Thank you very much to Isobel @ Blackthorn Book Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.
Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.
Harrison is a man on a mission, from college he knew what he wanted. A high powered job, wife, family and the good things in life. But unfortunately this high powered job whilst has given him the good things in life has also taken it over. No time for his family, he lives a life of excess, too much work, gluttony and lust for women, drugs and alcohol. When he gets sacked from his job, then discovers due to his lifestyle he only has a short time left to live, his severance package from his company includes the mysterious Desire Card.
What would you do if you had a card that could grant your every desire?Would you use it? Would you not? Would you think this is just a joke?Would you wonder what the catch is? Would you wonder about consequences?
These are the questions I was asking myself as I read this book. For starters I would like to think I’d never get myself into Harrison’s situation at all, but if that opportunity of a card that granted your desires appeared would I use it?
Despite not warming to Harrison, I did feel for him, sacked from his job, living with a disassociated family because of his lack of involvement in their lives due to his previous long hours at work, finding he only has a short time to live due to illness, he wants to live. But after a life of excess and entitlement he feels the way to do this is the way he’s gone about most things, throw money at it. When this doesn’t work, he finds himself in Mumbai on the search of his second chance.
I kept reading waiting for Harrison to have his epiphany and to stop leading such a hedonistic lifestyle of excess. Not to give too much away but things do change for Harrison where he has to make some very hard decisions. But will he make the right choices?
I found I was hooked from the first page and struggled to put this down as with each page turn I had to find out what happened next. This was my first book by Lee Matthew Goldberg but definitely will not be the last. Cannot wait for PREY NO MORE!
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar.
The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.
After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.
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