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The Hypnotist's Love Story: A Novel Paperback – June 4, 2013
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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
“[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
“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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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. Contrary to most other people's reactions, Ellen does not get jealous or hateful when confronted with Patrick's ex-girlfriend stalking them, but tries to understand her pain. Who else does that? But through Ellen's kind-heartedness, and Saskia's first person narrative, the reader also gets the chance to feel empathy for Saskia rather than disgust over her actions. I love to be reminded that there is always a flipside to every story, and that it is better not to judge people unless we have been in their situation. As Saskia tells her story, I felt more and more drawn to her, feeling her pain. Of all the characters in this story, Patrick irritated me most for the best part of the book, and only partly redeeming himself in the later pages (so much for being non-judgmental!).
Written with insight and humour, this is a novel which will warm your heart and make you smile. A nice break from my usual fare of murder mysteries.
A few days later I finished the book. I'm not going upgrade the star count - still only giving it 3 stars - but it wasn't as predictable as I initially feared. While the book wasn't bad, it seemed to have a dark cloud over it the whole time and didn't give me the same "I can't put this book down" feel that the rest of her books do. I'd recommend the book if it were $5 and under but not for $13.00 (kindle).