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September 21, 2015



A forgotten childhood. A discovered life. Sometimes the smallest secret can become the biggest lie.

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. As Sabrina pieces together the story of her father’s collection, she learns how little we know of the people closest to us. We all have secrets. We all want to be loved. But when you hide a part of yourself away, how can anyone know who you really are. ?

The story is about a young woman named Sabrina who happens upon a collection of marbles in her father’s possessions. The collection has been carefully catalogued and she discovers that two of the most expensive items are missing. What begins as a mission to find the missing marbles becomes something greater, Sabrina discovers that her father is not who she thinks he is, that she grew up with a man who had secrets.


Cecelia Ahern is one my favourite authors. This wonderful story about the marble Collector took me back to my childhood playing games with my friends with my collection of marbles. It is amazing that The Marble Collector is Cecelia Ahern’s twelfth novel. There is so much to look forward with Cecelia Ahern’s new bright unusual novel.
This engaging story is about a daughter Sabrina who find a valuable collection of marbles of her father’s. Sabrina finds that all of marbles have been catalogued with their description and value. It appears that some expensive marbles are missing which leads Sabrina to find out who took the most expensive marbles.
What I liked about The Marble Collector is that we had an insight into Fergus life growing up playing marbles with his brothers and friends in Dublin from the age of five. There are so many secrets, so many things Sabrina didn’t know. What else can Sabrina not know about her father Fergus?
The story is told from two perspectives from the father’s Fergus perspective and from Sabrina. I loved reading about Sabrina and her father’s Fergus life. I fell in love with Sabrina and Fergus world.
Cecelia Ahern got the idea for this story with the simple phrase Losing your marbles. As Cecelia is always busy with work and family her mind is regularly muddled and she always says I’m losing my marbles.
The Marble Collector is a novel about identity and about the importance of memories and about how we don’t always know the very people we share a home and life with.  I can not wait until Cecelia Ahern’s next novel is published.



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  1. This sounds so good! I might just have to add it to my TBR list on Goodreads 🙂

    • I love Cecelia Ahern novels. But if you have played marbles, you have a flair for reading this great new novel.

  2. Oooo this book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review:)

  3. Ahh I love Cecilia Ahern and will definitely be adding this to my Goodreads TBR list! Great review 🙂

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