Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The Matchstick Boy by Rowena Kinread #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads

The Matchstick Boy

by Rowena Kinread

When his young brother, Josef, is killed by a rock avalanche, Jakob believes it is murder. He had seen someone on the mountain ridge, above the scree, before it began to roll. But who would want to kill a child, and why? Jakob suspects Ramun, the privileged son of the owner of a matchstick factory, but nobody takes him seriously and he is powerless to obtain justice.

Thirty years later, Jakob’s profoundly deaf daughter is raped by Ramun and becomes with child. Determined to gain justice for his daughter, Jakob unearths a myriad of well-kept secrets in the tight-lipped community, but is anyone willing to tell the truth?

Just as he thinks he has uncovered all the facts, he realises he has made a vital mistake all along. Nothing is really as it seems.


"Rowena Kinread's writing is poignant and evocative, and her ability to create complex, relatable characters ensures that the story lingers in the reader's mind long after the final page is turned. This novel is a gripping tale of tragedy, resilience, and the enduring quest for truth in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."
~ FSTLI, Amazon

"The research that must have gone into this book is quite incredible. The many complex characters and interactions between them from this era draws the reader into their lives. Jakob’s love for his daughter and determination to find justice for her makes for a powerful read!"
~ Hazel Marsden, Amazon

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