The Hypnotist’s Love Story



Title: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Author: Liane Moriarty

Published: Pan Macmillan, 2011


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As a hypnotherapist, Ellen O’Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. So when she falls in love with a man being stalked by his ex-girlfriend, she’s more intrigued than frightened. In fact, she’d quite like to meet this woman.

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.


When Ellen’s new boyfriend kicks off with “There’s something I need to tell you”, then racks off to the bathroom, she has a minor panic attack that he’s breaking up with her. As you would. Insensitive timing, really. Anyway, what he actually wants to tell her is that he has a stalker. And instead of running for the hills, she’s intrigued. She wants to talk about it. He doesn’t. This is a constant theme through the whole book. I find it interesting that she feels separate from the whole situation. She kind of views the whole situation as if she is an observer, not a participant. Which is interesting, considering she has something that this crazy woman wants. Now, could be just me, but I think “Don’t provoke the crazy stalker” would be a good mantra to live by in this situation.


I really enjoyed this book. I love Liane Moriarty’s writing, she’s always interesting, easy to read, and original story lines. It’s definitely an interesting idea for a story, and I think the hypnotist angle is really interesting. Hypnotherapy is an emerging field that’s becoming more and more popular and I find that fascinating. The stalker/patient angle had me trying to guess which one she was, as obviously she uses an alias to avoid being caught out.

The ending was also different from what I expected, there was a wrap up from Saskia’s point of view as well as Ellen and Patrick’s. I don’t know. Maybe a little too neat, or easy?



Have you read The Hypnotist’s Love Story? Did you love it? What did you think of the ending? Have you ever been hypnotised?



The Diving Bell and the Butterfly



Title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby

Published: Harper Perennial, 1997 (Originally by First Estate)

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After suffering a massive stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, found himself completely paralysed and speechless. Able only to move one eyelid, he ‘dictated’ this remarkable book.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly records Bauby’s lonely existence but also the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances. It is a remarkable book about the triumph of the human spirit.

My Thoughts

Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated this book with ONE EYELID. One freaking eyelid. You hear that and go ‘oh gosh that would be difficult’. But thinking about it seriously, it would have taken absolutely forever. That’s one LETTER at a time. Not one word, one LETTER. It’s just staggering. Must have taken an incredibly long time, and a lot of patience. And this is how he communicates with everyone.

After having a stroke, he is left suffering ‘locked in’ syndrome. Completely awake and coherent, but unable to communicate. He describes it aptly as ‘imprisoned inside his own body’. People have to do everything for him, around him, he is not included in his own life.

I really enjoyed this book, maybe because I’ve worked in a Neurology unit before and have seen the damage that a stroke can do, so I understood it to some degree.  I can say I’ve never seen someone with locked in syndrome, but truthfully? I have no idea what people who cannot communicate can comprehend. Communication difficulties like word finding difficulties, inability to speak, inability to understand… It’s a fairly short book (139 pages in my edition) which makes sense. It is a movie too, which I’ve seen but it’s been a while. Should watch that again.

This is a book I would definitely recommend but understand you have to put a lot into it yourself.

Have you read The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? What did you think?

February Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.

My February has been very busy, we get a lot of new staff at work so it’s been quite intense. Because of this, I’ve actually been sleeping more on the train so I’m really impressed that I still got through 9 books! And bucketloads of coffee. I also had one of my best friend’s baby’s first birthday, and two 30th birthdays. So lots of celebrating!


  • The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  • Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson
  • Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood
  • Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Textbook Romance by Zoe Foster
  • One True Love by Barbara Freethy
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Goodreads Challenge Update – 16/100


  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


  • Feb/March – Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett


How was your February?