Review: The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

 The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel

by Liane Moriarty

Amy Einhorn Books

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

Reading a novel by Liane Moriarty is like sitting down with the author across the kitchen table and listening to her tell a long captivating story.  She is very personable.

In The Hypnotist’s Love Story, 35 year old Ellen is a hypnotherapist.  Her promising new boyfriend, Patrick, is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend, Saskia.

We are taken through this story and become privy to all three character’s thoughts, feelings and actions.  This is a complex story as Patrick is a widower with a young son, Jack.  Saskia, in addition to being in-love with Patrick, helped raise his son for a few years and loves Jack too.  She continues to stalk Patrick even though his relationship with Ellen grows stronger.

Ellen has interesting family, friends and clients who add a bit of fun to the story.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story highlights relationships and the facets of being in-love.  Does it matter who loves who more in a relationship?  Can love be quantified that way?

We also get a closeup look at the effects of stalking and hypnotism.

First Paragraph

“Chapter 1

When people think of hypnosis, they think of swinging pendulums, “You’re getty sleepy” and volunteers clucking like chickens on stage shows.  So it’s not so surprising that many of my clients are quite nervous when they come visit me for the first time!  In fact there is nothing unnatural or frightening about hypnosis.  Chances are, you’ve already had the experience of going into a “trance-like state” in your day-to-day life.  Have you ever driven to a familiar destination and found that you have no memory of the drive?  Guess what?  You were in a trance! – From “An Introduction to Ellen O’Farrell, Hypnotherapist” leaflet

I had never been hypnotized before.  I didn’t really believe in it, to be honest.  My plan was to lie there and pretend it was working, and try not to laugh.”

Additional Reviews

Below are links to three of my reviews of other novels by Liane Moriarty.

Big Little Lies

What Alice Forgot

The Husband’s Secret

3 thoughts on “Review: The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty”

  1. I look forward to this one at some time in the future. Maybe on audio. Hmm I am already wondering about the possible twists and dangers of stalking plus what a hypnotist might be able to do! You’ve whetted my appetite for this one Pat.


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