Friday 30 April 2021

BLOG TOUR: The Matchmaker - Hélene Fermont

Perfect Lives Don’t Come Cheap.

Marcia Bailey has it all: a passionate marriage to a rich and handsome man who is utterly devoted to her; fame and success as London’s premier matchmaker; a beautiful home in a posh neighbourhood, and fabulous holidays in exotic places.

But her perfect life turns into a nightmare overnight when a mysterious caller suddenly threatens to reveal secrets from her past she thought she had left behind forever. Who is he and what does he really want? He says he wants three million pounds to keep quiet, and she’s willing to pay. After all, she has already sacrificed so much, and perfect lives don’t come cheap.

But Marcia has a hunch her caller wants more than money from her. He wants to hurt and humiliate her. But why?

As police investigate a brutal murder in a wealthy London neighborhood, they untangle a web of lies, violence, sex and jealousy surrounding Marcia Bailey and the group of wealthy and powerful men who have secrets of their own to keep.

The Matchmaker is filled with unexpected twists and turns — and characters that will haunt you long after you’ve read the last page.

What did I think?

I love Hélene Fermont's writing so I was very keen to read her new book, The Matchmaker which I think is the first book of hers I've read without a Swedish link.  I think because I've read some of her other books, I really missed the Scandinavian feel that usually sets Hélene Fermont out from the crowd, however, this is still a good London-based thriller.

There isn't a single likable character in The Matchmaker for a very good reason as it makes all of them prime suspects in blackmail and murder.  The story twists and turns and the secrets of Marcia's past are revealed and as much as it's a tangled web, the characters are all quite closely linked; it seems like they all have a past in Brighton and any one of them could blow Marcia's world apart.

The story is told from several different viewpoints and this sometimes caused quite a bit of repetition when characters referred to other characters.  It did get a bit annoying and I found myself rolling my eyes every time I saw 'favourite mistress' mentioned.  It feels a little bit like an episode recap when you're watching a series but unfortunately there are no skip recap buttons in books.  It's not a big issue by any means, just a minor niggle and one that became less noticeable as the story took hold.

Well plotted and very addictive, I couldn't read fast enough to reveal all of the secrets in The Matchmaker.  It's a quick and satisfying read filled with surprises.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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