The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian KeyesThe Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

byMarian Keyes

Paperback | November 6, 2014

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International bestselling author Marian Keyes is back with another masterfully told story full of wit and charm. '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 in this meeting is born the seed of something 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? Marian's stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. '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
Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are al...
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Title:The Woman Who Stole My LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.53 inPublished:November 6, 2014Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0718179706

ISBN - 13:9780718179700

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Was still a good book but probably my least favourite of all Marian Keyes novels
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best I enjoyed this Marian Keyes novel, but it is my least favourite so far. The premise is interesting, however I had trouble empathizing with the main character. It's a rather long read, but there were enough good laughs to keep me interested.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good This is not one of Keyes best works. It was boring and hard to get into.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Boring One Bit... This was a fabulous read!!! No one seems to talk about Mannix... Oh my, he is so dreamy... Would you find a guy like that in real life? Probably not! :( But I totally felt so happy for Stella when she met Mannix! Read for more details, you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring, boring, boring I absolutely loved Marian Keyes until this book came along. It is absolutely long and boring and it took me forever to read as I could not connect with the main character (as I could in her previous novels). Not impressed.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice, Easy Read I went into this book having very little idea what the story was about - even the 'synopsis' on the back of the book was vague, but I had heard good things, and read great reviews so I decided to give it a try. This is the first I've read of Marian Keyes, and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I found that it jumped around a lot, and the story line developed so vastly that by the end I felt like I had read 3 separate novels, but it was great for just kicking back, and reading a good, light-hearted book, without having to think too deeply. If that's the thing you're looking for then I'd definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted! Marian doesn't miss! I love her books because they are witty, and charming, and not too heavy; a perfect read when on vacation. What I didn't expect was to finish this 400+ page book in two days, was almost sad that it ended. I don't want to give anything away, but this is perfect little read if you like any of the other books by Marian.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life I've been a massive fan of Marian for years now. I first stumbled on her when I was visiting family in England years ago. I was searching around my Aunt's house for something to read and came across Anybody Out There?. I didn't get any sleep that night. Than when I got home I proceeded to buy and devour the rest of her books published at that time. Marian really has a way of drawing me into her book within the first page. And that was no different this time around with The Women Who Stole My Life. Of course I was extremely excited for the release of this one. And I really didn't know what to expect as the synopsis is a little vague. Even more exciting was going into this blind and just finding out what Marian had in store for me as I flipped the pages. After having read The Women Who Stole My Life I can understand why the synopsis is not that detailed. It's a hard book to describe without giving away spoilers. I'm going to leave it that way by just saying a few things. This book is about Stella. There's kind of like four different time lines happening(not all at once but they do go back a forth). There's the present, when Stella is back home in Ireland after everything feel apart(at this point we don't know what feel apart, besides her life). The before before is the lead up to her time in the hospital and than her time in the hospital. Than once we've covered that before we go to the most recent before where Stella was in New York and what happened there. Which than leads us back to the present. Confused? It seems confusing written like that, but in actuality it really worked. I was never once scratching my head wondering where I was in Stella's life or what everything was pertaining to. I loved reading all the different timelines, but I was definitely flipping those pages as fast as I could possibly read them because I wanted to know what happened to make Stella's life go to shit. The Women Who Stole My Life takes place over years of Stella's life. So it definitely showcases a lot of major changes in Stella's life. She literally goes from very low to being on top of the world. Let's talk about "past" Stella. She's married and a mother of two and co-owns a beauty salon with her sister. Than one day she is feeling sick and as the day progresses she starts to lose all her motor functions, etc... Once rushed to the hospital she is put on a ventilator is stuck in her body. Stella's aware of everything that is going on around here. She can hear and see but cannot move besides blinking. Eventually it is discovered she has a very rare disease and nobody knows how long she will sick. Her family visits everyday, her husband Ryan and two kids, Jeffrey and Betsy, etc... It's clear that Ryan is blaming her for being sick and Stella feels awful about not even being able to communicate with him. But she does have some light in her day(well not to start with), Mannix her neurologists visits daily and it soon becomes apparent that a connection is being made. He's the one that figures out how to communicate with her by Stella blinking out words. Stella's time in the hospital is where life changes really start to happen. And that's all I'm going to say. The one thing I admired about Stella is that even though she was a prisoner in her body for nearly a year she never broke. It would be so easy to go mad just being stuck in your own head but still seeing everything that's going on around you. She's obviously beyond distraught but she just wanted to get better for her family. Stella was a major push-over though. Everybody