[Pdf Read] (The Woman who Stole my Life)
Spoiler alertWhat a disaster Not uite as bad as THE SCHLOCKY MAGICAL REALISM OF THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN schlocky magical realism of The Brightest Star in Sky but close This may be an acceptable book for a anyone who hasn t read Marian Keyes before But for those of us who have I think we expect her work to be first and foremost funny Fail The attempts at humour were trying too hard I think I maybe giggled to myself once or twiceNow the characters usually her characters are jumping off the page and are so likeable and identifiable Stella is completely unengaging with no spine I couldn t even picture her in my head In the end she was just a failure at everything and not in a charming way I couldn t even see why Mannix was so mad about her The other characters even see why Mannix was so mad about her The other characters mostly one dimensional or boringThe zigzag timeline structure is just confusing instead of thrilling The HIM HER ME headings Don t even know what that s about Everything interesting happens in the first half We all know exactly what s going to happen No suspense left with a couple hundred pages to read Then we get an in depth look at publishing and book tours which to me was just Keyes showing off how much experience she has in the area and venting her first world problems frustrations Might as well be GOOPHow can ou call a book The Woman Who Stole My Life when that woman actually factors in so little Everything that happened to Stella was going to happen anyway with or without GildaWhy do all the Americans talk like Irish people No one in America says shall Come on that s just amateurAnd really the BFF ends up with the ex husband and no one cares I almost threw the book across the room If I hadn t read anything else by Marian Keyes I would probably have given this book five stars However it wasn t UITE up to her usual standard I love this Irish author and appreciate so much the many happy hours of reading she has given me And I totally understand if she is a little off her game right now having battled severe depression for some time How can Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you write funny under those circumstances But Marian nevertheless does a valiant job with this book it wasn t laugh out loud but it was amusing and clever as usual When Marian Keyes first broke into the literary scene I was in the middle of my so grown up I get to read all the horror phase I was reading Graham Masterton novels based on Lovecraftian tales and other books about the things that go bump in the night the gorier the better By the time I emerged from this phase and started reading widely Marian Keyes was well established and when I started working in bookshops she had her own section on the shelf But somehow though people kept telling me I should give her a try I never got around to it until now I don t like chic lit where everything is happy and the conflict is the same from book to book I want a read to keep me guessing to keep me interested to surprise meSomehow I had gotten it into my head that Keyes books were the light and fluffy clich d sort rather than the complex interesting fun sort that I found in The Woman Who Stole My LifeStella Sweeney has returned from New York and is attempting to write her second book but life keeps getting in the way Not that she s been struck by any great inspiration not that she s able to think of the words let alone get them down on the pageThe rest of this review can be found here I received an ARC of this book via Netgalleycom and PenguinUK in return for an honest reviewStella has turned forty her husband is forever working and her two teenage kids are like ships passing the night Her daughter has a boyfriend now and thinks she s in love while her son is interested inoga and cooking than being a regular teenage boy Then an unexpected illness means Stella s life is about to change in ways than oneThe story zigzags through different stages of a two Lippenbekenntnisse year period in Stella s life From hospital in Dublin to hotels around The United States working in a beauty salon alongside her sister to having her own self help book tour Stella is re discovering herself but there is someone watching who wants her new life and will stop at nothing to have itI have been a huge fan of Marian Keyes since her first novel Watermelon and have read everything she has written since From the Walsh Family sagas to her under the duvet stories Marion has a knack of bringing a sense of Irish comedy into all her books without them seeming contrived This book had me giggling away from page one with the views on Karma a Bitter Women s Bookclub and an ex husband who is clearly going off the rails Her father was what got me laughing the most The vision of him reading to Stella aloud when she is in hospital and his reaction to some of the books was just hilariousUnfortunately things slid downhill from here The narrative is weak and the chopping and changing time frames were confusing and eventually became irritating While some sections. La historia de una mujer a uien le cambia inesperadamente la vida Por fin llega la maravillosa nueva novela ue las fans de la autora están esperandoStella Sweeney lleva una vida muy normal en Dublín con su marido sus dos hijos Un día en medio de un atasco en la carretera