Book Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity

Book Review What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity {living outside the stacks}


TitleWhat Alice Forgot

Author: Liane Moriarty

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: May 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 459

ABOUT THE BOOK {from the back cover}

Alice Love is twenty~nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, 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 is actually thirty~nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced.

That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs 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 how to start over…


Liane Moriarity is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Husband’s Secret as well as The Hypnotist’s Love Story, What Alice Forgot, The Last Anniversary, and Three Wishes. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband two children.

You can find out more about Liane Moriarity at her website.

Book Review What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity {living outside the stacks}


What no one tells you is that marriage is hard. What we learn, if we stick it out, is that marriage is beautiful.

As many of you know, The Hubs and I have entered the empty nest stage in our lives/marriage but, oh~my~word, do I remember the early years of our marriage when it felt like all I was doing was getting Kool~Aid and little else: no sleep, no sense of self, no romance, none of the things that the fairy tales promise with their singing birds , dancing tea kettles, and happily ever afters. For The Hubs part, he was focused on his career and trying to earn enough to support our growing family. For years, it felt like we were living separate lives, coming together to pay the bills, eat an occasional meal, and, well, that was about it.

You don’t think when you get married that your conversations will drift from whispers of love and adoration to grunts of approval or disapproval. Sexy nighties will give way to oversized tees with questionable stains. Romantic dinners will morph into sampling while cooking and eating the kids’ {cold} leftovers. The funny thing is that these changes happen so subtly that you don’t even notice it. And when you do, the kids are teenagers and you and your spouse are sitting there looking at each other wondering what you’ve become.

This is what happened to Alice.

In the span of ten years she {and her life} had become unrecognizable. After getting bumped on the head, Alice forgets the last ten years of her life and slowly learns through conversations and interactions with those around her that she and her life are not at all what she had expected. And now that she has a chance for a do~over, will she take it? Or will she stay and fight for the life she always dreamed she’d have?

This book is about facing the realities of our decisions and learning to fight for the things we believe in.

This story, Alice’s life, is relatable and I think that’s what makes this book an enjoyable {believable} read. “Watching” Alice come to grips with the person she’s become and how her actions have affected others is both revealing and thought provoking. Are we fair to others? Or are we so caught up in our own lives that the smallest slight becomes reason enough to walk away from lifelong relationships?

The characters are well developed and engaging. There are several different {back} stories that are told from the perspective of different family members, which I found interesting. Kind of made me wish I could get into the heads of some of my friends and family members to see what they’re thinking/feeling.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who enjoys family drama. Excellent choice for book groups because of the wide range of topics.


They could look at an old photo together and travel back in time to the same place; they could begin a million conversations with “Do you remember when…”; they could hear the first chords of an old song on the radio and exchange glances that said everything without words. Each memory, good and bad, was another invisible thread that bound them together, even when they were foolishly thinking they could lead separate lives.

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This passage resonated with me because I always tell people this is one of the things that I love about my marriage. The Hubs and I can look at each other from across the room and know exactly what the other is thinking and feeling. It’s comfortable. It’s rewarding. It’s perfect.


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  • Connie Foitik Lichtenberg

    This is one of my very favorite books!! I found your blog by accident (read as found one blof that related to me, clicked “similar”, found another interesting blog…rinse and repeat a dozen times). My girls (14 & 18) referred to the books in that period as “is this ANOTHER amnesia book?” I can’t wait to see what other books interest you. Although, my Goodreads “to read” list is quite full. LOLL

    Great blog! Look forward to readingredients more.

    • “Another amnesia book” LOL Love it. This book definitely had me hooked from the beginning. I plan to read many more of Moriarity’s books. And thank you for stopping by. If you have any book suggestions, please feel free to share. I’m always looking to add to the list.

  • Lois Houston

    I started it (read the free sample on my Kindle) and then never picked it back up — now you make me want to go read it! I was afraid it was going to be cheesy. I think, given where I’m at (stage of life) with teenagers and bumping up on the time when it’ll just be us two old married people again, it will be a fun, thought provoking read. *off to buy the book*

    • I’m good for starting books on my Kindle and then never picking them up again. It’s not that the books are bad or boring, I just get distracted by squirrels…

      I think this book hits on so many different stages in married life, that it would be hard for anyone no to find themselves in the story. I’d be interested to know how you like the book.

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