Book Review : What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

May 30, 2016 Book review 18 ★★★★★

I’ve been binge reading all the books by this talented author lately but What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty is my flat-out favourite.  Not just my favourite by this author but one of my favourite reads so far this year.


Book Review :  What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Published by PanMacmillan Australia on 1 May 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Love & Romance
Pages: 487
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator: Caroline Lee
Length: 13 hours and 32 minutes
Buy on Amazon

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.

addictive BOOKLOVE Must-Read Page-Turner ReReadable


Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.






The Assets of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:


check mark Vibrant Characters: I loved the characters; they were quirky, bubbly and very believable.  In particular Alice charmed me right from the very first page and I went through all the highs, lows and confusion with her.


check mark Memory Loss Theme: I was so on board with this!  Alice has lost 10 years of her life and can’t believe how different 30-year-old Alice is from 40-year-old Alice.  It made me look back and remember what 10-years-younger-Trish was like and I know I’d be as confused as Alice.  Life changes us so much in a decade.


check mark Granny blogger:  Alice’s grandmother was a blogger and I loved her blog posts.  And I snorted in laugher at the comments underneath them.


check mark Infertility theme: Alice’s sister has fertility issues and this story resonated hard with me.  I listened with a pain in my heart and tears in my eyes, it was raw and real.


check mark Bittersweet romance: 30-year-old Alice was all loved up with her husband, doing up their dream home and expecting their first child.  40-year-old Alice is harder and going through a bitter divorce.  And there was no big story, just everyday life and wrong priorities getting in the way.  It felt believable and made me re-examine my own priorities. But it was also hopeful and tender.




The Liabilities of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:


x Poetic Licence needed:  Would anyone leave a woman who has lost her memory alone with 3 children when she has no idea who they are.  Nope, I don’t think so.


x Just tell her!  Why did none of her family sit her down and fill in the blanks!



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars



Investment potential of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:


Buy ASAP!  Despite those two (overly critical!) niggles, I adored this book.  Go forth and read, come back and thank me later!  I highly recommend the audiobook version as the narrator is charming and matches the tone of the book perfectly.  Fans of Lisa Jewell and JoJo Moyes should also enjoy.




Never miss a bookish post! Plus you get a free download - Note to Book - to document your own bookish thoughts.

Signup now and receive blog posts by email.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

18 Responses to “Book Review : What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty”

  1. Brandie

    I’ve loved every book I’ve ready by this author, but haven’t read this one yet. Great review! I’m definitely going to have to read it soon.

    • trish

      Oh you should Brandie, it’s my favourite so far. And I love all Liane’s books so that’s high praise from me.

    • trish

      I’m intrigued by memory loss too Grace. The highlight of this book for me though was the characters, I just feel in love with them all!

  2. Dawn OBrien

    l knew you’d love this one too! I’ve just got three wishes from the library for my next liane read?

    • trish

      I finished Three Wishes last week Dawn. I thought it was good fun but it wasn’t my favourite by Liane. Still a great read though! I’m reading The Last Anniversary now, loving it!

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Liane Moriarty is an author I really need to read and this one sounds really good. I like that the divorce is just everyday stuff and not some big scandal. I definitely think that’s more often the case and it’s easy to see how people get there. I think you’re negatives are going to bother me too (especially the just tell her one!) but it sounds like the positives more than outweigh the bad. I’m looking forward to reading this one!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Deep Dark – Review

    • trish

      I’m reading book after book by her Katherine as I’m a little bit obsessed by her writing! I love her characters as they are so realistic and I love the warm, breezy, gossipy feel of her books. Perfect summer reads.
      So true about reasons for marital breakup, I think that makes this story seem so bittersweet as you know how much they really love each other but life just got in the way.

  4. Greg

    I like the idea of this one and this may be the next Liane Moriarty book I read. I love the idea of second chances and her going back and having to rediscover everything that’s happened. I like that she writes about life and her characters are quirky! And the grandma blogger and comments sounds a bit like the interview parents in Big Little Lies, which was one of my favorite parts of that book!
    Greg recently posted…Game of Thrones Blood of my Blood

    • trish

      It’s my favourite one by her so far Greg and I’m declaring myself a Liane Moriarty expert these days as I’ve been reading book after book by her!

    • trish

      I feel the same. I have binge read all her books lately and think her writing style is just so cool. It’s like having a chat with a great friend.

  5. Syira

    I love this review, it is easy to get what you wanna say about this book in a simple way. I just discover your blog btw!

    • trish

      I agree it’s implausible but when writing is this good, who cares! I love Liane Moriarty and have been reading all books over the last few weeks. And ohhh, you have a new blog! Off to check it out 🙂

  6. Rachel

    Ohhhh we have a slight difference in this one! I read it a while ago, and it was my first Moriarty. I was after The Husband’s Secret for ages but could never find it at a great price, so settled for this one (I have THS now though!). I did enjoy this read, especially that granny, but I felt it was a little long, and I couldn’t help but be depressed by the stark difference between the couple in their younger years, and who they became, as well as how much Alice changed, at her core, as she got older. Do I think I could wake up in 10 years and literally not recognise myself?? I don’t know, it made me very sad. R xx
    Rachel recently posted…Review: The Second Love of My Life

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.