intenta hacer una buena obra para mejorar su karma Pero lo Were sub headed with HIM HER this confused me as other sections had no such headings and didn t even seem to gel together in any particular order or relevance Stella s son Jeffrey seemed to have potential at the start of the book but became a cliche once his parents separated Moody is one thing rude and obnoxious are another Demanding diva like behaviour brought his character to a whole other level and it was not a good one Her daughter Betsy was given a rare appearance and had no substance Ryan the husband had some bite in him at the beginning but like his son became so annoying a character that had he been real I would have left the country to avoid for ever bringing my children with me under false travel documents so he could never contact us again A smarmy selfish idiot who any sane woman would avoid at all costs This bring me to Mannix The new man who starts off as a knight in shining armor and re appears suddenly single available and hankering after Stella Not at all put off by her atrocious children and ex he obviously sees something in Stella that I never spotted and from here on in the book sunk Far too long over 550 pages poor story line and awful characters except for Stella s Dad and Mannix s ex meant that I had to force myself to care enough to finish Considering its great beginning I was sorely disappointed However it is Marian Keyes and I am sure it will head straight to the number one spot when published in November just in time for the Christmas market Sorry Penguin this Irish reader wants the old Marian Back I miss reading chick lits They were such a big part of my reading life several Chasing McCree Chasing McCree years ago very theoung adult genre invaded m life The Woman Who Stole My Life just made me realize how much I missed chick lits This book is a whooping 550 pages but I breezed through them all I have never read a book by Marian Keyes but I do own three of her books Sushi for Beginners Under the Duvet and Rachel s Holiday I am definitely bumping them higher on my TBR The Woman Who Stole My Life was SO confusing in the beginning Stick with it It is told from two different timelines actually the first chapter is told from an earlier timeline I didn t know which came before what and whether at that specific chapter the events of the previous chapter already happened I was officially confused However once I got past the confusion and the author finally started clearing things up 70 pages into the book I breezed through it It took This book was in every way as enjoyable as the most by Marian Keyes Jumping a bit in time it tells the story of Stella Sweeney Irish mum and beautician who gets afflicted with the Guillain Barr syndrome already here ou could TELL THAT I WOULD BE PARTIAL TO THE STORY that I would be partial to the story I wrote an academic work on it when I went to nursing school very much inspired by the great No Laughing Matter and by my extensive studies I I don t review books but as a long time Keyes fan I feel compelled
ToIt Pains Me Say It But I Have A pains me to say it but I have a of beefs with this book These are the top three1 The Protagonist Stella She just didn t make sense to me 80% of the time she s a complete doormat She gets bullied by her kids her husband her sister pretty much all of the main cast and she just takes it Happily Gratefully I thought she might grow some back bone after she was sick but no The other characters and Stella herself say she is prideful but the only character she shows her prideful side to is the love interest who was only ever nice to her so it came out seeming like the author was just trying to create conflict for the sake of it They do also address that she s insecure but it s just not enough to make me buy it2 The Side Characters In short they were just too ridiculous to be real To be honest I can narrow my problem down to just her son and ex husband because the rest aren t super awful just not as good as I know the author is capable of writing But Jesus those two After awhile they seem like sociopaths And I get that the son was prolly meant to be taken as funny but he wasn t In fact there are a lot of beats in this book that are meant to go over the top and be funny but came off as too much and took me out of the story It s like Keyes doesn t know when to pull back any3 The Structure specifically the time jumps at the beginning The hospital was easily the best part of the book Flashing between that and the present well It s not fun to go from the strongest to the weakest part of the narrative I felt annoyed every time the good bits were interruptedOverall it just seemed shallow It actually hurts me to say bad things about Marian Keyes I mean I had to go way out of the way to even find this book since it won t be released in the USA for awhile still I love her and think she s very funny and very talented and I wish her nothing but the best and I actually hope this book does well see how muc. E consigue es provocar un accidente ue dejará su coche hecho añicos ue de paso le cambiará la vidaA partir de entonces los acontecimientos más inesperados Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan y extraordinarios se suceden llevarán a Stella muy muy lejos de su antigua existencia hasta convertir a esa mujer tan corriente en una superestrella Y todo de la mano de