Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe | The Marble Collector | A Review

Having read most of Cecelia Ahern’s books, I can happily say that I am a massive fan of her work!

The Marble Collector is her recent book which I’ve read, with Lyrebird due to be released this month. This book was released in November of last year and I purchased this book on Kindle in the Spring months.

The blurb from Amazon UK:

A forgotten childhood. A discovered life.

What if you only had one day to find out who you really were?

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

My favourite thing about the book, which other readers may find confusing, is the continued jumping between different characters and their stories. These two characters are Sabrina and her Father, Fergus – who, quite literally, has lost his marbles.

This story follows various occasions throughout both of their lives, leading the the final chapter where both stories meet. Readers follow Fergus’ past and Sabrina’s current lives, as they find themselves in sticky situations (especially her father) and what becomes of them.

This book is sad, sweet and beautifully written, although perhaps it could have been made longer, all ‘loose-ends’ are tied up at the end of the book and Sabrina, the main character, comes out of the story a changed woman. It shows a side of Father/Daughter relationships which is not quite touched on, but felt by many.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book, and if not, which of Cecelia’s books have you read? Keep an eye out for various other reviews on my blog.



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