Title: The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: Pan Macmillan, 2011
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?