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'Okay, I'll write my introduction. 'Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.'

Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with - or really for - her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here. Nothing to make her
Paperback, 534 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't review books, but as a long time Keyes fan, I feel compelled to.

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 (a
Margaret Madden
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I received an ARC of this book via and PenguinUK in return for an honest review

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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**spoiler alert**

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 identi
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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 th
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miss reading chick lits. They were such a big part of my reading life several years ago, very the young adult genre invaded m life. The Woman Who Stole My Life just made me realize how much I missed chick lits. This book is a whooping 550 pages but I breezed through them all. I have never read a book by Marian Keyes but I do own three of her books, Sushi for Beginners, Under the Duvet, and Rachel's Holiday. I am definitely bumping them higher on my TBR.

The Woman Who Stole My Life was SO confu
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I hadn't read anything else by Marian Keyes, I would probably have given this book five stars. However, it wasn't QUITE up to her usual standard. I love this Irish author and appreciate so much the many happy hours of reading she has given me. And I totally understand if she is a little off her game right now, having battled severe depression for some time. How can you write funny under those circumstances? But Marian nevertheless does a valiant job with this book -- it wasn't laugh-out-loud ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read this book and I'm just finally getting around to writing a review. What I can tell you is that it's on my 2015 Favorites list at Chick Lit Central. The interesting factor is that a good chunk of the story is narrated in Stella's head, since she can't talk and has to communicate through blinks. What happens next is full of interesting surprises and Stella is in for a wild ride.

The characters are so vivid and there's great dialogue and description throughout. Marian
Thomas Strömquist
This book was in every way as enjoyable as the most by Marian Keyes. Jumping a bit in time, it tells the story of Stella Sweeney, Irish mum and beautician, who gets afflicted with the Guillain-Barré-syndrome (already here you could tell that I would be partial to the story as I wrote an academic work on it when I went to nursing school - very much inspired by the great No Laughing Matter and by my extensive studies I can tell you it is also called "The Landry-Guillain-Barré Strohl-syndrome". But ...more
When Marian Keyes first broke into the literary scene, I was in the middle of my “so grown up I get to read all the horror” phase. I was reading Graham Masterton novels based on Lovecraftian tales and other books about the things that go bump in the night; the gorier the better!

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 tell
Susan Johnson
I used to love a Marian Keyes. They were light and funny and a vacation for my mind. This as none of those things. I didn't find it funny and it was just one stupid thing after another. Initially I liked Stella Sweeney. She was suffering from a life threatening disease and you really had to root for it. Funny? No.

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 daught
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 really, but I've rounded up because it's Marian. And because I basically read it in a day and stayed up late to finish and I can't remember the last time I did that. Only complaint is that it ended a bit too quickly. I wanted more!
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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 r
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy divertido, muy bien armado.- Con personajes muy originales pero sin perder la coherencia, o incoherencia según les corresponda.- Una lectura muy entretenida.-
Angela Oliver
Keyes books used to be a delightful combination of funny, poignant and dark, but now the ratio seems to be swinging too far to the dark side, and slipping into bitterness. I tried very hard to like Stella Sweeney, to empathise with her life, and while she was paralysed it was easy enough - lost in her thoughts, not knowing whether she would recover, die or remain in such a state indefinitely. Her little clashes with Dr Mannix were like tiny beads of humour, scattered amongst a tragic anxiety. Ho ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a hot mess. Sometimes Keyes' hot-button Obvious Book Topic approach works, more often it doesn't. This time it bombs spectacularly, mainly because there's not just one Topic, there's several. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read everything by my beloved Marian Keyes and she remains one of my favourite authors. The Walsh family have a special place in my heart and they brought a lot of laughter to my life. Without a Marian Keyes book in my hand is just unthinkable and I missed her terribly, but understood totally, when she was so ill that she couldn't write.

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
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-fiction
Stella Sweeney survived a life-threatening illness and (sort of) wrote a self-help book as a result, which sort of led to fame and fortune, but it all came crashing down and now life is totally falling apart.

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
Natalie TBGWP
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book this is. I have to admit I had my reservations about it as I'd read a book similar not long before, but this was truly overwhelming and a book I know I will constantly refer too, recommend and reread.

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 li
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will start off this review by stating - I heart Marian Keyes novels. In the beginning I enjoyed them because they made me laugh; out loud, they made me weep with laughter, and they usually had hilarious dialogue. In the past few years her style has changed somewhat, rather than going for the big laugh I find that Keyes is more about developing a character and taking them on a journey of personal growth.

And that's why I continue to enjoy her books.

In this case I liked very much how the book was
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, chick-lit
Review originally posted on my blog here

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 f
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
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 char
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And she is back...please all welcome back the fantastic author back on her rightful stage!

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 lovelin
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
As I said, entertaining enough but nothing especial. It's a typical romantic novel filled with cliches. The heroine who is "on the wrong side of forty" makes the decisions of a 16-year old, which rather annoyed me. Then there is the dreamy love interest with which she has no real connection, a spark is enough to keep their love affair going. All the other characters are caricatures of real people and the events are sensational, but not convincing. Not really my kind of book but entertaining enou ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-author
I love Marion Keyes - she always manages to blend drama, humour and real people so brilliantly - chick lit at it's best!
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!
Toyni Erica
3.5 stars. I love Marian Keyes! This book is funny, and such an easy read.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
‘The Woman Who Stole My Life’ was the 2014 contemporary novel from bestselling Irish author, Marian Keyes.

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 – spl
Dani Jade
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A fairly standard format Marian Keyes novel - fun, funny and witty whilst also being a little bit emotional and moving.
Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on Between My Lines

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 of The 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
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a woman in her late thirties who does not recognize that she's in a joyless marriage as she is so concerned with supporting a self-centred husband and two ungrateful teenagers. Her life takes a drastic turn after a rare & debilitating disease leaves her in ICU with no way of communicating to anyone. The story jumps back and forth in a two year span, taking us through Stella's journey from the hospital to NYC and back to Ireland.
Reading this new Marian Keyes book reminded
The publishing of a new Marian Keyes novel used to make me cancel all plans and prepare to sit down, meet new characters who I felt were like friends, laugh, cry and not put the book down until I'd finished.

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 see
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