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Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice ForgotWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alice Love is 29 and expecting her first child. She's madly in love with her husband, Nick and they're renovating their dream house. Only this was all 10 years ago. Alice fell at her step class and banged her head and has lost the last 10 years. She has no memory of her 3 children and is shocked to discover that she and Nick are headed for divorce. What on earth has happened over the past 10 years to get her to this point? And when she remembers, will she want to go back to life with Nick or will her memories reinforce the choices she can't remember making?

This was a lovely book. It captures really well the realities of life with children and indeed life without children. Alice's journey is believable and quite moving. The asides, in the form of journal and blog, from Elisabeth and Frannie provided moving and amusing counterpoints and really helped flesh out the secondary characters and fill some holes for the reader.

This was a deal of the day on Amazon and was more than worth the 99p purchase. I would recommend it even at full price.

Particularly recommended for those closer to 40 than 30, with a slight warning for those who might find discussion of recurrent miscarriage and infertility upsetting.

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