Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes


Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year - touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side - she's back to normality with a bang. And she's got writer's block.

Stella wants a clean break as she didn't exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?


I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as it is my first Marian Keyes novel that I have read, however, I was pleasantly surprised, and it for sure will not be my last!

Our main character is Stella, she is at the beginning living with her son in Ireland. The story goes back and forth in time, and we soon come to know how she is in the situation that she is in now. We soon realize that she was married with two children, and something happens during that marriage to cause it to fail, which she feels responsible for. Through the whole book we get to know more and more about Stella, and you really find yourself rooting for her, wanting things to work out in her favour. 

I loved all the characters in this book, even the unlikeable ones because they were real, I can imagine running in to any of them on the street and them being completely normal as no one is perfect. The pacing was great, nothing thrown at you in big gulps, you just take the whole story in one part at a time.

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