A gripping exploration of love and obsession from the bestselling author behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies.
How far would you go to keep the man of your dreams?
Hypnotherapist Ellen 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 slightest. If anything it intrigues her, and the more she hears about Saskia, the more she wants to meet this woman. But what Ellen doesn't know is that they've already met . . .
Saskia has been posing as one of Ellen's clients. Unable to let go of the life she so abruptly lost, she wants to know everything about the woman who took her place. And the further she inches her way into Ellen's world, the more trouble she stirs up.
Ellen's love story is about to take an unexpected turn. But it's not only Saskia who doesn't know where to stop: Ellen also has to ask herself what lines she's prepared to cross to get the happy ending she's always wanted.
Thought-provoking, sympathetic and smart, Liane Moriarty's The Hypnotist's Love Story is a novel for anyone who's ever loved, lost or found it hard to let go.
'A complex, nuanced look at relationships, and the nature of romantic attachment' Telegraph
If you loved The Hypnotist's Love Story, don't miss Liane's new book, Nine Perfect Strangers, available now.
Praise for Liane Moriarty
'Staggeringly brilliant, literally unputdownable' Sophie Hannah
'Keeps you guessing to the very end - perfect summer read' Reese Witherspoon
'Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny' Marie Claire
'The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling' Good Housekeeping
In Moriarty s intriguing follow-up to What Alice Forgot, Ellen O Farrell is a hypnotherapist in Australia who becomes romantically involved with Patrick, a single father and widower with a troubling secret: he has a stalker ex-girlfriend Saskia. Instead of being disturbed, Ellen is curious about Saskia, wondering who she is, why she s stalking Patrick, and if she, Ellen, could ever love anyone enough to stalk them for three years. Soon, Ellen discovers more than she was expecting: after three months of dating, she s pregnant with Patrick s child; Patrick wants to get married; and Saskia has been a patient of hers (under a pseudonym) since Ellen started her relationship with Patrick. Ellen and Patrick (and his son Jack) move in together, but Saskia doesn t stop, a problem abetted by Ellen s inquisitiveness and frustration about Patrick s comparisons of Ellen to his dead wife, Colleen. As Saskia s antics become increasingly aggressive, Ellen soon realizes that their bizarre situation has crossed into dangerous territory. Ellen s voice is compelling and believable, and readers will appreciate Moriarty s deft conveyance of a potentially trite topic into the realm of good storytelling.