The Woman Who Stole My Life
British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022
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Discover the entertaining, uplifting and intriguing tale of finding true happiness in unexpected places from the No. 1 bestselling author of Grown Ups
'A total triumph' DAILY MAIL
Ever wished you could trade your life in for a better one?
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a simple good deed.
When the result is a terrible car accident, she meets a handsome stranger with a Range Rover who wants her number - no, for insurance purposes - and in this meeting a seed is born which will change Stella's life forever.
What happens next 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 . . .
Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma?
Should she be grateful or just hopping mad?
And can Stella grab a chance at real, honest-to-goodness happiness now it finally seems within her reach?
'Keyes can deftly mix dark and light, tragic and comic in a way that only a handful of writers can' Irish Times
'One of our finest writers' Jojo Moyes
Praise for Marian Keyes:
'Comic, convincing and true' Guardian
'Mercilessly funny' The Times
'Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' Graham Norton
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A madcap comedy with dramatic undertones, The Women Who Stole My Life demonstrates the flair of bestselling author Marian Keyes (Watermelon) for concocting surprising, endearing stories with women at their center. After enjoying the limelight as the author of a successful memoir, Stella is back home in Dublin: broke, a little overweight, and devoid of inspiration for her next book. There’s a lot going on here—including flashbacks to the illness that left Stella unable to do anything but blink, scenes of Stella dealing with her headstrong teenagers, romance, and mystery—but Keyes’ colourful characters kept us connected even when the plot twists made our heads spin.
Keyes (The Mystery of Mercy Close) infuses her trademark levity into her latest novel, an honest examination of how dynamics change when one is struck with a life-threatening disease. Irish beautician Stella Sweeney is leading an unremarkable life with her husband and children when she is stricken by Guillain-Barr Syndrome. Immediately, the disease renders her locked into her body able to think, see, and hear, but only able to communicate via blinking. After her marriage breaks up, the only bright spots in her days are visits from her neurologist, Mannix Taylor, with whom she forms a reluctant alliance. After she recovers, Stella discovers that Mannix has compiled all of the messages she blinked into book form, and she is thrust into the spotlight as a self-help author while also trying to adjust to an unexpected yet much appreciated romance. Keyes meanders a bit with the story, which toggles between the present day and Stella's illness in the past, introducing plot points that might resonate better and be better understood once readers have gotten to know the flawed yet engaging main character and the solid lineup of supporting characters. Still, Keyes manages to bring a lightness and humor to a weighty topic.