The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
Publication Date: January 2014
My Rating: ✹✹✹
“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?”
“Sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you get what you need and sometimes you get what you get.”
I love a good chit-lit, however, this book, for me lacked any real substance. The story was dragged out for too long and was very confusing. Which is why I rate it 3 stars. The story was fairly interesting and some parts had me chuckling, but other than that it was dull.
The story zigzags throughout various stages of Stella’s life. Ranging from her lengthy hospital stay in Dublin, to hotels in different states in the USA, working in a beauty salon with her sister, to having her own self-help book tour. At first I found the chopping and changing time frames confusing and, eventually, they became irritating. Some of the book was split into sections, with the sub-headings: HIM and HER. This led to further confusion for me, as other sections had no such headings and didn’t even seem to gel together in any particular order or relevance.
Stella, as a character, was brilliant in my opinion. She made me laugh and I could relate to her personality a lot. I also liked Karen, Mannix and Stella’s father. Some of the characters, however, weren’t as compelling or even relevant. Ryan, for example, I found a little too odd. To the point where he was hard to imagine as a real person or someone to sympathise with. He also became increasingly arrogant as the novel went on.
Would I recommend this book? Probably not.
About The Author:
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. She was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin; she spent her twenties in London, but is now living in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony. She includes among her hobbies, reading, movies, shoes, handbags and feminism. Marian has published thirteen novels, all bestsellers around the world, a total of thirty milllion of her books having been sold to date and are published in thirty three languages.