The Hypnotist's Love Story

The Hypnotist's Love StoryFar from my favorite from this amazing author However, as someone who is certified in clinical hypnotherapy, the hypnosis aspect of this novel is legit Moriarty definitely did her research which I highly respect.My favorite quoteHindsight, it s always just a fraction too late The Hypnotist Love Story by Liane Moriarty is a 2012 Berkley publication After reading What Alice Forgot a little while back, I vowed to read anything I could find written by Liane Moriarty Little by little I have been able to sneak one of her backlisted titles into my reading schedule One thing about this author and her books, is that each one is special and very different Yet, the style of writing has a signature that is unique to this author, and I can t quite find a way to describe it Whatever it is about her skill as a writer, it holds me spellbound from start to finish, no matter what genre is represented or the subject matter.This book is no exception I had no idea what to expect when I started this novel I wasn t sure if it was a novel of suspense or contemporary fiction, or both For the most part, I would place this one in the contemporary fiction category, even though there are moments of suspense, but I never felt threatened or worried, exactly, but there was an underlying feeling of unease Ellen is a hypnotherapist who recently began dating Patrick, a man she met through an internet dating site Patrick is widowed, with a young son, and comes fully equipped with his very own stalker Yes, a stalker However, Ellen does not initially find this situation all that disturbing In fact, she s rather intrigued by it She is delirious with curiosity about this ex girlfriend, and wonders what has precipitated her obsession with Patrick She wants to see what she looks like, and maybe even meet her But, Patrick can only think of how to rid himself of her once and for all The story is told from the dual perspectives of Ellen and Saskia, each relaying a different perspective on Patrick and his son, Jack It goes without saying that of all the characters in the book Saskia is the most disturbed, and despite the image we typically conjure up in regards to stalking, this character generates a fair amount of sympathy However, Ellen suffered from the inability to maintain a long term relationship, which could be tied up with her upbringing, one that intentionally excluded her father With the focus on Saskia, and the impact she is having on Patrick, the profound effect his wife s death had on him is not immediately visible As we get to know Patrick, we see he is a very conflicted, and rather illogical at times His treatment of Saskia was not handled well, which may have contributed her overreaction to their breakup I think a lot was made of the female stalking angle, and it is true that four out of five stalkers are men However, it s not exactly unheard of for women to stalk men, as has been documented several times with celebrities Still, people do tend to think that men aren t affected in the same way, but I thought the author did a terrific job of showing what living with a constant third party in one s life might feel like, as Patrick is always on edge, checking rearview mirrors and turning his phone off, and growing so weary of having to stay on guard at all times, and may always suffer some lingering side effects from living this way for so long a time However, ultimately, this story is about learning to let go While Ellen is the central character, the person most effected by Patrick s past, as she tries to carve out a future with him, everything seems to hinge on Patrick s ability to move on and accept that he can experience guilt free happiness.There were some controversial moments, and I some thought provoking scenes, which would make for some lively discussion, but overall, this is really a rather curious love story, with each character taking monumental steps toward maturity and stability, and closure In the end, each person accepted the cards life dealt them and made the best of it, even experiencing happiness and peace they never thought possible But, to be clear, the story is not super heavy, or dramatic It fact, it has that strange, whimsical quality to it that kept things on the lighter side, without losing its intensity This is another original story from Liane Moriarty, which is one of the reasons I enjoy reading her books so much I don t think this is the strongest novel in her repertoire, but it was a nice change of pace and certainly held my fascination and attention, as well as keeping me amused and entertained Overall, 3.5 rounded to 4 Ellen Weet Dat Mensen Gekke Dingen Doen Voor De Liefde Ze Hoort Er Alles Over In Haar Praktijk Als Hypnotherapeut Dus Als Haar Nieuwe Vriend Patrick Haar Vertelt Over Zijn Stalker Saskia, Is Ellen Eerder Ge Ntrigeerd Dan BezorgdWat Ze Niet Weet Is Dat Saskia Zich Bij Haar Heeft Gemeld Als Pati Nt, Om Zo Meer Te Weten Te Komen Over Patricks Nieuwe LiefdeDaarmee Komen De Levens Van De Twee Vrouwen Wel Heel Dicht Bij Elkaar Te Liggen, En Een Confrontatie Is Onvermijdelijk I like Liane Moriarty s writing a lot Her characters are always somewhat off center, yet always very interesting and appealing in so many ways I also enjoy her plots and her descriptive writing.This book was somewhat of a disappointment, however There is a stalker, old boyfriends, new boyfriends, unresolved parent issues, old girlfriends, new girlfriends, and people who aren t what they appear to be All of that should have been interesting Unfortunately, the only character that really had his act together in any substantial way was an 8 year old boy who didn t really receive sufficient air time Maybe that s