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.
The Desire Card is a taut fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
What did I like about this book? Could it have been the way I enjoyed disliking the lead character Harrison Stockton? Could it have been the story, which asks us and Harrison how far would someone be willing to go to save their own lives?
Well I loved it for all of this, superb characterisation, married with a taunt and suspenseful story, that comes together to deliver a first class thriller.
For me the story itself is a class act, because it confronts the reader with quandary, what would we do in the situation that Harrison finds himself in? If given the chance to save our own lives by spending a lot of money, would we? It made me as a reader feel more involved in the story, more invested in the outcome. I wanted to know what Harrison was capable of and it gripped me so much I could not wait to get back to the book when real life interfered. The story not only entertained me, always having to read just a few more pages, even when sleep beckoned, it was forcing me to put myself in Harrisons shoes and wonder what I would do! The story is full of twists and turns, the tension leaving me always having to read a few more pages just so I could find out, if he was a better man than the initial story had me believing.
Then we have Harrison, whom frankly I found quite unlikeable on times, but it was refreshing to find a ‘hero’ of the story, that I enjoyed hating, pitied, felt sorry for and just occasionally liked. One moment I longed to see him come good, while on the flip side wanted to see punished for his entitled arrogance. He is complex and flawed and this makes him the perfect thriller character. For me his flaws made him so enjoyable to spend time with. I might have wanted to slap him, but he was never boring. I stayed addicted to the story in part because he is such a perfect depiction of a flawed and damaged man. Because though he is self-absorbed and indulgent, underneath you hope to find a man capable of seeing past his own needs.
If you are looking for a quality thriller, with a storyline, which will challenge you, with a hero that is equally challenging, in a good way, then give this book a read!
About the author
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels SLOW DOWN, THE MENTOR, and THE DESIRE CARD. 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 from Fahrenheit Press in 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script 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 (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and Twitter.
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