“What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty



From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Husband’s Secret

A “cheerfully engaging”* novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…


I impulse purchased the soft cover copy of this book while I was out shopping. No, I do not need more books, but something about the feel and smell of a physical book (most books I receive or purchase are e-books), just grabbed me.

I took it home, sat down and read it cover to cover.

But wait…

I REALLY enjoyed this book, and I REALLY didn’t. If the Author had simply told Alice’s side of the story it would have been WAY better.

The author also used two other narratives, (the sister and grandmother) and one was told in letter format and the other in journal format.

These were long-winded letters, and dragging journal entries that simply did not add to the story. Not at all.

So, instead of just Alice’s story, which was very interesting, you have two other stories that slowed the pace of the book.

I recommend you skim these parts. Read enough so the ending makes sense. I promise this will not take away from the best part, which is Alice’s story. 😉

The only ridiculous part of this book was the record-breaking, enormous lemon meringue pie. ( I think it was lemon.)  Utterly ridiculous and unbelievable, and added nothing to the story. I think the author added this part just so Alice and another important character could have a conversation that did add to the story. So…I see the reason, but the route to it was silly.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars because I did read it in one sitting, and it’s worth reading just for Alice’s story. 🙂



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindy knoke
    Nov 16, 2016 @ 14:01:42

    Great review. I love this author depicitions of suburban moms.



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