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The Woman Who Stole My Life
International bestselling author Marian Keyes is back with another masterfully told story full of wit and charm.
'Name: Stella Sweeney.
Recent life events: dramatic.'
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life.
For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for
It pains me to say it, but I have a lot of beefs with this book. These are the top three:
1) The Protagonist, Stella. She just didn't make sense to me. 80% of the time she's a complete doormat. She gets bullied by her kids, her husband, her sister... pretty much all of the main cast, and she just takes it. Happily. Gratefully. I thought she might grow some back bone after she was sick, but no. The other characters ...more
Stella has turned forty, her husband is forever working and her two teenage kids are like ships passing the night. Her daughter has a boyfriend now and thinks she's in love, while her son is more interested in yoga and cooking than being a regular teenage boy. Then an unexpected illness means Stella's life is about to change, in more ways than one.
The story zigzags through different stages of a two year ...more
What a disaster. Not quite as bad as the schlocky magical realism of The Brightest Star in the Sky, but close.
This *may* be an acceptable book for a anyone who hasn't read Marian Keyes before. But for those of us who have? I think we expect her work to be, first and foremost, funny. Fail. The attempts at humour were trying too hard. I think I maybe giggled to myself once or twice.
Now, the characters- usually her characters are jumping off the page and are so likeable and ...more
Irish author Marian Keyes has published a string of bestselling chick lit novels since the mid 1990's including the popular Walsh Family series.
The Woman Who Stole My Life is a stand alone title featuring Stella Sweeney, a Dublin wife, mother and beautician, whose ordinary life is turned completely upside down when she falls ill with a rare illness.
The timeline is a little messy to begin with, starting with a fender bender that happened a few weeks before Stella got sick and then jumping to ...more
The Woman Who Stole My Life was SO ...more
By the time I emerged from this phase and started reading more widely, Marian Keyes was well established, and when I started working in bookshops she had her own section on the shelf. But somehow, though people kept ...more
The characters are so vivid and there's great dialogue and description throughout. Marian ...more
After she recovers she makes some really odd decisions. A lot of things that are preposterous happen including how she "writes" a book. She has an ex-husband that's an idiot, a ...more
I pre ordered this book earlier in this year and was overjoyed that Marian has a new one coming out. I have to say I struggled with it initially but when ...more
After reading some pretty bad reviews about this book, I was prepared for the worst! However, The woman who stole my life ...more
2018 Subjects Specific Reading Challenge
I have 30 books with specific subjects that I need to read
Book 15: A book by an author with your same initials
MK - this sounded easier than it was....
Not a Romance Fan; never was, never will be
First Sentence: Can I make one thing clear – no matter what you’ve heard, and I’m sure you’ve heard plenty – I’m not a full-blown Karma-Denier.
I need to start by saying this was the only author I could come-up with that had the same initials as me. I very rarely ...more
I have loved Marian Keyes' books ever since the first one. "Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married" is what got me through the week of Princess Diana's death, and I snatch up each new book as soon as it's available. This one I pre-ordered as soon as I got the email from amazon. But I have to say I ...more
And that's why I continue to enjoy her books.
In this case I liked very much how the book was ...more
The Woman Who Stole My Life has you hanging on every word. It has you holding your breath in anxiety. It has you making up your own little scenarios and fixating on little clues about what has happened to Stella that is so bad that she's had to leave a glamorous and fantastic ...more
Oh my goodness! I have not laughed so hard in a long time. This book was hilarious. I haven't read Marian Keyes in a long time and I have read most of her books. I think this one by far was her best. God, was it funny. I do have to agree with the other reviewer on Goodreads that the trip to the States just kind of drug the story out. There was absolutely nothing funny and it really added nothing to the story. Unless the author wanted to talk about the stress the tour put upon the ...more
The Woman who Stole my Life is a novel by one of my favourite Irish authors Marian Keyes, the thing is though, I really haven't read much Marian in the past 5 or so years... Why? I don't know.... I have read the Walsh series of books but I seem to have been distracted by other authors and just wasn't compelled to pick it up. Truth be told, I picked this book up about 6 months ago through Audible, I listened to the ...more
I had heard a few whispered review that are not favorable to this new book, but i have to hugely disagree. This story is a little hard to get into, but when you so, it keeps you hook line and pages. The descriptions of lives, loves and living inside her own body is simply brilliant.
Stella is a woman who has a normal life, but it changes fast. I loved her character and i'm not sure if its due to her ...more
Stella is the main character telling us about her life - after developing Guillain–Barré syndrome and spending a year paralysed in hospital she writes a book and her life spins off into lots of different directions.
I found it very funny and warming - the only irritation was some of the characters were a bit extreme at times. I love Stella the best!
Keyes has been a prolific, bestselling author since her 1995 debut – but I’d never read anything of hers before ‘The Woman Who Stole My Life’. I went in not knowing much (that blurb is really quite bare), but I’d been hearing a lot about this book since 2014 so was moved to give her a try.
What the blurb leaves out (one of the many things) is that this is story within a story, sort of – ...more
When I want a book that has a conversational tone and characters with depth, all wrapped up with a sharp, dry wit; Marian Keyes is the author whose books I will turn to.
First Line ofThe Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes:
“Can I make one thing clear – no matter what you’ve heard, and I’m sure you’ve heard plenty – I’m not a full-blown Kama-Denier.”
My Thoughts on The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes:
I really enjoy Marian’s books ...more
After reading a number of bad reviews about this book, I was prepared for the worst when I picked it up. I have not read any books by Marian Keyes before so I have no grounds of comparison between her past work and this one. But I must say, I got intrigued by the title and decided to go for it anyway. To my surprise (pleasant), I really enjoyed this book and do recommend it if you’re looking for a new read full of humor, drama as well as real life struggles. I ...more
Reading this new Marian Keyes book reminded ...more
Sadly, no more. Her previous two novels really didn't hit the spot at all for me, and although this one was an improvement on The Mystery of Mercy Close (marginally), for me, Marian's writing has just lost that magic.
Whilst other 'chick lit' writers who have been around as long as Marian ...more