Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Author: Liane Moriarty
Original Hardback Publication - June 2012
Paperback - June 4, 2013
Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.
Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.
Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.
Oprah - the woman who creates gold with her words - gave this book a big thumbs up and I can see why. The first chapter just jumps out and bites you with descriptive overload. I was so immersed in the descriptions that I was ready to be hypnotized by this woman if only to have the opportunity to sit in her room and look out the window at the beautiful Australian beach.
Ellen is looking for love and thinks she might have found it, but the man currently taking up room in her heart has a rather large cement block shackled to his ankle. The novel's main question is will the love overcome the cement block.....or will the cement block decide to take things to an ugly level?
Again, even if the story itself doesn't grab and grip you - which it easily can do - the actual wordplay and in your face mental visuals will.
Barnes and Noble was kind enough to put an excerpt up on their online site: go HERE to read it.