The Hypnotist's Love Story

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The Hypnotist's Love Story
416 pages; Amy Einhorn
Patrick may be the best boyfriend Ellen, the protagonist of Liane Moriarty's The Hypnotist's Love Story, has ever had. If only women from his past didn't keep getting in the way. First there's former-girlfriend-turned-stalker Saskia. She's not Fatal Attraction scary—when she breaks into Ellen's house all she does is bake biscuits (that turn out to be delicious!). Still, she puts Patrick in the worst mood. Next there's Patrick's eternally young and beautiful wife, who "had to go and die before she had time to get boring or annoying." How is an ordinary hypnotherapist to cope with this sort of competition? You don't have to be a psychic to figure out that love (eventually) will find a way.
— Karen Holt