un. H I care Lol Keyes doesn t always deliver and I know a lot of her long time fans have been disappointed lately and I have and I know a lot of her long time fans have been disappointed lately and I have agree with them And there s one or two of her older books that I don t love either but I do want to say that when she DOES come through she s completely amazing She s on a whole nother level than the other writers in her genreSo I m going to shake it off and wait for the next one Irish author Marian Keyes has published a string of bestselling chick lit novels since the mid 1990 s including the popular Walsh Family series The Woman Who Stole My Life is a stand alone title featuring Stella Sweeney a Dublin wife mother and beautician whose ordinary life is turned completely upside down when she falls ill with a rare illness The timeline is a little messy to begin with starting with a fender bender that happened a few weeks before Stella got sick and then jumping to the present day almost two Wachten op Apollo years later and then back in time heralded by a uote from the book Stella wrote after her recovery to the day her illness was diagnosed It becomes slightly less confusing as the novel progresses with one narrative thread moving forward from the time of her diagnosis and the other through the present day until they eventually merge The tension in the novel is supposed to stem from learning what happened to irrevocably change Stella s life not once but thrice Unfortunately the mystery is stretched a little too thin to sustain the length of the story and though I was riveted during the first half or so of the novel my interest began to wane during Stella s time in New York There is a lot of emphasis on karma and fate but oddly not a lot of examples of this playing out in the storyline Gilda certainly doesn t get whatou would think she deserves neither does Stella s ex husband or her sonI should have been able to relate to Stella easily we are of a similar age and stage of life and I did in some respects but I soon found I didn t like her much once she recovered from her illness She was so insecure particularly in her relationship with Mannix and lacked any real gumption in general I also found most of the other supporting characters were shallow constructions though Stella s dad Karen Stella s sister and Roland Mannix s brother were favouritesThere is some of Keyes humour in The Woman Who Stole My Life particularly in the first half but overall I feel it lacked the trademark wit and warmth I expect from Keyes There is an edge of bitterness here that is never explicit but nevertheless presentI didn t dislike The Woman Who Stole My Life but neither did I wholly enjoy it as much as I expected It was better than The Brightest Star in the Sky but not as good as say The Mystery of Mercy Close It s been a while since I read this book and I m just finally getting around to writing a review What I can tell ou is that it s on my 2015 Favorites list at Chick Lit Central The interesting factor is that a good chunk of the story is narrated in Stella s head since she can t talk
And Has To Communicatehas to communicate blinks What happens next is full of interesting surprises and Stella is in for a wild rideThe characters are so vivid and there s great dialogue and description throughout Marian adds a dash of humor and a bit of snark to both Stella s thoughts and words There are so many twists and turns so I was constantly surprised All I know is that I smiled and laughed A LOTThis is definitely my favorite non Walsh sister book of Marian s going to the top of the list above Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married I highly recommend it whether it is our first Marian Keyes book what are Callisthnie - La musculation globale you waiting for or oneou ve been eagerly awaiting but haven t managed to pick up And the Ass Saw the Angel yetIf I could marry a book this would be it Charming heartfelt and humorous Marian Keyes at her absolute bestDream castRoland Eric Stonestreet Mannix Gerard Butler Stella Kate Winslet Karen Melissa George Gilda Ksenia Solo Ryan Colin Farrell Betsy Tessa Albertson I used to love a Marian Keyes They were light and funny and a vacation for my mind This as none of those things I didn t find it funny and it was just one stupid thing after another Initially I liked Stella Sweeney She was suffering from a life threatening disease andou really had to root for it Funny No After she recovers she makes some really odd decisions A lot of things that are preposterous happen including how she writes a book She has an ex husband that s an idiot a daughter who lives in the clouds and a son who hates her She makes her life so much harder for herself Funny et In the end I grew to find her so annoying and the supporting characters made of cardboard I was so disappointed I had expected some cheer and got a lesson on sex with lessons I had never even thought of That was a real eye opener I had no idea the Irish were that randy just kidding I feel like Keyes like Janet Evan. Médico muy atractivo¿Ha sido el azar el destino o el karma Por primera vez en la vida de Stella la verdadera felicidad está a su alcance Pero ¿está preparada para atraparlaReseña«Cuando se trata de escribir libros ue no se puedan dejar de leer ue te dibujen una sonrisa en la cara o ue te hagan pensar Keyes es única»Daily Expre. .