Big Little Lies

9780399167065_p0_v3_s260x420Liane Moriarty tells a satisfying tale in her latest book, now on the bestseller list – Big Little Lies.  Like her popular The Husband’s Secret, this story has the compelling characters, twisted lives, horrible villains, and lovable heroines. Best of all, the ending punishes the wicked and rewards the good – nothing like a happy ending, especially when the villain is destroyed.

The book opens with a murder, and Moriarty cleverly keeps the reader guessing on the identity, as she weaves the tale around the heroine and her entourage. It would spoil all the fun to tell you too much, but this fast light read is another success on Moriarty’s growing list of winners.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

9780425260937_p0_v2_s260x420When one of Liane Moriarty’s funny, quirky books appears on my library list, I know it will be a mood lifter, and The Hypnotist’s Love Story was no exception. With the style I came to appreciate in What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret, Moriarty connects unlikely possibilities with ordinary circumstances and likable characters.

The story revolves around Ellen O’Farrell and the clients she tries to help with hypnotherapy. From the bride to be who is trying to give up smoking to the overweight lawyer, Moriarty mixes serious issues with gentle caring – and a few laughs. When Ellen meets Patrick, a widower, who has a former lover who is stalking him, the scary incidents dovetail with her new romance. Saskia, the stalker, is one of Ellen’s clients.  All ends well but not before the plot takes some strange turns.

With not as many surprises as her later work, The Hypnotist’s Love Story is still a page-turning fast read and a welcome change of pace.