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The Hypnotist's Love Story

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  91,197 ratings  ·  6,770 reviews
From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Nine Perfect Strangers.


As a hypnotherapist, Ellen O'Farrell is fascinated by what makes people tick. So when she falls in love with Patrick, the fact that he has a stalker doesn't faze her in the slighte/>TO
ebook, 429 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Macmillan Australia (first published October 1st 2011)
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Alison King I actually came here to ask if anyone else originally thought Mary Kate was the stalker. I thought she was in the beginning. I didn't realize it was…moreI actually came here to ask if anyone else originally thought Mary Kate was the stalker. I thought she was in the beginning. I didn't realize it was Deborah until Ellen made the connection. Towards the beginning, Moriarty goes into much detail about Mary Kate and how she doesn't have a real reason for visiting a hypnotist. That led me to think she must be the stalker. After finding out she was not, it made me wonder why Moriarty gave us that much detail about such an unimportant character. All the detail did nothing to further the story. I found it to be totally unnecessary. This book really missed the mark in my opinion. (less)
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Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have one word for this book: deceitful. She's a good writer, offering fun dialog and characters to like and dislike. But if an author is going to write as though something big is going to happen at any moment, please, God, that author should make something happen ONCE in 432 pages. Just ONCE. Something. Anything. So many missed opportunities for a good story here. I don't know that I'll read What Alice Forgot anytime soon, because that's even longer, and the torture I feel from this story, or ...more
Carolyn Hill
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I know this is more 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 more 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) ...more
Andrew Smith
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
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
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.
“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
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 more serious reads, a palate cleanser if you will. Well, I've decided those days are over. Why would it
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2019
Highly enjoyable, addictive, page-turning, as most Moriarty books are. But I definitely enjoyed this one more than some of her others.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*4.5 stars
Australian author Liane Moriarty is a household name, thanks to her dazzling novel and now television mini series, Big Little Lies. I thought it was a high time I tried another book from her backlist and my selection, The Hypnotist’s Love Story certainly was an interesting read.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story does in fact feature a practicing hypnotherapist as the star of the story. Ellen O’Farrell is a successful hypnotherapist, owning her own practice in Sydney. She has a
Liane Moriarty, you are one terrific writer/person. Each novel I read makes me feel even more 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 hypn
I liked the book but it was way too long. Nothing actually happens for much of the time and yet the author seems to be promising so much that never actually materialises. I think my imagination went to work as soon as the word stalker was used and I expected some thriller type action and blood. (Perhaps my imagination needs to calm down a bit.) On the other hand it is a good story with some interesting characters written in Liane Moriarty's very readable style. She has written several better books than th ...more
Far 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 quote:
“Hindsight, it's always just a fraction too late.”
Overall liked this book. It didn't blow me away but if your looking for a quick summer read, this would be a good pick!
Mashup review coming soon!
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read but I didn't love it as much as some of Liane Moriarty's other books (such as Big Little Lies). It's an interesting story based on a psychotherapist called Ellen who falls in love with Patrick, a widow with an adorable little boy called Jack. So far, so good, but Patrick has a stalker, an ex-stalker called Saskia who follows him around, popping up in all sorts of places. As always I really enjoyed Liane Moriarty's characters, including Ellen's patients and parent and was surprised tha ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter-challenge
I quite enjoyed this lighter read of Moriarty's. Although perhaps not as dramatic as The Husband's Secret or as emotional asWhat Alice Forgot, it was still an entertaining read that had me both laughing out loud and tearing up. It came as a pleasant change to what I had read just before it, so I was glad for the less intense contents of this book. Mind you as you were waiting for ...more
For some reason, I had no idea what this book was going to be about, but it was a fast read. Ellen O'Farrell is a hypnotist who meets a man online and they start dating, only to find out that he has one serious problem... A stalker! The book alternates between Ellen and Saskia (The stalker), and so creates a dynamic story. The writing is average, and the story flows along, while at times unbelievable, but entertaining none the less.

not Moriarty's best book, but held my interest up ti
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Yay! Liane Moriarty has redeemed herself in my eyes with this book. I had loved The Husbands Secret but cringed reading What Alice Forgot, I couldn't even finish that one, so I was reluctant to try another. I am glad I gave it a go.

This book was funny, ridiculous in places and a very light hearted easy read. I needed this book after a wave of heavy graphic crime fiction that I had been reading. It's quirky, the storyline is a tad far-fetched but you kind of don't really care. A very enjoyable read. 3.5
Iryna *Book and Sword*
I picked this book up at a thrift store (in mint condition might I add) and I didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. I literally had no expectations for this book at all as I knew nothing about it. The Hypnotist's Love Story is my third book by Moriarty, as I've already read What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret, and I do enjoy Moriarty's writing style a whole lot.

