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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
I think it's time for a book...don't you? It's been a while. I'm also learning that I need to do my reviews more quickly after reading the book. It's a lot more difficult to remember all of the little details that I had in my head upon reading. I guess I'll just have to start writing down my opinions as I read.
I received The Hypnotist's Love Story as a Goodreads win. It was a really cute love story. I have to say that it did surprise me. I liked it a lot more than I expected. The title sounds kind of corny, but it's really well written and has a smoothly executed plot. Liane Moriarty is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more of her work.
In The Hypnotist's Love Story, Ellen O' Farrell is a hypnotherapist. She runs her private practice from the home that she inherited from her grandparents. Her business is budding. She is helping patients with phobias, stresses and relationship issues. She loves her job and feels rewarded by the results she obtains. With her career on the rise, she has decided that it's time to find someone to share her life with.
She has used online dating sources before with a couple of disastrous endings that still plague her, but she soldiers on and gives it another try. It turns out to be an excellent decision. She meets Patrick, a widowed surveyor with a young son. He is her perfect match.
She falls fast and hard. But the fairy tale comes with a price. Patrick has a stalker. Saskia is his ex-girlfriend and she is obsessed with his every move. So much so that she adopts a pseudonym and schedules an appointment as one of Ellen's clients.
The book is light and fun. It isn't overly serious, but still stays focused and entertaining. I read it fairly quickly. I was slightly disappointed in the ending - mostly because it becomes a little too predictable. However, overall I quite enjoyed it. I would recommend it to those who enjoy "chick lit" from authors like Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot.
I gave The Hypnotist's Love Story 4 out of 5 stars. It's well worth the read.