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The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

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One of our Books of the Year 2014.

November 2014 Book of the Month.

A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is hit with Guillain-Barre, the illness which attacks the linings of the nerves and she ends up in intensive care on life support with only her eyelids able to move. She communicates by blinking, a bit like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She too writes a book, or her neurologist does. How all this works out is fascinating. Quite a different work for Ms Keyes, very sensitive and thought-provoking.

If you like Marian Keyes you might also like to read books by Nathan Filer, Jojo Moyes and Cathy Kelly.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Emily Wright - 'This novel, about an extra-ordinary life, is both down to earth and escapist. Full of humour and wry observations, this upbeat story is about taking what life throws at you and juggling the elements to embrace unexpected opportunities.' Read full review>
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you enjoy a story about new beginnings, witty laugh out loud moments and characters you will care about, then definitely pick this up you will not regret it.' Read full review>
  • Rachel Hall - 'A real page turner, genuine charm, covering both a life threatening condition and the world of publishing in the US, with all the hallmarks of classic Marian Keyes humour.'Read full review>
  • Suzanne Marsh -  'This story is about losing the life you had and finding a better one.' Read full review>
  • Sarah Jones - 'Marian Keyes is back and this is her best yet...I can't praise this enough. Fans of Marian will love it, anyone looking for an interesting, thought provoking, funny read will love it too. Yay, Marian is back!' Read full review>
  • Glenda Worth - 'A car accident, paralysis and a handsome consultant meets ex-husband, kids and parents - an explosive mix and a real page turner.' Read full review>
  • Alison Burns - 'This is the story of Stella, who gets sick, gets lucky, loses it all, and then finds what she really wants in life. That's giving nothing of the story away!' Read full review>
  • Farah Alam - 'Overall, this book was ok but, not as good as I would have liked it to be.' Read full review>
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'Stella proved if you surmount your problems, life can and will get better.If you want to know what happened and what she did about it - you will have to READ THE BOOK!' Read full review>
  • Clare Turner - 'given Keyes’ engaging style and her ability to maintain the reader’s interest, it is still a page turner and will appeal to a wide readership. But sadly not one of her best.' Read full review>
  • Genevieve McAllister – 'To say it’s a page-turner is an understatement.  This is 531 pages of reading heaven.' Read full review>
  • Joan Sidwell - 'as always there is a rattling good story, a page turner but also one to savour and think about afterwards.' Read full review>
  • Helen Lowry - 'Characters, story, disasters, life changing illness, a car accident and lots more. All helping to change Stella's life forever. Losing one life and finding one a whole lot better - eventually!' Read full review>
  • Janet Monks - 'Another wonderfully funny and touching book from writer Marian Keyes, featuring karma, love and life itself...At the end I really didn't want to leave Stella behind, so I turned the book over and started again.' Read full review>
  • Suzanne - 'A tale of fate, family and love - exactly the type of story you'd expect from Marian Keyes and she doesn't disappoint!' Read full review>
  • Rosemary Williams - 'I was sadly disappointed in this book and found it a struggle to keep myself reading it, there were some amusing places but not a good storyline for me.' Read full review>
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'How the extraordinary can happen to the ordinary and spin the world around...I really enjoyed this heart-warming, hug of a book.' Read full review>
  • Joy Bosworth - 'Typical Marian Keyes, warm but not at all sticky or sweet...I really enjoyed this, it has some thumping great shocks in it but even more laughs and seems to manage both at the same time.' Read full review>
  • Christine Phillips – 'This book was intriguing, sad and happy, and gives you food for thought...Well worth a read.' Read full review>
  • Denise Gold - 'astute, observant, witty and laugh out loud at times.' Read full review>
  • Nicola Lowes – 'Another satisfying read from Marian Keyes. She’s very good at easy-going comfort stories with a frequent smattering of humour and this book does not disappoint.' Read full review>
  • Nicola Briggs - 'this book is up there with the best...All in all, a very good read and highly recommended.' Read full review>
  • Kim Haines - 'Cleverly written, great characters and a taboo subject well handled, she’s always a pleasure to read.' Read full review>
  • Bev Farningham - 'To be honest this is not one that really worked for me - I think because I was unable to connect with Stella.' Read full review>
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Though slightly confusing at first this rather large tome was not exactly the holiday reading I expected when I took it  away with me.' Read full review> 
  • Ailsa Hindhaugh - 'The Woman Who Stole My Life did start with promise, but then unfortunately it took a nose drive.' Read full review>
  • Victoria Emerson - 'Disappointing.' Read full review> 
  • Catherine Price - 'Marian Keyes style is warm and self-deprecating and the various plots and characters within the multiple timeframes are skilfully handled.' Read full review>
  • Alison Greenacre - 'Usually a reliable author in this genre, but this book is disappointing.' Read full review>
  • Sarah Mustafa - 'This book showed initial promise but soon after starting it I was left feeling really disappointed.  This was mainly because the plot and sub plots seemed confused and rushed.' Read full review>
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'I am a massive fan of Marian Keyes and she doesn't disappoint with this book. Great story and once again Marian manages to mix serious storylines, drama and humour together brilliantly.' Read full review>


The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

'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 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. Suddenly Stella has a life. A thrilling glamorous one. A life that other people might start to covet...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

About the Author

Marian Keyes

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 most recently The Mystery of Mercy Close.

She is published in twenty-nine different languages. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, as well as her fabulous cookbook Saved By Cake, are also published by Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

Marian’s stunning new novel about losing the life you had and finding a better one, The Woman Who Stole My Life, is out now in paperback.

Author photo © Barry McCall

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6th November 2014


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