But this novel was more than just great writing - it was very entertaining, it was relatable and it was impossible to put down (
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-group
I decided to read this book as I loved the author's other novel, What Alice Forgot. I preferred the other book, but this one was OK.

What surprised me was how the author explored the life of the stalker, rather than just the people being stalked. I thought it would be creepy, but I ended up rooting for the stalker to be healed.

I liked how the author explored the reasons someone has a hard time letting go of a past relationship, and how that could drive them to hang on through stalkin
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A sharp and funny romantic tale."- O, The Oprah Magazine

Either I have lost my sense of humor or I read a different book. This book leaves me wirh a teeter-totter of emotions about where I stand. Although not my favorite book by the author, I was completely hooked by page 58. "The Hypnotist's Love Story" was most compelling for the way it tackles relationships - both parent-child and couples. I felt myself feeling sympathetic towards particular characters while wanting to shake others for their sillya
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Perfectly blended story that is an entertaining read. It's not as twisty as her two newer novels but not disappointing. The author writes characters you feel and root for in this book. Lianne is a force to be reckoned with! I need to read the rest of her books!
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Mason
3.5 stars :)

This was a compulsively readable book... easy to fall into the story and be swept along with what was happening.

It's a dual POV, some with Ellen's Voice and some with Saskia's. A couple times I had to re-read the first paragraph of another section to be sure who it was, only because I had been so caught up in Ellen/Saskia's previously that I missed the break where it switched places to the other person.

At times Ellen seemed a bit too serene and over-analytical (sp?) for me and at times she seemed unreal/stand-of
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to Liane Moriarty's books.

They take their time, drawing you in, with great characters, then things start taking a turn for the worst, and things keep getting worse and worse and then suddenly, someone comes through and things are all neatly tied up at the end with a neat little ribbon.

Ellen O’Farrell is a hypnotherapist, helping clients with things such as mysterious aches, weight loss, smoking and relationships. When she meets Patrick, he seems like her per
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of someone's new boyfriend having a stalker seemed like it could be a rather interesting premise, so I was excited to read this book. There were a few events that were predictable yet unexpected at the same time. You could guess that the stalker would (pretend to) be one of the hypnotist's clients, but you weren't sure which one she was. What was troubling about this book was that it was somewhere between disturbing and on the edge of being scary but was presented in such a matter of fa ...more
Crystal Craig
To quote Ace Ventura, "I just can't do it, Captain. I don't have the power". My time with this novel was short, so I'll keep my review short.

Last year, I read The Husband's Secret for book club and enjoyed it - gave it four stars, but I don't know what happened with The Hypnotist's Love Story. I was starting to get distracted and a few times I actually dozed off, so, at the 20% mark, I'm done with it.

Plot wise there wasn't enough going on. I can't tell you too much about it because like I said
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Not Moriarty's best book but still a fun read. I love Moriarty characters and the way she writes.
Always a guaranteed feel good read!
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
I really enjoyed this book; I thought it was well written and the characters were developed thoroughly, which is a mean feat for fiction writers in my opinion. There was also a 'food for thought' aspect to this book, it got me thinking about the human psyche and the art of hypnotherapy and how we as a species are so open to suggestion.

Hypnotherapist Ellen is a happy soul; she has her practice, her clients and her beautiful seaside home on the Australian coast. Sweet but ever so naive, Ellen is
Diane S ☔
Moriarty manages to come up with the most intriguing and original plots. This novel about the baggage we carry from one relationship to another was alternately witty and serious. Ellen, the main character is a hypnotherapist, and I found this both intriguing and interesting. Didn't know much about this vocation. Also I really liked and felt sorry for the stalker although I hate the idea of stalking. Yet this author makes the most unlikable characters likable somehow. Anyway I always look forward ...more
Patricia Williams
I'm thinking this would be 3.5 stars because I was torn between a 3 and a 4. I have read several books by this author and really loved them all, but this one I did not love. I liked it but it did not seem to be as good as the others. It's a story about a woman who is a hypnotist who is engaged to a man who has a stalker. The stalked is obsessed with them all and wants to be part of the "Hypnotist's Love story" as she calls it. Like I said it was an entertaining story but just did not click with ...more
Briar's Reviews
I'm so torn on this book!

The Hypnotist's Love Story is a marvelous stand alone by the author of Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty. This book is full of deceit, stalkers, a very strange love story, and life lessons. Oh, and did I mention a little hypnotherapy? It's kind of obvious, since it is in the title, but it's one of the biggest parts of this novel!

I found this book to be an interesting mix of chick lit, drama and contemporary fiction. There were times I was laughing,
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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 Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has
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