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The Matchbreaker - Chris Manby's Best Book Yet?!?
on 7 February 2006
I’ve been a fan of Chris Manby’s books since reading her first novel ‘Flatmates’, and although I found her last book ‘Seven Sunny Days’ quite disappointing, I was really looking forward to reading ‘The Matchbreaker’, and it didn’t let me down.
The book tells the story of Lindsay, an only child brought up by an indulgent single father. She is totally spoiled and selfish, unhappy with her father’s choice of girlfriend, and having managed to successfully drive his three previous fiancées away she has little trouble getting rid of fiancée number four Karen – albeit in quite surprising and unexpected circumstances.
The rest of the story is concerned with how Lindsay, after losing everything, tries to redeem herself, mainly in her efforts to reunite her father and Karen. She undergoes a transformation of sorts, but not without some heartache along the way, and although not as completely believable as it perhaps should be, by the end of the story Lindsay is a much better person for her experiences.
I tend to read books quite quickly, and although this book is not short at 400+ pages, I still finished it inside of two days because the storyline is quite engrossing and very different from Chris Manby’s other books. I was surprised by the ending, some of the revelations were fairly obvious, but not all of them…although there is a slight air of convenience in the way that loose ends are tied up. Overall, I found the story quite heartwarming; Lindsay’s character is quite difficult to like at the beginning and she does things that are not morally sound at all, but through the course of the book she does seem to learn and grow up.
If you’ve read any of Chris Manby’s books before, or even if you haven’t, I recommend you read this one – it really is her best effort yet!