walked all over her. Ryan was an absolute selfish prick. And even when they decided to split up her blamed her for being sick, and she just accepted that. Because Ryan was an artist it seemed to make his selfishness understood. *sigh* Her sister, Karen was a whole different kind of exasperating. She just talked to Stella like she was incapable of doing anything properly. Every decision Stella made was put down by Karen. And holy crap, her son Jeffrey was the worst. It was like he was the parent and she was the child. Except Jeffrey was 19, lived at home and didn't work. Just spent all his time going to yoga. Those three just really walked all over Stella and she did nothing expect to think that they had a right to. Now Stella does have a certain someone come into her life, and although it doesn't change how passive she is, this person doesn't take advantage of her. They just want to be in Stella's life, and although she finds it hard to believe that, it was really good for Stella to have someone stable and supportive in her life. I enjoyed their time together, even when Stella was being an idiot over it. Now, I know I just ripped apart a lot of the characters and even Stella herself, but that is the thing that Marian pulls off so well. These aren't characters, they are people. They are full flawed and real. You meet and know these type of people in real life. They aren't characters, they are people. I didn't hate every single person in this book, there were good people that Stella had in her life. The Women Who Stole My Life just showcased how much life can change at a drop of a hat and how important it is to be strong and have support in your life. And Marian does this through her fantastic writing. Like I mentioned before, Marian can draw me into her book on that first page. I think she knows how to grab her reader right away. But she also has a very witty sense of humor. At times it can get a little dark, but it is totally my kind of humor. I laugh a lot when reading a Marian Keyes book. But I also have all the other feels. As you can tell I got angry, but I also had teary moments. I just love how easy it is to connect with her writing and characters. Although I found the ending quite predictable that didn't take away from my enjoyment of The Women Who Stole My Life. I think it was a unique story and will not be a disappointment to any Marian Keyes fan out there. And will surely start any new reader to than pick up all her previous books. I can't wait to see what Marian us in store for us next.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I'm a regular fan of Marian Keyes but have been disappointed in all of the Walsh Family books. I love that she is going back to these one off novels where she ties a few different characters together. It's a fast read and very entertaining. Great vacation book if your vacation entails lounging at the beach. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and witty I have not read any books by this author before so I didn't know quite what to expect. When I heard this one was about Guillain–Barré syndrome I was intrigued. It would be so horrible to not be able to move a muscle and only able to communicate by blinking! How would a person endure it for months? However, this was only a small part of the story, although it has big consequences for Stella and is the pivotal event that changes her life. For such a serious subject this book is surprisingly funny and very charming. There are lots of quirky, likable characters and a few despicable ones too. This was a fun and witty story that was way lighter and fluffier than I was expecting but still enjoyable.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it 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 confusing in the beginning. Stick with it. It is told from two different timelines (actually the first chapter is told from an earlier timeline). I didn't know which came before what and whether at that specific chapter, the events of the previous chapter already happened. I was officially confused. However, once I got past the confusion and the author finally started clearing things up (70 pages into the book), I breezed through it. It took me a couple of days to reach page 70, but only 3 more days to read the other 480 pages. The main character, Stella, got diagnosed with a very rare disease that left her paralyzed (except for being able to blink) for almost a year. The storyline switches between the emergence of the disease, when she is 39-ish to the current state after something big happens that we don't know what, where she is 41-ish. We know Stella wrote a book, but then it flopped and now she's back in Ireland. There is an unspoken Mr. that no one ever mentions but we do meet during her stay at the hospital. That is as much as I can reveal without spoiling anything. Character wise, stella was the most frustrating and unliked character for me. She is the embodiment of every trait in a person I dislike. She is a push over.. literally everyone, including her son, pushes her and orders her around. Her son yells at her, her ex husband blames her for things, and all she does is agree and nod. GET MAD! GET PISSED! STICK UP FOR YOURSELF! I thought of this every single time she had an interaction with anyone. She got easily taken advantage of and I wanted to give her a wake up slap every time she backed down and let people stomp all over her. She got a book deal? her husband blamed her for stealing his life and ruining him. He kept on saying her book was crap and worth nothing, and what does she say? sorry… SORRY?! ugh. Just.. no. It was really hard sympathizing with her because I don't feel sorry for people who let other people step all over them. Ok the rant is over. Ignoring Stella's personality, I couldn't stop reading. Marian Keyes has a way of keeping you hooked even when only mundane things are going on in the book. I honestly always prefer British/Irish authors when it comes to chick lits because they seem to always have a way with words, of creating the most laughable situations and making the most annoying characters enduring. I really enjoyed The Woman Who Stole My Life and will be picking up more of Marian Keyes' books in the future.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little long, but worth it I liked this book. Stella is a great character. I enjoyed reading the first and middle part of the book, but found that the last 100 pages or so kind of dragged. The book could have been shorter. When the book starts, Stella is full of life and then she gets sick. She recovers and goes on with her life, but not the same life that she had before she was ill. This book is full of humour, but there is a tenderness and poignancy about it also.
Date published: 2014-11-29