Amazon • Narrator: Tamara Lovatt Smith
For fans of Emily Giffin, another wonderful book from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET... Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her. Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.
Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who is dating a nice widower, Patrick and his son. Unfortunately, Patrick came with excess baggage in the form of an ex-girlfriend Saskia who wouldn’t move on. At first, I thought this book was about Ellen, but at the end, I decided it was Saskia and Ellen’s book.
Two women in love with the same man and the effect on their self esteem and worth.
For instance, Saskia watched and followed Patrick everywhere, invading his space to the point that Patrick went to the authorities for protection. That chick was cray-cray.
Ellen experienced self doubt because deep down she wasn’t sure if she was good enough. Clearly Ellen had daddy issues that she wasn’t aware of and so she constantly compared herself to Patrick’s deceased wife. Also, when Saskia’s activity begins to escalate, the academic in Ellen got curious about “why” Saskia would behave so obsessively. I was actually shocked that a scholar who seemed to have knowledge about obsessive behavior wasn’t more concerned for her own welfare.
Saskia was out of control.
I felt like the author went out of her way to make Patrick seem sketchy and subtly show empathy for Saskia’s behavior. I appreciate in the end that it was stated clearly that had Saskia been a man, the behavior would have been completely condemned by all.
The writing was good but the story dragged. I think about 100 pages less would have been perfect. I liked Ellen and understood her issues, but I don’t like how she used her professional skills to get answers instead of communicating with her boyfriend—the same thing she tells her clients.
Saskia was a character I detested because I have known people like her in male form and it is the worst fear one could have. I didn’t like the fact the author tried to me “understand” her.