‘Name: Stella Sweeney.
Recent life events: dramatic.’
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life.
For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That’s okay. She doesn’t really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).
But in this meeting is born the seed of something which 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.
Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad?
For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?
The Woman Who Stole My Life is about Stella Sweeney, a failed author who moves back from New York to her home in Ireland where she attempts to renew her life.
As I’ve mentioned before, Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors however I was a little disappointed in her last book (The Mystery of Mercy Close). I have to admit that even though I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t as great as her other works either.
Stella is an enjoyable character and easy to like. She does seem like a bit of an idiot however she wasn’t overly frustrating. Most of the other characters were easy to like too however also all quite eccentric.
The story swapped intermittently from present to past however it was done well so you weren’t confused and your curiosity was constantly piqued.
I did find that the book was quite long and although I wouldn’t say that it dragged, it did feel unnecessary long for the actual content and the fact that there was only one main character and therefore one point of view.
There was sexual content in the book and again, like The Mystery of Mercy Close, if it had been another author I probably would have put it down however it wasn’t too over the top and it was written tongue in cheek so as not to be taken too seriously.
Overall it was an enjoyable and light read however it didn’t impact me like her other books have. If this is the first book you’ve read by Marian Keyes, I’d definitely recommend giving her older books a try if this didn’t impress you.