What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
What Alice Forgot caught my attention from the first time I heard the premise – a woman bumps her head and forgets the last ten years of her life. Ten years in which she had three children, and separated from her husband.
Tell me you didn’t just think about what your life was like ten years ago, and how many things have changed for you, right?
The premise is undoubtedly the best part of the book, and how it gets you thinking about memories and how things change. The story itself is fine – it’d make a great vacation read as it doesn’t require much brain power or concentration. I’d most likely give it only three stars except that I loved the premise so much that it’s easy to forgive the story for not being stronger.
Remember the woman you used to be …
Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What’s more, she’s looking forward to the birth of the ‘Sultana’ – her first baby.
But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone’s telling her she’s misplaced the last ten years of her life.
In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she’s his worst enemy. What’s more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her either. And who is this ‘Gina’ everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?
Alice isn’t sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn’t have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband forever?
Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Category: Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars
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