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 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.
What an exhilarating read! It’s a joy to read about characters who feel so real. Not overly perfect, nor overly flawed. Characters who go through situations and emotions that never feel contrived, happening because it was time for x to be done, y to be said, and z to be the consequence. Alice and Nick felt like a real couple, having real problems made even more complicated by Alice’s memory loss.
I really enjoyed the way the story was presented. So many little mysteries surrounding each of the main characters, raising questions that the reader is left to ponder and (try) to puzzle out, just like Alice. And, like Alice, you begin to learn that things are not always what they seem to be. As I neared the end, I was starting to dread the return of Alice’s memory, because the “real” Alice seemed like someone who should be forgotten.
Highly recommend this book to everyone who loves this particular genre.
Author: Liane Moriarty
Title: What Alice Forgot
Published: May 2009 by Pan Australia
Rating: ★★★★★ – BOOK WORTH READING