BLOGGER BOOKCLUB : What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Monday, 25 January 2016

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Book : What Alice Forgot
Author : Liane Moriarty
Where to buy : Waterstones | Amazon
Rating: 3/5

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?


Alice has bumped her head and lost 10 years of her life. Alice thinks she’s 29 not 39, She doesn’t remember her 3 children,  she can’t remember why her relationship with her sister is a bit strained and definitely doesn’t remember that she’s getting a divorce from Nick. What will she do? What would you do in that situation? Scary right?

Despite getting through this book really quickly (literally a matter of days) it was a bit of a chore. I say this because I felt the story was dragged out a fair bit before getting to the conclusion and I got a bit frustrated! You see, within the first few chapters Alice obviously is going to be coming to terms that she cant remember the last 10 years of her life, which is understandable. But then it carries on.... I feel it took a long time to get answers to the questions she had. You'd think her family would be quick to fill her in but they just aren't, they don't seem to want to help her rediscover the last 10 years of her life that she's forgotten. That  really annoyed me! If it was my relative then I would be doing everything I could to try and help them remember what they forgot.  Why wouldn't you help by giving the answers they want!? Completely baffled!
I think one reason why it felt like it took forever to read was because this book actually covers a lot of different topics. Despite being about memory loss predominately other topics come into play like death, infertility, relationships & euthanasia. This is done quite well through various other characters in the story . We have Alicies sister Elizabeth with her journal entries & her grandmothers blog. I felt Elizabeth’s parts within the book were a good addition and helped understand Alices story a little better, however Frannies blog entries didn’t seem to bring anything extra and I felt weren’t really needed?

Despite me having a moan about the book dragging a bit. I didn't completely hate it. hence the 3.5 rating. This was a nice book to read among all the thrillers I have been reading recently. It's nice to break up the genres a bit! I just wish it hadn't taken so long to get the answers!

Check out the other girls posts to see what they thought about the book Lorna, & Lizzie,  If you'd like to be part of blogger book club then leave a comment and we will be in touch!

Click here to read last months Blogger Book Club review; Techbitch by Lucy Skyes & Jo Piazza

February's book is also by Liane Moriarty, The Husbands Secret.

Much love,