The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel

For fans of Emily Giffin, another wonderful book from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET…

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.

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3 comments for “The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel

  1. Cloggie Downunder
    November 5, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    hooked from page 1 The Hypnotist’s Love Story is the 4th novel by Australian novelist, Liane Moriarty. The hypnotist is Ellen O’Farrell, actually a hypnotherapist who helps clients deal with addictions, phobias and confidence issues. Ellen falls in love with Patrick, but before the relationship goes far, he warns her he is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend, Saskia. Ellen finds that she is more intrigued than frightened by this, and in fact, would love to meet her. Saskia, however, has been posing as one of Ellen’s clients, and has a more intimate knowledge of Ellen’s relationship with Patrick than either of them is aware. As events unfold, Ellen, who believes herself to be an upstanding, moral, compassionate person, finds herself tempted to act unethically. She also discovers, to her surprise, that she has to work at her relationship with Patrick. Ellen is perhaps a little over-analytical, and her thoughts certainly provide some humour in the story. Saskia’s tale is told in the first person, giving the reader the stalker’s perspective on this sort of behaviour, and this was a very interesting and powerful aspect of the story. Moriarty gives us an imaginative plot that explores hypnotism and stalking (of course), as well as touching on addiction, obsession, internet dating, falling in love, professional ethics, the power of the press, knitting and the effects of pregnancy hormones. There are characters to love, hate, admire and laugh at, and the dialogue is just what you hear at the local café, bar or supermarket. Ellen had me snickering, giggling and laughing out loud from the start. This romance with a hint of psychological thriller had me hooked from the first page, and I look forward to reading more of Liane Moriarty’s work.

  2. Lyn Craven
    November 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Lianne Moriarty Does It Again! I discovered this author a few months ago (What Alice Forgot) and read all three of her previous books in a row. She writes the most unusual storylines which are completely captivating. “Chick Lit” it may be… but it is GOOD chick lit! Unusually for me, I pre-ordered The Hypnotist’s Love Story (thats how confidant I was that I would enjoy this one as much as the others… and it did not disappoint) and read it in two sittings. As previously with this author, I lost sleep because I just HAD to keep reading to see how it all turned out. The trick in this one is how she makes you see the story from every character’s point of view (some sooner than others – it took almost to the end to understand where Patrick was coming from) and although you shouldn’t like Saskia, somehow you get it and sympathise. Just a great read and I look forward to more from this author.

  3. J. schell "momlovesbooks"
    November 5, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Favourite novel this year! Throughout this novel, I found myself checking the bottom of my kindle to see the percentage of story I had left to read … I simply did not want this story to end. Having recently watched my daughter be hypnotized at a school event, I was really intrigued with Ellen’s practice as a hypnotherapist and all the practical and ethical complications involved. Ellen is an easy character to love. What surprised me most was to find how much I cared about Saskia, the stalker. I found her story just as compelling and understandable as Ellen’s. The surrounding cast of characters were wonderful, as well; in particular, I really enjoyed Ellen’s interactions with her mother, Ann, who is the antithesis to her sensitive and “new agey” daughter and the genuine issues that need to be resolved with Patrick. I appreciated that where a typical novel might end, this story really carried through to the end so that all my questions and concerns were answered. Last summer, I fell in love with Moriarty’s other novel, “What Alice Forgot”. I liked this one even better.

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