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The Hypnotist's Love Story Paperback – March 27 2018
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Praise for The Hypnotist’s Love Story
“[A] smart romance...a fresh spin on grappling with misplaced passion.”—Good Housekeeping
“This superb novel...examines misunderstandings—not just with lovers, but with friends, families and, perhaps most often, ourselves.”—Parade
“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
“A fascinating (and frequently hilarious) Russian doll story-within-a-story study of human obsession, reflected as if in a carnival fun house of mirrors. What’s more, it’s an exquisitely intense unfolding of the viewpoints of both the stalker and the stalker’s partner. Gifted storyteller Liane Moriarty avoids the predictable, spinning the tale as a sympathetic character study that happens to be as much of a page-turner as any thriller.”—Bookreporter
“Perfect for all our summer outings.”—Chicago Tribune
“Ellen’s voice is compelling and believable.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (March 27 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 045149234X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451492340
- Item weight : 272 g
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.9 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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s new love. Told from the points of view of each woman, it add a whole new perspective to the subject. Will probably read it again. Loved it.
This book along with her others is amazing. I enjoyed reading it up until the last page.
Still enjoyed it and would recommend it as an easy enjoyable read read.
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But then it descended into absurdities and the plot got more and more unbelievably - and tiresome - as the story went on.
It's as if the author got bored and/or didn't know where she was going with this novel halfway through and just kept writing in hope that - with time - the characters would 'find themselves' and the plot would come together.
Unfortunately, that did not happen. Which is so disappointing because the writing is excellent! And the novel started so well.
I notice a very similar thing happens with the author's other book, "Nine Perfect Strangers." That story also started brilliantly. The characters were well-rounded, the writing was good, and the story was captivating. But, as was the case with this book, the whole plot fell halfway through and the second half of the book was terribly unsatisfying. The momentum was lost and the story went on, and on, and on.
I wonder if the author's writing suffers when she's under (time) pressed? I say this because it's as if she loses interest and/or passion for the story as it goes on. I didn't feel this happened at all with Big Little Lies! That novel was amazing from the first page to the last. But this one... and Nine Perfect Lives... well... they started strong but ended badly.
Not so here, I’m afraid. From the blurb, I was expecting a psychological thriller, and instead got a novel with a serious identity crisis.
It had great potential.
With a string of failed relationships behind her, hypnotherapist Ellen has given up hope of ever finding happiness. Then she meets Patrick, a widower with a young son, and they fall in love. But there’s a fly in the ointment. Patrick is being stalked by Saskia, an obsessive ex lover.
What a perfect batch of ingredients for dishing up some creeping suspense fiction, right? Wrong! That idea fizzles out about half-way through, when the whole plot seems to lose direction. Like it forgot where it was going, or the satnav broke down. All the momentum built up in the early chapters is lost.
It’s almost like Moriarty suddenly changes her mind, and not just about the plot but about the characters as well. At first I thought it clever, the way she toys with the reader’s allegiances and perceptions. But, for me at least, this shift ended up taking the pep out of the whole book.
Right up until the end, I was waiting for a sting in the tail, a final twist that would inject a lovely fizz of satisfaction. Instead, I got twee, bland and disappointing.
Not Moriarty’s best, by a long shot. Only 3.5 stars, generously rounded up rather than down.
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