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Review: The Hypnotist's Love Story

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As with all other books by Liane Moriarty, I loved The Hypnotist's Love Story. She has such a skill to allow you to reflect on who you are while you get to know the characters she created. Unlike her other books, I did not really relate to any of the characters here. Ellen is lovely and very much like a friend of mine, but not at all like me. And Saskia, who Moriarty tried so hard to make sympathetic, should be taken out and shot to death. Seriously, if Ellen and Patrick were real people and asked for my help in killing Saskia, I would do it. Remember how I said Moriarty invites you to look at yourself?

Unlike Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, Saskia is written as a real, complete, complicated person... one who shows very clearly how a normal person can turn into a creepy stalker. She was not violent, as we expect most stalkers to be. So why did I hate her so virulently? Because of who I am and what I fear, o…

Review: The Obsession

The Obsession by Nora Roberts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a case study in genre mixing—one that does not have a positive outcome. The Obsession begins with a heart rending thriller in which young Naomi discovers her father is a serial rapist and murderer. She rescues his latest victim, then we follow her shattered family as they try to pick up the pieces. But then we jump to adult Naomi, and all the magic gets thrown off a cliff. We are treated to chapters and chapters of interior design description and nonsensical chattering about beveled glass for the cabinets and dishes made from recycled glass. We meet the love interest, who is nice, sexy, and very open about his interest in Naomi. She holds off because, given her past, she shies away from complications or attachments. It has the ingredients, and lord knows Nora Roberts has been doing this long enough to know how to make a good story. But it didn't come together this time. It felt like two entirely different books, with a …