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Book Review: The Hypnotist’s love story #aussieauthorchallenge

The Hypnotist’s Love Story is a book by author Liane Moriarty. She was one of my author finds of 2015 after Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret. I bought all her books and after this one, I have to wait for when she publishes her next book.

Ellen is a hypnotherapist in Sydney’s northern beaches. With a house by the beach, no mortgage {thanks to inheriting said house from her grandparents}, a career she enjoys and good friends like Julie and Madeline, Ellen appears to have it all. Except for a partner. At thirty-five, Ellen has tried online dating. During her fourth date with Patrick, a widower with an 8 year old son, she thinks he’s going to break up with her. Except, it’s not that. Patrick tells Ellen he has a stalker. An ex-girlfriend. Who he broke up with almost three years ago. Saskia, his ex, sends him letters, flowers, gifts, follows him wherever he goes, watches his son play soccer, and texts him regularly.

As Ellen navigates a new relationship with Patrick, deals with her clinically cold mother, and fits in her work with clients, she longs to meet Saskia. She is intrigued and interested by her and wants to know her better. She wants to know why she is still so infatuated with Patrick, why she hasn’t moved on. Unbeknown to Ellen, she has already met Saskia. But is her need to identify and empathise with Saskia going to harm her relationship with Patrick?

Moriarty is once again at her very best with this book. There is enough suspense to keep you hooked and wanting to know more. It’s not really a love story but a story about human beings in love. It’s about how crazy we go when we are in love. I was able to identify with a lot of Ellen’s initial fears and worries at the start of a new relationship. I was also able to identify with the doubts that came later. I felt for Saskia and her difficulty in letting go {even though I’ve never stalked anyone!}. Saskia being all alone resonated with me as it’s a feeling I go through every now and then.

The characters are well-drawn and even though I wasn’t particularly a fan of Ellen {airy-fairy hypnotherapy!}, I was still able to identify with some of her behaviours. Patrick is drawn out well as is his trauma being stalked. Saskia was one I sympathised with — her broken heart, her lack of closure — in spite of all her faults.

It’s a quick read that keeps you hooked till the very end.

My rating:

Where to find the book:

Amazon | Book Depository | Booktopia | Fishpond | Kindle

***This has been reviewed for the Aussie Author Challenge hosted by Jo and Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by Corinne. Also linking up with Jess for IBOT***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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