why he appeared to be mature than his elders.There was teenage angst and obsessive behavior in this book than there should have been considering the youngest adult character was 35 So many times, in so many ways, this book just didn t feel appropriate for the age groups that were featured The characters were not endearingly off center in this book, they were annoyingly so.The premise was good and could have been very interesting As it was, the hypnotherapy aspect was, indeed, very interesting Even there, however, we got into ethical issues with bad choices and I was wondering how that could possibly be charming or even acceptable.This book was a shaky 3.5 Star read for me and because it felt rushed and not enough time was spent resolving all the issues with any sense of growth or deeper understanding on the part of the characters, I rounded it down to 3 Stars.Despite that, I plan to read of Liane Moriarty s books as I have enjoyed those I have read in the past and hope to enjoy in the future In good conscience, this is not one I would recommend unless you have no problem overlooking immature, unethical, and undeveloped behavior and ways of relating from people in age groups who should know better. I hated him I still loved him But I hated him And ever since then it s been hard to tell the difference between the two If I didn t hate him so intensely, maybe I would have been able to stop loving him.Okay, so I am apparently a bit of a booksnob Everytime I read a book by either Liane, Jodi Picoult and now also Joshilyn Jackson I always point out that this was just a fun read in between serious reads, a palate cleanser if you will Well, I ve decided those days are over Why would it be any easier writing these books than a historical fiction novel I herewith proudly announce that I am officially a chick lit reader.Liane Morairty is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, I have now read all her books, and is anxiously awaiting the next I love her characters in this title, you feel for everyone even the bad stalker In fact, I think I had empathy for her than for anyone else in the story The author has the amazing ability to look at real issues while making you laugh out loud It was interesting learning about hypnotherapy I strongly recommend any of this authors titles if you ve not tried it before.Can anyone please recommend similar authors I thought Patrick was my perfect love story Except he s not He s the hypnotist s love story I m the ex girlfriend in the hypnotist s love story Not the heroine I m only a minor character This was not, in my opinion, a love story If asked to describe this book to a friend, I would say The Hypnotist s Love Story was fantastic storytelling about a woman who didn t really know what she wanted and another woman who didn t have the coping mechanisms to let go of the past There were three main characters in the story Ellen the Hypnotist, Patrick Ellen s new love interest and Saskia Patrick s ex and stalker.Though Patrick was a main character in the book, we really only got to see his personality and thoughts through the two women in the book This story was really told from Ellen and Saskia s point of view I really liked that we got to see Saskia s point of view Very often, in stories about stalkers, their characters are very one dimensional and we don t really get a view into what drove them to their behaviours Though I kept wanting to scream at her throughout the book to get help, I couldn t help but sympathize with her Patrick broke up with her in a pretty unforgivable way While most would have been able to move on, Saskia clearly didn t have the support or coping skills to do that I truly felt her anger and helplessness over the situation, particularly since a young child was involved and Saskia not only lost Patrick, but his son, Jack, whom she helped raise if he d ever just said, I m sorry, and meant it, then I think I could have let it go Perhaps then I would have eventually healed, like people do Instead it got infected It spread Like gangrene It took hold It s his fault I know what I do is unacceptable Deep down I do know this But he started it I ve often thought that when a relationship ends, it can feel like a death I believe, to a lesser extent, you go through some of the same stages as grieving the death of a loved one So, again, I could totally relate to Saskia and her socially unacceptable feelings If Patrick had been killed in a car accident, I would have been allowed to grieve for him for years People would have sent me flowers and sympathy cards they would have dropped off casseroles I would have been allowed to keep his photos up, to talk about him, to remember the good times But because he dumped me, because he was still alive, my sadness was considered undignified and pathetic Ellen s character was so different from Saskia From her, I truly got the impression that she had a pre conceived notion of what equated to happiness and was looking to check off the boxes So it came as no surprise to me that when she got these things, she was not suddenly feeling happy and fulfilled I see this all the time and have been guilty of it myself I think the message that I took away from Ellen s story was that happiness comes from within and you have to accept the people in your life for who they are instead of being disappointed when they don t match up to your unrealistic fantasy Only then can you truly enjoy having them in your life.Very early on in the story, as Ellen talked about the ethics of her using her hypnotherapy skills on people she knew all the while wondering what was going on in Patrick s head, I kept thinking to myself careful This could be a slippery slope I will admit to not feeling