Fiction · Sadie J

What Alice Forgot | by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2011, 432 pages)

In 1998, Alice is 29 years old, married, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she suddenly wakes up in a gym in 2008 where she is 39 years old, getting divorced, has three kids and doesn’t remember the last decade of her life. After hitting her head in the gym, Alice has to try and piece together all the changes in her life in the last ten years, including learning who her children are and why she’s getting a divorce. And why does everything keep leading back to Gina, someone she doesn’t even know? There are just too many questions and too few people that are willing to give her answers.

What I enjoyed about What Alice Forgot is that Moriarty doesn’t show who Alice really is when she’s 39. You wake up with Alice thinking that she’s 29 and pregnant and learn things about her life as she pieces them together. That is what really made the story for me. The narrator, Alice, wasn’t holding anything back or keeping any secrets from the reader, she just simply didn’t know.

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