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Editorial Reviews


“A sharp and funny romantic tale.”—O, the Oprah Magazine

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

“[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)

“A warmly humorous, gently poignant, ultimately comforting tale of frustration and redemption...Moriarty writes with both a frisky wit and a generosity of spirit that’s truly disarming…It will make you feel warm all over.”—USA Today

“Simply exquisite, fascinating (and frequently hilarious)…as much of a page-turner as any thriller.”—Bookreporter

“Mesmerizing.”–Family Circle

“This superb novel…examines misunderstandings—not just with lovers, but with friends, families and, perhaps most often, ourselves.”—Parade

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425260933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425260937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,732 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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