How far would you go for love and when does it cross the line into obsession? The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty tells the tale of a hypnotherapist named Ellen O’Farrell, her lover Patrick and Saskia, who is Patrick’s ex-girlfriend and stalker.
Ellen O’Farrell leads a normal life helping people overcome some of life’s toughest issues through hypnotherapy but when she falls in love with Patrick, things don’t keep running so smoothly. Patrick is everything she could ask for in a man but Ellen soon finds out that he comes with baggage and plenty of it.
Patrick has a young son to a wife who was ill and passed away but if that wasn’t already enough, he also has a crazed ex lover who stalks him continuously. When Ellen is told about Saskia she is more intrigued than put off or scared by her. Saskia turns up everywhere and they can’t seem to get away from her. From sending text messages and phone calls to showing up everywhere, Saskia has no idea when or how to give it up.
The Hypnotist’s Love Story is largely about love but throw into the mix a stalker, family issues, an unexpected surprise, past loves and disgruntled clients and you have a recipe for a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The story delves into human behaviour, hypnotherapy and also gives us a glimpse into the world of stalking.
The storyline is predictable but the book is an easy and enjoyable read. The story flows nicely, always making sense and the storyline and characters are easy to follow. The story alternates between third person point of view about Ellen and first person point of view from Saskia.
It’s a light read which makes it the perfect book to take away on holidays or a weekend away. It’s also a Women’s Weekly Great Read selection.