Review of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty


Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She’s newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby. There’s just one problem. All of that was ten years ago…

Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she’s a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it.

Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade? Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?


Many thanks to Katie at Penguin for kindly sending me another copy of Liane’s wonderful novels. Liane is the author of the best selling novel The Husband’s Secret so naturally, I was very excited to read another novel of hers. What Alice Forgot has been previously published but in 2014, it’s been republished with a beautiful new cover.

At the beginning of the narrative, readers don’t know who Alice is and quite frankly, neither does Alice. She’s very confused of her surroundings and once she’s in the hospital, her family make things even more confusing by informing her what events have happened during the past 10 years – the ones she’s forgot about.

The involvement of Elizabeth’s Homework for Dr. Hodges is unclear in the first chapter but by the second, we’re very aware of why she’s seeing a therapist. It amazed me of how neat and in time the missing puzzle pieces where. Every now and then, both the readers and Alice discovered another piece and after a while, it all started to click into place. The blog posts from Alice’s Grandmother were a very unusual addition to the narrative but they fitted in perfectly after a while.

The power of the novel is turned up a notch when Alice doesn’t remember her children. There is instant sympathy to her from the reader as she struggles to remember who they are and when they were born. However, with the use of flashbacks and family members jogging her memory, Alice soon begins to remember (not a spoiler, may I just point out!)

I very much enjoyed how the novel turned out as a whole and like most memory based novels, a bump on the head usually does the trick for all to be restored.

Website: http://lianemoriarty.com.au/