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review 2017-07-28 12:01
What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Listened to in audio format.


What Alice Forgot was set around Alice from the day of her accident to the day of the Monster Meringue Party when her memory returned.


Before Alice hit her head she was a 39 year old mother of 3 and soon to be divorced.  After the accident she thought she was 29 years old, happily married to Nick and pregnant with her first born nicknamed the sultana.  The 29 year old Alice was far nicer then the bitter 39 year old Alice.  I really felt for young Alice when she was shocked to realise that the older version of Alice is a fitness fanatic, thin, well dressed and a large part of the school community.


Whe she first spoke to Nick she was genuinely upset and confused that the man she loved actually despised her.  Also young Alice was close to her older sister Elizabeth but was sad to find other the years their relationship had deteriorated but did not understand why.  In between chapters there were diary extracts from Elizabeth to her therapist which gave her opinion of Alice and Elizabeth's fertility problems.


I enjoyed the memory flashbacks that Alice had revealing snippets of the past.  I longed to find out what happended to Alice to change her personality.  The last 3 chapters made this book for me when you realised that their breakup was not due to one incident but a series of incidents caused by Alice and Nick.  It makes you realise there are 2 sides to every story.


I did enjoy What Alice Forgot but not as much as Big Little Lies.  The story was too long and sometimes dragged.  Unfortunately it did not call me to drop everything to listen.  I also thought the blog entries from Alice's unofficial Grandma were unnecessary.


On the whole a decent story with a satisfying ending.





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review 2017-07-01 23:00
The Husband’s Secret ★★★★☆
The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Sometimes I get impatient with the kind of novel where you have to follow what seems like a bazillion characters and their disparate storylines, until those stories finally come together at the end. This one, however, kept me engaged from the beginning, because each storyline was populated with realistically interesting and flawed characters, and I was genuinely curious to discover how their stories would all resolve. Admittedly, it did seem to rely on a lot of convenient coincidences, but most novels do.


This was a story of relationships, choices, and the consequences of allowing pride, unconscious prejudice, and assumptions to drive decisions. I enjoyed it very much.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Caroline Lee does her usual outstanding job of giving voice to a cast of characters.



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6/25/17 – 4%


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text 2017-06-26 02:02
The Husband's Secret: 4%
The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

It's amazing that, before the first chapter is even up, Moriarty has drawn her characters with such humanity and realism that I feel more connected to them, more interested in them, than for Grisham's characters throughout his entire book

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text 2017-06-24 18:18
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Truly, Madly, Guilty - Signed/Autographed Copy - Liane Moriarty

Maybe I've been unfairly biased by all the negative reviews I've read for this, but 7% in and I can't take anymore of these annoying cliqued characters. I want to bash their heads together! Anyway, I'm going to swap this for Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.


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review 2017-06-24 16:22
Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty 
Truly, Madly, Guilty - Signed/Autographed Copy - Liane Moriarty

It's not a thriller.


Imagine that line as spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger to his class in Kindergarten Cop. I start here because I saw a review saying what a disappointing thriller it was, and it would be disappointing if that was what Moriarty were shooting for. It's also not a romance, or a mystery, or a literary novel, although it does share some elements with those.


What it is is a book about regular middle class suburban couples who experience a trauma together, and how it affects their lives thereafter. It's not a big trauma, it's not newsworthy, but it affects them all, and their little kids, too. And because the author takes her work seriously, there is much more to it than just that, humor, and backstory, and a way through, and a future.


I love books like this about living in after some bad thing. Fairy tales are important because they teach us that the witch or the monster can be killed, these books (and I hope someone has a short, catchy name for the genre that isn't sexist, because I sure don't) these books demonstrate how to live through the bad things and still have a good life. I don't believe stories about people living through horrible events and being stoic and saintly and a good example. Pain doesn't make people stronger or better, it makes us angry, and short-tempered, and hell to get along with. And of course, we all have pain and most of it is garden-variety common and of no interest to others. And the older we get the more time we spend attending funerals, the more people we have to lose. These books remind us that we can still laugh at the wake, that there are many ways to comfort one another in our loss.


I'm on my way to a funeral soon 

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