The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty


Ellen O’Farrell is a hypnotherapist with an at home office inside her inherited beach front house.   She uses her training of hypnotism to assist people with their relationships, habits, and hang ups.  Ellen herself has never had a serious relationship… at least not until she met Patrick.

Patrick is everything she liked in a man.  He was attractive, fit, held a good job and the fact that he had a son from a marriage where his wife died of cancer was not a deal breaker.  Ellen found herself falling for Patrick until one day he told her they needed to talk.

The dreaded talk.

When Patrick explained that an ex girlfriend stalked him, Ellen, always the therapist, found this to be a bit intriguing.  What Ellen did not understand was that this woman followed Patrick everywhere… refusing to let go… and you would just be surprised at where she shows up…


that it turns out, Ellen already knows her.




It is no secret that I enjoy Liane Moriarty’s books.  It has been a little over a year since I discovered this author, and I guess in a way… I have stalked her books.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story is engaging.  With a twisted theme of a stalker it was a little different from anything I had read before.  I enjoyed the alternating chapters between Ellen and Patrick… and then the stalker’s chapters.  How the stalker justified her actions are a bit hilarious.  It is like she knows she is crazy to do what she does, but then twists it to (in her mind) completely innocent.  “Oh, I just happened to be here at the same time as you!”

I did enjoy this book on audio.  Tamara Lovatt Smith was excellent.  She managed all the characters flawlessly.  I felt the book went on a bit longer than it needed to.  At the point that I felt the story was complete, it goes on.  By that point I was satisfied with the book and would have been happy for it to end.  The rest was like bonus material, it was ok, but I was ready to be done.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 6 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Release Date: June 14, 2012


18 thoughts on “The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

  1. I haven’t read anything by this author yet. I started The Husband’s Secret but was in a reading slump and just couldn’t get into it. I also have the audio of Big Little Lies but haven’t started it yet.

  2. I haven’t read any Liane Moriarty but I hear good things about her work. PS. As for a book about a stalker, there’s an English book (out here in Oz anyway) called You (by Caroline Kepnes), which is very much about a stalker…

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