A “sharp and funny romantic tale” (O, the Oprah Magazine) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers.
Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.
Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.
Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.
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Before Big Little Lies made her an international sensation, Liane Moriarty put an unusual spin on the love triangle story. Hypnotherapist Ellen O’Farrell helps her patients cope with emotional problems, but her own track record with relationships is pretty grim. All that changes after she falls for charming widower Patrick. Unfortunately, he comes with a lot of baggage, specifically his ex-girlfriend Saskia, who has been stalking Patrick ever since they broke up. Narrator Tamara Lovatt Smith adroitly handles Moriarty’s signature blend of pointed comedy and steadily increasing tension, which culminates in a twist we never saw coming.
I absolutely love this author. And, she picks the best readers! While I want to get to the end to see what happens, I want to stay in the story for as long as possible.