book review

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

It is the first hot day of the season. It was still winter a few weeks ago (like, Mother’s Day weekend) and now it’s full on summer. Needless to say, today was kind of a wash.

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back.

Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.

I read the paperback edition of this, courtesy of Black Tree Books from Oneonta, NY.

I have read almost all of Liane Moriarty’s novels, (The Last Anniversary was a DNF), and she’s one of my go to authors. I’ve read enough of her books that whenever I come across a new title, I can safely assume that I am going to enjoy it. This title was no different. I was a bit hesitant as I had images of this being full of woo but it was very much down to earth and actually made me reconsider hypnosis just a tiny bit.

I liked Ellen but I really loved reading the chapters in the POV of Saskia, the stalker. Of all the characters in this book-she was the one I felt I understood the most. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I truly felt that she was more deserving of sympathy then anyone else.

Not the best Moriarty book, but not the worst either. I found it easier to follow then some of her other books that switch POV a lot, and I actually felt as though the romance aspect of this was a lot more realistic then most books.

Rating: Four stars

“Perhaps all grown-ups were just children carefully putting on their grown-up disguises each day and then acting accordingly.”

― Liane Moriarty, The Hypnotist’s Love Story