Want Books: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I loved Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and I’ve been curious about the rest of her books ever since I read that. Even though I didn’t enjoy her other novel, Three Wishes, as much as I expected, I still want to check out her latest novel The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Ellen O’Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She’s a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her!

What she doesn’t know is that she already has. Saskia has been masquerading as a client, and their lives are set to collide in ways Ellen could never have predicted.

I saw it in the bookstore earlier today with an even better cover:

I like the girl’s outfit, I actually have a dress that looks similar to that. I didn’t buy it because I still have a lot of books in my TBR pile (yep, I was able to resist the temptation). It’s nice to know that it’s available here though. Maybe I can wait for it to go on sale before I grab a copy. What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

One of my goals this year is to do more readalongs because they’re a lot of fun. I read Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty along with two good friends, Janice and Holly. I first discovered Liane Moriarty, Australian author of contemporary fiction, when I read What Alice Forgot last year. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the rest of her books.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down, and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.

In this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year – as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.

The cute cupcake cover for Three Wishes is deceiving. I thought I’d be reading a book about quirky triplets, something light and fun. Maybe there would be a couple of problems thrown in but I definitely wasn’t expecting the book to feel as emotionally heavy as it did. Also, the synopsis describes the book as a family comedy but I didn’t think it was funny. The narrative does change from one Kettle sister to another but I feel like the focus is more on Cat’s marriage problems and how her husband cheated on her. As a result, she’s a very angry person throughout most of the book and that affects the dynamics with her sisters. It also felt like Cat, Lyn and Gemma weren’t as close as they wanted people to think. Sure, they meet regularly and they talk to each other all the time, but it felt like they weren’t really there for each other when it mattered. Now I don’t want to mention spoilers but it did frustrate me that the sisters kept major life events from each other. Some snippets that I included in Goodreads status updates:

“The bills would keep on coming, no matter what else was happening in your life and that was good because it gave you purpose. You worked so you could pay them. You rested on the weekends and generated more bills. Then you went back to work to pay for them. That was the reason for getting up tomorrow. That was the meaning of life.”

Also, this:

“Death was the hot bath you promised yourself while you endured small talk and uncomfortable shoes. You could stop pretending to have a good time when you were dead.”

Not very cheerful, right? I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy reading Three Wishes as much as I was expecting. I wasn’t invested in any of the Kettle sisters and I just wanted to finish the book so I can move on to a better one. It has taken me a while to write this review and I’m already on another readalong with Janice and Holly – we’re reading Whiskey Road by Karen Siplin. We haven’t been lucky in our readalong choices so far but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If you’re interested in giving Liane Moriarty’s writing a try, I suggest that you start with What Alice Forgot. It was a more enjoyable read for me than Three Wishes. Although like I always say, people don’t always react the same way even if we do share reading tastes so you might like this book a lot more than I did. I’ve seen more positive reviews so it may not just be a book for me.

Other reviews:
Janicu’s Book Blog
See Michelle Read

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty is pretty well-known in the blogosphere when it comes to contemporary YA. I had no idea that her sister, Liane, is also an author until my good friend Nomes of Inkcrush reviewed What Alice Forgot. I ordered a copy from the Book Depository after I saw what she had to say about it and read the book as soon as my copy arrived (which took a month or so).

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What’s more, she’s looking forward to the birth of the ‘Sultana’ – her first baby.

But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone’s telling her she’s misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she’s his worst enemy. What’s more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her either. And who is this ‘Gina’ everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn’t sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn’t have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband for ever?

I’ve experienced a case of the right book at the right time with What Alice Forgot and I loved it. For some reason, I was in the mood to read something just like this and Liane Moriarty is now on my auto-buy list. The plot of this book is similar to the TV show, Samantha Who, which I enjoyed watching a couple of years ago. After she bumped her head in a step-aerobics class, Alice thinks she’s twenty-nine instead of thirty-nine. She doesn’t understand why she’s drifted apart from her loved ones and why she’s in the middle of a nasty divorce with her husband, Nick. She doesn’t even remember giving birth to her three kids. The first part started out a bit slow for me, Alice kept on relating details about her life ten years ago. I already know that she lost her memory, I wanted the story to move forward at a faster pace. Nevertheless, I was hooked by Liane Moriarty’s writing and I knew I was going to enjoy reading about Alice coming to terms with the changes in her life. I also thought it was a great idea that the perspective changes from Alice’s point of view to her sister Elizabeth’s, who writes in a journal as homework for a therapist, and Frannie’s, their grandmother who has a personal blog about the family. Elizabeth’s journal entries about infertility are more serious in contrast to Frannie’s hilarious anecdotes.

I highly recommend this to fans of women’s fiction and readers who like their chick lit with more depth and with a lot of heart. What Alice Forgot portrays how hard it is to work on relationships – between siblings, between husband and wife and even between a parent and their child. If only we could all go back in time and say “let’s start with a clean slate because of memory loss” each time there’s a problem that feels insurmountable. This book made me reflect about my own life and how different things were for me ten years ago and I think this is something that we would all be able to relate to. I wouldn’t want to go back but I do think it’s a shame that I lost some close friends along the way. In spite of handling some serious topics, What Alice Forgot also has its share of humor. Alice’s thoughts as she tries to figure out everything in her life were amusing. It’s not surprising that I liked the younger, less-bitter Alice than her older counterpart and I kept wondering if her memory would come back or not. While reading this, I was thinking that the book would make a great movie and lo and behold, I saw in the author’s website that the film rights have been bought. Definitely looking forward to watching that! What Alice Forgot will be released in the US on June 2 so all you readers over there will be able to purchase this from your favorite bookstore while I will be waiting patiently to get my copies of Liane’s other books: Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary.

Other reviews:
Inkcrush
Book’d Out
Read in a Single Sitting
Bookalicious Ramblings