. In my opinion, he was quite an arse. Good grief! The way he suddenly dumped Saskia after all that time living with her! And then... and then... he takes Ellen away on a romantic weekend getaway... to the same friggin' hotel where he met Saskia! (You may notice that I am trying very hard to keep my language ladylike and printable) And... he keeps talking about his dead wife!
This book is listed as a psychological thriller, mystery, suspense. No, it's not exactly that. Don't get me wrong. I actually really enjoyed reading this book. It was quite good. But nothing in the thriller, mystery or suspense area really happened. It was more humor and contemporary fiction. I absolutely loved Ellen's approach to "the stalker". She wasn't frightened, she was fascinated!
Well that could all be a little boring, BUT no - this book, for me, was a hard to put down page-turner. You go on the journey with the three main characters, seeing how their interactions go as each is put under the various stresses each causes the others.
As often happens with well-drawn and explored characters, you can't help liking each of them, despite their actions.
Also, for me, great to read a book written by and set in a southern hemisphere country, even if it isn't New Zealand.
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I did keep expecting a big twist that didn’t come, but it had enough ups and downs to make up for it. I kept waiting for Ellen to be the stalker or Patrick to be a bad guy.
You really had empathy for Saskia, the actual stalker though. She wasn't evil or vindictive she had just been left out in the cold after creating a family with a man and his child that she loved. You felt sorry for her as she had no one else!
It certainly was, as the blurb said, thought-provoking as everything isn’t always as it seems.
Our hypnotist, or rather hypnotherapist, is Ellen a woman who has been fortunate enough to be left a beautiful house on the beach by her grandparents. She is in her thirties, a woman in charge of her own destiny, a woman who has decided to see whether internet dating can find ‘the one’ after a few failed relationships. She meets Patrick, widower and father to eight year old Jack and a man who is being stalked by an ex-girlfriend Saskia. Ellen is one of life’s good people, she believes in her job but is she really ready for this relationships, one with enough baggage to sink a battleship?
I think this book would have quickly become quite boring had it not been for the fact that we hear from Saskia herself, a character I actually had a certain amount of sympathy for especially as Ellen was just a little bit too good to be true, certainly at the beginning of the book. Saskia does realise that what she is doing is a little on the odd side, she just isn’t quite sure how to give up following Patrick in her spare time… but what will she do when she realises the relationship with Ellen is getting serious?
Well, I’m afraid if you want to know how this all pans out, you’ll just have to read the book.
Although not my favourite of Liane Moriarty’s books, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a good range of characters, including her speciality, the odd-balls that actually resemble people I’ve met in my life, the one that exists outside books. With a few sub-plots principally around Ellen’s clients, oh and not forgetting her caustic mother and her two kindly god-mothers there is far more meat to this romance, than well, just romance! Although this book is fairly long at getting on for 500 pages but the tale moves at quite a pace especially as the multiple strands keep the story lively and moving forward. I’d say this is perfect beach reading but it worked well for me on a cold and windy day wrapped up in a blanket while my mind was transported to a much warmer and sunnier Australia.
I especially liked the insight into the inner workings of Ellen's mind who, on the surface, seems to be a floaty lentil-eating hippy full of empathy and goodness but who also harbours not so angelic thoughts and tendencies.
This is what Moriarty does so well: she takes heroines and gives them depth and complexity. Similarly she does it for the villain of the piece too, Saskia the stalker, by making us sympathise with her motives, although I did feel slightly uncomfortable knowing that a male stalker who committed the same transgressions would probably not have received such a sympathetic treatment.
There were pleasing sub-plots too which worked because of Moriarty's skilled characterisations. Even Ellen's mother (who we know we are supposed to dislike because she is a career-loving "tough feminist") becomes more human by the end.
All in all a great read, evidenced by the fact that I lost a bit of weight because I couldn't bring myself to put it down to go and make the dinner.
Hippyish Ellen has a lovely life with no financial issues and then a man comes into her life with a dead ex-wife and an ex lover who is still stalking him and his child. Saskia does not seem to pose a threat, even in one of the final scenes where there is some violence, but she is never talked about, certainly not in the way that I would want to talk about her should I be in that situation. I almost got the impression that Ellen was feeling an affinity for Saskia and that she was beginning to like her. There was also a query for me underlying the portrayal of Saskia and Ellen - earlier on I had the impression that Saskia was dowdy and a bit frumpy and then she sudeenly changed to being smart and very beautiful. Ellen came across as being a bit of a wimp, to be honest.
The sub plot of the ex wife is not fully explored with loose threads such as naked pictures and parents and cemetary visits. Ellen's mum, for example, and all her friends and the context of Ellen's conception seemed extraneous to the main plot and did not impact on Ellen, apart from finding out that mum was a complete fraud and not the person she pretended to be at all. All the presenting problems of the different clients were interesting but I was not sure why they were included - to tell us more about Ellen's character perhaps.
Ellen used her skills for her own purposes at times - which I thought was perfectly understandable and in her shoes I would have done the same.
The novel had a good theme and was interesting - I wanted to finish it, but it was too frustrating in places for me to say it was truely creepy or gripping; and I think it could have been because the idea was excellent.
Tthis book looks at bereavement, grief, loss of a different type and the motivations of people.
It shows how even the most mature , empathic person can get things wrong, that people may all have different ideas and motivations , but none are essentially " wrong" just different , and most of all it explores the importance of family and friends.
Some of the revelations in this book will probably surprise you. The social expectations of people in different circumstances will most definitely make you question them if you have experienced them in your own life.
Above all, this is a great story ...which you will be unable to put down.
Had it been the first of her works that I had come across, I would not have read any more. 'Big Little Lies', 'The Husbands Secret', 'What Alice Forgot' and 'The Last Anniversary' are so rich in substance and character. Frankly this was just a bit boring. Totally predictable with no real plot twists, it just ambles along.
As other reviewers have commented, I found myself skipping bits or rushing through because I was getting bored.
If this is your first taste of Moriarty - PLEASE read one of her much better novels instead.