Saturday, January 6, 2018

#BookReview - The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty

Title: The Hypnotist's Love Story
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Women's Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Release Date: June 14, 2012

About the Book:

A “sharp and funny romantic tale”(O, the Oprah Magazine) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

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.
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My Review:

Normally, this is where I would give you a brief synopsis of the book and tell you some details of what happens.... but I'm not going to do that this time. No. You can get a bit of that information from reading About the Book above. And if I tell you much more than that, I'd be giving away some spoilers.

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)

This book is listed as a psychological thriller, mystery, suspense. No, not exactly. 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! 

My Rating: I'd give this 4 1/2 out of 5

About the Author:

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

The Husband's Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a no. 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and will be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 

With the launch of her novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on the book is currently in production with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley playing the three lead roles. 

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. You can find more at and


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