too much sympathy for Patrick throughout the novel I can t help but wonder, if the roles had been reversed and it was a woman being stalked instead of the man, would my feelings have been different I m embarrassed to say that I think the answer may be yes Once I put aside my anger towards the way Patrick treated Saskia, I think I was able to finally see what a terrible stress her actions must have put on him.Love every word of this story Highly enjoyable, addictive, page turning, as most Moriarty books are But I definitely enjoyed this one than some of her others. Liane Moriarty, you are one terrific writer person Each novel I read makes me feel even in awe of your talent and in depth knowledge of what makes women tick.It s astonishing how complex and realistic your characters are You even managed to make me sympathise and empathise with a stalker Actually, my heart was broken for her Big time.This is probably my favourite novel of yours Your writing was so good and convincing, I feel like now I have less disdain for hypnotists That s a small miracle in itself There s only one novel of your back catalog to go through and then I ll have to wait for your next book to be published sigh I m sure it ll be worth the wait This goes towards my Aussie Author Challenge 2018 on www.bookloverbookreviews.com OK, I know this is chick lit than great literature, and I hand out five stars like my favorite gourmet handmade chocolates, but for sheer entertainment value, I m tempted to give this full accolades I loved this story The Hypnotist s Love Story tells about the romance between Ellen, the hypnotist, or accurately, hypnotherapist, and Patrick, a grounded surveyor who is a widower with an eight year old son Ellen comes to find out there is a third wheel or fourth if you count the dead wife in the guise of an ex girlfriend turned stalker Saskia, the stalker, will not leave Patrick alone constantly leaving him text messages, letters, flowers, and following him even on dates with Ellen Unable to elude her and never knowing where or when she may show up, Patrick is understandably angry and stressed Ellen, whose career is built on helping people cope with debilitating problems, is intrigued by the idea of a stalker Ellen s calm and soothing demeanor, her positive focus, and her penchant for New Age thinking are the perfect antidote to Patrick s tense wariness She posts Buddhist quotes on her refrigerator and helps clients deal with pain, infertility, and smoking habits She is nice and totally likeable Unknown to her, the stalker is also a client This is an interesting set up, but the author, Liane Moriarty, makes it compelling by giving a first person voice to Saskia, the stalker, while Ellen s story is in third person In doing so, Saskia, while her actions are repellant, becomes sympathetic We come to understand her obsession, and how normal can tip over into crazy What elevates this book above average chick lit is it never feels contrived Moriarty is a compassionate writer and has a gift for creating sympathetic characters with warmth and humor She is wonderful at setting a realistic scene with dialogue and self talk that ring true, and her children talk and act like real kids Though she captures the every day, her story is above the ordinary, and when she deals with emotions, she handles them with genuine care, never becoming cheesily sentimental or maudlin For those who may think the set up is an unrealistic situation, with a woman stalking a man for years, I had a conversation today that was eerily coincidental I was catching up with a man I hadn t seen in years, and he was telling me about the problems he was having with a woman stalker, how it had affected him and disrupted his life Having just finished this book today, I felt like I could understand his situation a little better, how a stalker could make you feel powerless and out of control of your own life Thanks go to Liane Moriarty for expanding my perspective in a totally enjoyable way. I m a big fan of Moriarty s books, but I pretty much disliked this one from the start I m sceptical about hypnotism, so the title put me on edge anyway, but it was really the story, or rather the lack of a story, that sealed the deal.Ellen is a professional Hypnotherapist, she helps people quit smoking, lose weight and overcome irrational fears etc She s single and keen to settle down, if she can find the right man Along comes Patrick, a widowed surveyor with an eight year old son is he the man she s been looking for Unfortunately, amongst the baggage he brings with him is an obsessed ex girlfriend.I can t really go into the story any , because there is really no to it than that I kept waiting for the surprise, for the twist Moriarty always introduces it never came There are familiar settings and the normal chit chat with friends and family, but it s uniformly dull There are also few laughs to be had And it s way too long and becomes horribly repetitive My final criticism, and maybe one that applies to all of her books, is that I don t think she draws men well They are always secondary characters in her work but it s most noticeable here with the one dimensional and totally dislikeable to me, anyway Patrick For readers yet to discover this Aussie author, the good news is that most of her books are excellent just give this one a miss I m happy to write this one off and look forward to her next book in the firm belief it ll be a continuance of her fine overall form.

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband s Secret and Big Little Lies Her breakout novel The Husband s Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Best Book of 2013 and has

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