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The Matchbreaker - Chris Manby
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The Matchbreaker - Chris Manby
Date: 26/11/08, updated on 26/11/08 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Great story, interesting characters
Disadvantages: too much of story is given away by the blurb
I had only read one of Chris Manby's novels, which was 'Ready or Not' a book which I loved, so I was keen to read more. I was given a copy of the Matchbreaker, and couldn't wait to start reading...
Lindsay Parker has been brought up by her father Alex, following her mothers death when she was a young girl. She has just left university and is living back at home, but is yet to find a job - mainly because she hasn't bothered to look for one, preferring to live off daddy's money. Lindsay does love her father though, and the two are very close, but Lindsay really doesn't really approve of her dad's taste in women.
Alex has just got engaged to his personal trainer, Karen, and Lindsay is not at all happy. Karen is a bit younger than Alex, and slightly chavvy, with a bit of a penchant for Juicy Couture tracksuits with slogans across the bum and fake designer handbags. Lindsay is quite spoilt and snooty, and doesn't think Karen is anywhere near good enough to be dating her father, let alone marrying him, so sets about trying to break the pair up.
Lindsay has never been very nice to Karen, no matter how hard Karen has tried to be nice to her, but Lindsay pretends to her father that she is making an effort, and offers to organise Karen's hen weekend - a trip to Ibiza with her and her best friend Gemma on Gemma's parents yacht. At first Karen is a little reluctant, as she is suspicious of Lindsay's kindness, not to mention that she has never met Gemma before, but in the end agrees to go.
It seems though, that Karen was right to be suspicious, as Lindsay tries all ways to break them up. Lindsay's initial plans go wrong, and she is getting frustrated and angry. After a drunken argument on the Yacht, Lindsay pushes Karen overboard, claiming it was an accident. Although murder was not really her plan, Lindsay is still a little annoyed when Karen turns up the next day safe and well.
Karen promptly leaves Alex, but when he finds out what Lindsay has done, he throws her out onto the streets and she has her first taste of living in the real world. Will this spoilt brat be able to cope on her own? And what she do when she realises that being with Karen is the only way her father will be happy?
~What I thought~
Most chick-lit novels, you identify with and sympathise with the main character -or heroine - and root for her throughout the novel, but this book was quite different. At first I thought that Lindsay was probably right about Karen, being a gold-digger, but the more we learnt about Karen, the more I thought she seemed like she had a heart of gold, and I realised that Lindsay was just being selfish and over-reacting.
I think though, ultimately it's quite interesting to get into the head of such a spoiled brat and at times you almost feel pleased at her downfall - when she realises she has no money and no daddy to fall back on.
One complaint I have, is that I feel the blurb on the back of the book gave away too much about the plot. In fact, some of the things mentioned on the back of the book don't happen until about 200 pages in, and the book is only around 300 pages long. In my description above I tried not to give too much away though, and I hope I haven't spoiled it for anyone.
Even with a spiteful and at times downright awful main character, I found that I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I read it in the space of two days, which, as anyone who knows me can tell you, is extremely quick, as it can sometimes take me over a month to get through a novel!
Although, like I said, I knew what was coming from the back of the book - that and the fact that the story is quite predictable near to the end - I found that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to Lindsay and if she would ever get her comeuppance.
This can be bought from Amazon for £5.49
I really enjoyed this book, and if you like chick-lit or just Chris Manby in general, I would recommend it.
Summary: The Matchbreaker