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The Woman Who Stole My Life by [Keyes, Marian]
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Ever wish you could trade your life in for a better one?

The Woman Who Stole My Life is a story full of wit and charm, from the international bestselling author Marian Keyes

'Name: Stella Sweeney.
Height: average.
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 the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).

But this chance meeting sparks a chain of events which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart.

Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?


'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express

'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times

'Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page' Company

'Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud' Stylist

'One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best' The Daily Express

'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping

'Funny but poignant' Marie Claire

'A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes' Heat

'Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint' Closer

'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' The Sunday Mirror


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1554 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525429255
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (6 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KD3KXIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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 the 'present day' almost two years later and then back in time - heralded by a quote from the book Stella wrote after her recovery - to the day her illness was diagnosed. It becomes slightly less confusing as the novel progresses, with one narrative thread moving forward from the time of her diagnosis and the other through the present day, until they eventually merge.

The tension in the novel is supposed to stem from learning what happened to irrevocably change Stella's life not once, but thrice. Unfortunately the 'mystery' is stretched a little too thin to sustain the length of the story and though I was riveted during the first half or so of the novel my interest began to wane during Stella's time in New York. There is a lot of emphasis on 'karma', and fate, but oddly not a lot of examples of this playing out in the storyline. Gilda certainly doesn't get what you would think she deserves, neither does Stella's ex-husband, or her son.

I should have been able to relate to Stella easily, we are of a similar age and stage of life, and I did in some respects, but I soon found I didn't like her much once she recovered from her illness. She was so insecure, particularly in her relationship with Mannix, and lacked any real gumption in general.
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‘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 – spliced between protagonist Stella Sweeney’s current life predicament, trying (unsuccessfully) to write a follow-up to her bestselling book, having moved home from New York with her tail between her legs after a humiliating event she’d rather not discuss … then we’re privy to small extracts from her book, titled ‘One Blink at a Time’ and the real-life catastrophe that prompted its being written. Because not so long ago Stella – once happily married with two older children – woke up one day dead tired, with tingling in her extremities. Next thing she knew, she’s being rushed to hospital as her body slowly starts shutting down … because Stella has a one-in-a-million disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nerve inflammation that sees her entire body shutting down and effectively keeping her entombed and unable to move.

Stella recounts her time in ICU, only able to blink her eyes (left/right for yes/no) as her form of communication. Her family barely keep it together; her son Jeffrey becomes increasingly angry for her being sick, her daughter Betsy becomes Biblical and her husband Ryan just seems hopeless.
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Really disappointed. I was waiting for a twist or turn that would show greater insight into the characters, and when that didn't come waited for the ending to blow me away. To be honest I only finished this book a week ago and I'm struggling to recall the ins and the outs of the story. Sadly, all in all, this was not one of Marian Keyes best.
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I loved the way the story unfolded, hoping backwards and forwards between the present and past. I could feel it escalating and got to a point where I couldn't put it down, I had to know how she'd arrived at this point. Also an interesting insight into differnt cultures and social norms.
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Marian has the ability to write a fast paced and real life story, with some serious concepts and do so with such humour - that she can change mind sets. I absolutely love everything Marion,writes and this is no exception.

I do not know one woman who has read Marian Keyes and not just devoured every book she writes, and not only women - but men.

Thanks Marian for,yet another superb novel, that was the perfect accompaniment to the perfect holiday.
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I have read most of Marian Keyes books and was very keen to start reading this one. Even though it was a good read it just seemed to be lacking something that her other books had. It was not as funny as some of her older stuff and reading this after I had finished The Mystery of Mercy Close in my opinion Mercy Close was a far better read.
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the book started of by being not as funny as Marian Keyes usual style but it wasn't a funny situation anyway but by the middle it changed as I just loved it, Marian Keyes must be a lovely person to invent such lovely characters, funny, sad and happy. Wish she would write more often as I wait for the next one.
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