The Marble Collector – Cecelia Ahern.

Back of the book :

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

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her fathers 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.


What I think : 

Sabrina Boggs is living a normal, boring life. She has a husband, three children and a job as a life guard in a up-market care home for elderly people. Oh ! and a lot of the time she forgets to breathe !

Her Dad Fergus, has had a stroke and is currently in hospital. he’s lost a large part of his memory and can’t remember much about his past only his present. One day after Sabrina is sent home from work early, a nurse that is caring for her father at the hospital telephones her to tell her that some boxes have been delivered at the hospital containing her fathers belongings. After Sabrina opens them she discovers that they contain amongst other things, marbles, lots and lots of marbles. Marbles of all different kinds, in sets with a inventory detailing all the marbles in the box. It’s then that she discovers that some of the marble sets are missing, in fact they are the most expensive ones. Sabrina didn’t know that her father collected marbles, this is part of her fathers life that she knew nothing about. She has one day to discover where the marbles have gone to and who her father really was …..

The book is written in two sections, present day with Sabrina and the past with Fergus. Sabrina’s parts are entitled ‘Pool Rules’ and  ‘Playing with marbles’ are Fergus’ chapters. In Fergus’ parts we find out about Fergus’ childhood, teenage years and early married years, in Sabrina’s it’s the here and now and her quest to ‘find’ her father. However, somehow along the way I think she also finds out a few things about herself.

This is a fabulously written book, I always really look forward to a Cecelia Ahern novel and I’m never disappointed. The characters are wonderfully written and you really feel like you are there and in the thick of things. Cecelia’s books are always warm and witty with lots of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Another un-put-downable book.

I give this wonderful book 9/10.

Published by Harper Collins on 05/11/15.

I purchased my copy from Tesco £6:00.

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