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The Hypnotist's Love Story Audio CD – June 14, 2012
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About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the internationally bestselling author of What Alice Forgot, as well as The Hypnotists Love Story, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, and the Nicola Berry series for children.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (June 14, 2012)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664620036
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664620032
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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) And... he keeps talking about his dead wife!
This book is listed as a psychological thriller, mystery, suspense. No, it's not exactly that. 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!
Well that could all be a little boring, BUT no - this book, for me, was a hard to put down page-turner. You go on the journey with the three main characters, seeing how their interactions go as each is put under the various stresses each causes the others.
As often happens with well-drawn and explored characters, you can't help liking each of them, despite their actions.
Also, for me, great to read a book written by and set in a southern hemisphere country, even if it isn't New Zealand.
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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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