How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK
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 particularly unhappy. Or happy…
No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen… One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger. She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella’s life for ever. For better or worse.
I used to devour books like these, but since blogging, my taste in books has widened. Still, it always pleases me to come back to an author whose books I know I’ll enjoy. Like Marian Keyes. Marian Keyes is a popular author in woman’s fiction. Her books always have an element of humour in even if it is a heavier subject. The Woman Who Stole My Life isn’t as fluffy as you might think.
I have to admit, The Woman Who Stole My Life can be a little confusing to start with, but it’s well worth sticking with. It’s one of those books that does jump in time, so you have to pay attention. I quite often find these books frustrating and have given up with books that do this in the past. However, I was gripped from the start as soon as the main character, Stella, was diagnosed with a rare disease. The disease left Stella paralysed. She was only able to blink. The story moves from when Stella is in hospital, to her most recent state after something happens to her. We don’t know exactly what happened. All the reader knows is that Stella has published a book, that flopped, and now she’s back in Ireland.
Stella isn’t always the easiest character to like, but I think she grew on me. I felt sorry for her with everything that was happening in her life. I did like how resilient she was. Always a quality to admire in my eyes!
I enjoyed reading The Woman Who Stole My Life. It isn’t one of my favourite Marian Keyes books, but it’s still ad decent read which doesn’t take too long to get into.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars