What Alice Forgot

by Liane Moriarty

And then there was that other man—that physiotherapist from Melbourne—who had sent her the card with the mention of “happier times.” Who was he? Was she already on to her second relationship after breaking up with Nick? Had she turned into a hussy? A point-making hussy who went to the gym and upset her beloved sister and hosted “Kindergarten Cocktail Parties”? She hated the person she’d become. The only good part was the clothes.

I loved this almost as much as Big Little Lies. I’ve never read an amnesia story I didn’t like. The characters were fascinating and well developed. I cared about them. Unlike some, I found the young Alice very lovable and was very interested in learning what changed her from the shy sweet kind of ditzy woman very in love and dependent upon her quite lovable husband to the brittle, implacable, super-competent supermom who seemed to hate and be hated by a hostile husband. What could have caused such a transformation? And who the heck is Gina? My theories ran amuck throughout the book until all was revealed. I am not sure the transformation was entirely supported by what happened in her life, but I bought it enough for it not to be a major sticking point. The last 15 to 20% of the book is a real roller-coaster ride…but thanks to a very satisfying epilogue, the crazy train made it to the station safely.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

July 5, 2016

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