What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – My Review

Alice

What’s it all about:

Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She’s newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.

There’s just one problem. All of that was ten years ago . . .

Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she’s a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it.

Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade?

Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?

Review

Liane Moriarty has fast become one of my favourite authors. After reading Big Little Lies I found myself searching Amazon to buy more of her books and so What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret were my next investments.
What Alice Forgot is one of those books that forces you to be reflective, to think about your own life – how would you act, feel, love, if you lost a decade of memories. It made me smile, laugh, ponder my own life and marriage. I adore a book that makes you think and think I did. Alice Love has had a nasty bump on the head, a nasty bump that has caused her to lose the last ten years of her life. As far as Alice is concerned, she’s 29 years old, pregnant with her first child and decorating their new dream home with her husband, Nick. So when she wakes up after a trip and fall at the gym, is carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, all Alice can think is how silly it all is that people are making such a fuss. And why on earth is she at the gym with a woman she never particularly liked?Alice Love has had a nasty bump on the head, a nasty bump that has caused her to lose the last ten years of her life. As far as Alice is concerned, she’s 29 years old, pregnant with her first child and decorating their new dream home with her husband, Nick. So when she wakes up after a trip and fall at the gym, is carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, all Alice can think is how silly it all is that people are making such a fuss. And why on earth is she at the gym with a woman she never particularly liked?

Alice Love has had a nasty bump on the head, a nasty bump that has caused her to lose the last ten years of her life. As far as Alice is concerned, she’s 29 years old, pregnant with her first child and decorating their new dream home with her husband, Nick. So when she wakes up after a trip and fall at the gym, is carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital, all Alice can think is how silly it all is that people are making such a fuss. And why on earth is she at the gym with a woman she never particularly liked?

When her sister, Elizabeth arrives at the hospital, Alice just wants Nick. Why hasn’t Nick arrived? What is he doing in Portugal? Why can her sister barely look her in the eye and why, when she does speak to Nick, does he hate her so much?

Of course, ten years on Alice has not only had one child, she has had three and cannot remember a single thing about them. The thought of being left alone with them terrifies her and Nick isn’t much help. They are on the brink of divorce and fighting for custody of the children so he believes everything that she does has a motive behind it, that she always has an angle and is trying to make him look bad. If I’m honest, I felt drained for them both.

Snippets of Alice’s memory try to make a return, a smell with trigger an emotion but she cannot seem to pull out an actual memory. Her family warm to the new old Alice, the Alice that isn’t busy, busy, busy, the Alice that will eat a custard tart without thinking of calories, the Alice that isn’t a bitch.

Along with Alice’s POV we’re treat to a diary of sorts from her sister who is recording events in a journal for her therapist. We learn more about Alice and how she changed from the girl they all loved to the girl who would rather spend time with her new friend Gina than her sister or husband. Alice learns that everything seems to lead back to Gina as the book goes on and when we finally think we have the answers as to who Gina is….we don’t. We don’t even truly have the answers as to who Alice is and what went so wrong between her and Nick until nearer the end.

I cannot express how much I loved this book. The characters felt like they were a part of my life, my heart broke for Alice again and again as she became lost in the new world that she had created for herself but didn’t have a clue how. I longed for Nick’s armour to come down, for a happy ever after for the couple but the way the story pans out to me was perfectly realistic and appropriate. I believed every word I was reading and genuinely wish I could go back and read it for the first time all over again.

For anyone looking for a book to spend their Christmas money or voucher on, anyone looking for a book that will pull you in and keep you in a vice like grip setting you free bit by tiny bit while you hold your breath in anticipation for what else Alice forgot then this is the book for you. I could ramble on for hours and hours but won’t. Just buy it. Please.

5 STARS

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