When Carol calls a number she finds in a matchbook, the man promises to answer the mystery of her daughter's death. But he's playing a dangerous game - one she must survive if she's to unravel the truth.
Armed with a fierce wit and determination not even her own shortcomings can derail, Carol faces impossible odds to solve a murder that unraveled her life - her daughter's murder. It's hard enough solving a murder, but throw in homelessness and an obsessed maniac, and it's almost impossible. Almost.
Set on the streets of San Antonio, Matchbook is filled with colorful characters, deep-seated hope, and more than one laugh-out-loud scene. It's a compelling and suspenseful listen that will keep you riveted until the very end.
©2015 Desiree Prosapio (P)2016 Desiree Prosapio
Don't miss this one. .
Perfect blend of suspense and wit. Just when you think the author is going to turn left, you are taken in another direction.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Although a very flawed character, Carol comes across as real...and surprisingly personable. I loved her humor and wit. The perspective of Carol, being a homeless person, is so captivating that I was rooting for her to solve her daughter's murder just for the hope that she would then be able to get off the streets. I didn't know if she was truly crazy and imagining the matchbook man or if he was real. I didn't know if her transvestite friend was real or the social worker she meets along the way...but I wanted her to solve the mystery and be able to move on.
Carol is an alcoholic, single mother who got herself clean long enough to raise the daughter she had after a short, doomed marriage to an Army Ranger. Her daughter, Ella, was her lifeline to the 'real' world. When Ella is murdered, she loses her tenuous grip on reality and loses herself in her alcoholism and takes to the streets to forget.
Then one day someone drops a matchbook with a phone number into her begging take. The matchbook has a phone number on it. This sets in motion a series of events that will make Carol choose between searching for answers and, maybe, life or falling into oblivion and dying on the streets.
I have to say I was entertained along the way. Carol is a person who accepts her circumstances and, even without knowing it, helps almost everyone she meets. I was rooting for her from the very first minute of listening!
Loved Becket Royce's narration! She nailed the men and the women and I will look for her as a narrator in other listens.
I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Since I don't usually listen to this type of story, I rate this as high as any of the true crime stories I do listen to.
The characters personalities. Becket Royce is awesome.
Yes and I listened to it in less then 2 days (and I worked 8 hours).
I REALLY liked this book. It grabbed me from the start and I was hooked the entire time. It was the perfect balance of being entertaining, thought provoking, suspenseful and poignant all wrapped into one great story.
I received the Audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review and it was a pleasure to listen to this story. The book is narrated by Becket Royce and she does a fabulous job. Her voice totally fits the personality of Carol and since the book is in first person (Carol’s voice) the audio is a true enhancement to the story.
All in all I totally recommend this book. If you are considering reading it, do! You won’t be disappointed!
I was given to this book for a honest review. Carol suffers from a horrible tragedy and cannot get past it. Her life leads her to living in the streets as a homeless woman. A series of events lead her to find the person who knew what happened to her daughter. Strange events lead her to start thinking maybe she is just crazy and events are not happening like she thinks. Great book, I didn't know what would happen all the way to the end.
This was a good read you never know how your life will end up. I did not have to struggle to finish it I enjoyed every chapter plus the narrator was nice to listen to. Keep up the good writing.
This book had my interest from the beginning. I want to listen more!! This could happen to anyone. One day you can have it all and he next it can all be lost.
I REALLY liked this book. While it is a fiction mystery, it gives a different perspective on homelessness, substance abuse, and addiction. I felt like the characters really came alive, and the narrator's voice matched perfectly with how I pictured the main character and her sarcastic wit. I had a hard time tearing myself away from this one and always wanted to know what would happen next. I listened to the Audible audiobook, and I really enjoyed this narrator (Becket Royce). She was really good at both female and male voices, which is something I always look for in a good narrator. I really enjoyed the story and would definitely look for more books by this author. If you want a good, realistic mystery, I highly recommend this book.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
I really enjoyed this book - the main character, Carol, was very well developed and interesting. I enjoyed her casual sarcasm and thought that the author did a great job of making her likeable even though she is a very flawed character. The story flowed well and I didn't feel like it was rushed or sluggish at any point.
The story is about Carol's search for the cause of her daughter's death. Carol is a homeless alcoholic which is an unusual situation for a "sleuth" but worked well for her. Through an interesting turn of events, Carol begins to unravel the thread of what really happened to her daughter.
It was unique to see things play out through the perspective of Carol's character - I don't think the book would have been nearly as good from a different perspective. The confusion she experiences is apparent in the way the story progresses at times and allows the reader to better understand the situation through her.
The narrator for the audio version had the perfect voice for this character. I felt that it was believable and I could envision Carol based on the vocals.
Overall, Matchbook was worth the listen.
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