Written by Catriona Innes
For Caitlin Carter, love means business.
She’s taken matchmaking back to basics. There is no swiping left. No creepy location tracker. Definitely no unsolicited pics of areas of the anatomy no one wants to see. She’s made dating great again: personal, patient… and profitable. Her startup is going from strength to strength, with clients wanting to find the love she has with her own husband Harry, and she even has celebrities wanting to use her services…
Caitlin is living the perfect life.
Except it’s all a perfect lie. And Caitlin doesn’t know how long she can keep it up.
In an era of social media and dating apps, when we have never been more connected yet more isolated, The Matchmaker is a story about love, loss and loneliness, and learning to accept your reality.
Just Not For Me
Unfortunately, I just didn’t get the gist of this one. The blurb appealed, but the book seemed to be very different.
Caitlin has her own matchmaking business. She has had successes, but none so great as her own marriage to Harry. She doesn’t invest in modern methods, believing in the old fashioned way and trusting her gut instincts. The business is going from strength to strength, and is even attracting celebrities. How much better could life be?
I’m not sure what I expected from this novel but, in all honesty, I found it hard going. I’m sure there are others who will find the wit and cleverness referred to in the blurb, but it’s not one for me. Right from the beginning, there was something missing in the story and it was fairly obvious things weren’t as they seemed – it just took an awful long time to get there. I struggled through it but was relieved to reach the end. I’m fairly certain it just wasn’t for me – we can’t all like every book, after all – and that other readers will ‘get it’. Sadly, it’s two stars from me.
My thanks to publisher Trapeze for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 320 pages
- Publisher: Trapeze
- Publication Date: 28 November 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- W. H. Smith
Hello, I’m Features Director at Cosmopolitan where, in the name of investigative journalism, I have joined an undercover police force, worked as a Playboy Bunny croupier and – for one night only – performed a stand-up set with just two hours practice. It was all terrifying! But hopefully will all make it into a book one day (so will be worth it!)