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The Matchstick Boy

by Rowena Kinread

November 20th - 24th, 2023

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Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Publisher: Goldcrest Books
Pages: 329
Genre: Historical Crime / Thriller

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Top reviews from United Kingdom

KeenReader 5 out 5 stars
An enthralling and emotionally charged novel

  1. Oktober 2023

"The Matchstick Boy" by Rowena Kinread is an enthralling and emotionally charged novel that plunges readers into a small, tightly-knit community plagued by secrets and past wrongs. The story unfurls with the tragic death of Jakob's young brother, Josef, in a rock avalanche. Jakob's unwavering belief that this was not an accident but a murder sets the stage for a gripping tale of justice and retribution.
Kinread skillfully constructs a narrative that keeps the reader guessing, drawing us into a world where privilege and power threaten justice and truth. The suspicions surrounding Ramun, the son of the matchstick factory owner, add layers of complexity to the story. Jakob's conviction that Ramun is responsible creates a palpable tension, particularly when the community refuses to acknowledge the possibility of foul play. This injustice resonates deeply, as it is a theme that echoes through the decades.
The story takes a harrowing turn when Jakob's deaf daughter falls victim to a heinous crime at the hands of Ramun, and the subsequent pregnancy further intensifies the family's quest for justice. The author explores the profound emotional trauma and resilience of the characters, shining a spotlight on the strength of Jakob and his daughter.
Throughout the novel, Kinread delves into the psychology of a close-knit community burdened by dark secrets. The unravelling of these long-held truths is both intriguing and unsettling, making the reader question the morality of those who remain silent in the face of injustice.
The book's title, "The Matchstick Boy," hints at the fragile nature of the human spirit, as well as the striking contrast between the flickering hope of justice and the darkness of secrets. The narrative delves into the multifaceted nature of truth, illustrating that reality is often obscured by personal perspectives, hidden agendas, and the weight of history.
As Jakob meticulously uncovers these hidden truths, the story takes unexpected twists, challenging assumptions and ultimately leading to a poignant revelation. The author's ability to keep readers engaged and emotionally invested in the characters and their quest for justice is a testament to her storytelling prowess.
"The Matchstick Boy" is a compelling exploration of justice, family bonds, and the human capacity for both cruelty and redemption. Rowena Kinread's writing is poignant and evocative, and her ability to create complex, relatable characters ensures that the story lingers in the reader's mind long after the final page is turned. This novel is a gripping tale of tragedy, resilience, and the enduring quest for truth in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.



Anthea Appleyard
| Verifizierter Kauf

  1. 5 out of 5 stars Justice prevails

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2023
Fortune favours the brave and that is certainly the case in this murder mystery. The title is taken from the matchstick industry located at the foot of the Swiss Alps in the last half of the 19th Century. The search for justice intensifies during court proceedings leading up to the final verdict. Read this incredible book to find out what that is!


Top review from the United States

Mudrakarta srinivas kaushik
| Verifizierter Kauf

  1. 5 out of 5 stars Great book

Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2023
Rowena Kinread's "The Matchstick Boy" is an absolute literary gem that takes you on an unforgettable journey filled with mystery, justice, and a father's unyielding love. Set against the backdrop of a close-knit community, this novel effortlessly draws you into its world and refuses to let go.The story commences with a heart-wrenching tragedy that propels Jakob, the protagonist, on a relentless quest for answers. His suspicion of murder adds layers of intrigue to the plot, and you'll find yourself utterly captivated by the multifaceted characters and the secrets they hold. It's a testament to Kinread's storytelling prowess that I was unable to put this book down.


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