What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Book Review by Navina Anand

Imagine if you lost your memory of the last decade of your life. This is the fascinating premise on which Alice Moriarty’s book  ‘What Alice Forgot’ is set. As the heroine who has lost her memory tries to piece together her life , we travel along with her and we are equally puzzled, amused and at times shocked as the events unfold in her life.   How she had gone from a 29-year-old happily married woman who was expecting her first child to a woman with three children on the brink of divorce with all her naivete and  optimism wiped out is the journey of this book.

In my opinion, the heroine is actually lucky that she lost her memory. She remembers herself as the person whom she had been  a decade ago, with all the joie de vivre of a person excited about starting out in life . And then slowly when her memories come back, we are able to see the contrast between how she felt about things ten years ago and how they have turned out. She gets a second chance to fix things and to look at life from two perspectives. That is what makes this book absolutely fascinating. It makes the readers reflect on their own lives and how our views and attitudes change over time even though we would like to believe that we never change.

As a lover of happy endings, it had me gunning for a certain ending, but the ending was actually better than what  I wanted it to be ! This book is an easy read and yet has a lot of depth in terms of what it has to offer. It can be as light or deep as you want it to be. Humour, drama, suspense, heartache… this book has it all and keeps it all in balance as it delivers the perfect ‘Chick lit’  experience.

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