What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty is yet another book in my quest to read 50 new books before I hit 25 and yet another book from a splurge on the Amazon 3 for £10 deal.
I hesitate to admit, but also yet another one that I didn't read the description of - I thought it would be a psychological thriller, but it's actually a quite frank book about life and romance, and how people change.
I did pick up a Lianne Moriarty book before (The Husbands' Secret), but I didn't like how it was written and gave up a couple of chapters in. This one however is nice and linear and easy to follow, so I'm glad I gave Lianne Moriarty another chance.
In short, Alice, 39, hits her head at the gym and forgets the last 10 years of her life. When she is released from hospital (having lied about remembering), it turns out she has three children, her and her perfect husband are divorcing, her sister hates her, and she's become rather skinny. Obviously, all of this is an alien world to the 29 year old with the perfect life she thinks she is. As the book develops, the younger Alice tries to correct everything she sees as amiss, with those around her thinking she is crazy - 'once you get your memory back, you'll see'. Predictably at the end of the book Alice does indeed remember everything that was a myth to her, and it is interesting to see how she reacts!
This book hit a bit close to home as at the moment for me, everything is absolutely rosy, but I have no idea where I'll be in 10 years or how life will change me. It is quite interesting to see the contrast of how much Alice has changed and has been shaped by life events.
This book is actually on the longer side, at around 500 pages, but I still managed to finish it in two sittings. I would definitely recommend it if you want an easy, well written book to get lost in.
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