Matchbook by Desiree Prosapio — A Review

matchbook coverMatchbook by Desiree Prosapio

RaeleighReads rating: 4 out of 5 coffee cups

“Yet, if the truth was supposed to set you free, this one was definitely lingering over the paperwork.”

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

OMG the feels! Get out your fuzzy blankets, tissues, beverage of choice, and prepare to hunker down for awhile with this one. *crying emoji*

Prosapio has taken a story that is relatable and tragic all on its own — a mother losing her daughter, but she adds another dimension to the tragedy by introducing us to this mother, Carol, as a homeless woman living on the streets. Prosapio does an excellent job of making me invested in this main character from the get-go. I want to know her back story, and I want to know where she’s headed.

What unfolds is a story about alcoholism, death, homelessness, mystery, mental illness, humanity, empathy, family, and hope. The whole time I was wondering what was real and what wasn’t. Was Carol just an alcohol-soaked schizophrenic or was there really a larger foe being set against her as she struggled to make sense of what happened to her daughter? Bravo, Prosapio. Your character development was on point for Carol. I would have liked to see the same attention to detail with another major character, Maurice. He was so integral to Carol’s story, but perhaps I understand why he was left slightly underdeveloped. He was still an amazing character — so full of life and pep in the worst of circumstances.

I won’t say anymore. This book really surprised me. It made me emotional constantly, and I am eager to read more by Desiree Prosapio. Go out and get a copy!

Other opinions you may be interested in:

This book had me hooked from the beginning. I want to read more!!“– Laura Torres on Goodreads

Though the plot was mostly engaging, the pace was uneven and plodding at times – not a true thriller and more in line with the suspense/mystery genre.“– D.A. BaleΒ  on Goodreads

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