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.
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Berkley/Nal Marketing, 2011
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Any time The Hypnotist's Love Story explained hypnotism, all I could think about was Get Out.
However, this book was far different from that movie. The book focused on Ellen and Patrick's relationship and their struggles, especially the fact that Patrick had a stalker. The fact that I enjoy mystery and thrillers made me think that the stalker would be far more ominous than she was. She definitely was scary, but not in a TV show sort of way, in a realistic sort of way, if that makes sense. My favorite part about The Hypnotist's Love Story was the examination of how the stalker made Ellen feel, and how the stalker felt herself. It was psychologically interesting, and I had never thought about how anyone other than the victim might feel in a situation like this. Dramatic shows and movies usually focus on the victim and the stalker is a terrifying, evil force with no conscious at all - very one dimensional. I appreciated the thorough examination in Moriarty's book.