Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In this genre-bending novel, there is no such thing as chance and every action is carefully executed by highly trained agents. You’ll never look at coincidences the same way again.
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?
Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…
When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.
Part thriller, part mystery, part love story—Kirkus calls Yoav Blum’s novel “a smart, unpredictable, and heartfelt adventure story.”
About: The Coincidence Makers is a fantasy written by Yoav Blum. It will be published on 3/6/2018 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are fantasy and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books. Our strength is derived from a dedication to solid publishing of many books, while consistently producing the occasional blockbuster. The vast majority of our hardcovers are published in paperback through our internal paperback lines.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Coincidence Makers on 2/4/18 and finished it on 2/15/18. This book is an excellent read! I love this whole idea of coincidences. I love the coincidence at the start of the book! I love the coincidence in action with Emily’s matchmaking on herself and Guy’s mission to use that sentence about kicking you in the head. I like following the characters as the coincidence is happening to them. I am hooked on the story of Alberto Brown! I love the Imaginary Friend and Guy’s relationship with Cassandra.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Guy, a coincidence maker. Guy’s mission is to create an environment that will help two strangers meet. The story started out with Guy sitting inside a café observing everyone in the room. His mission is to create a way for the waitress to go out on a date with the guy at another table. One event lead to another and another, eventually they both ended up meeting each other at the beach for a date, as predicted. There is a course to take to become a coincidence maker. Guy attended this course with Eric and Emily. When they were in school, they often meet up to study together. They are considered secret agents and they are the “creators of possibilities, givers of hints, winkers of tempting winks, and discoverers of options.” Once a mission is complete, another envelope is left at Guy’s door. Guy doesn’t know who placed the envelope there and no matter how diligent he tried to time the delivery, he never caught it. Readers will also follow Emily, Roberto, Michael, an Accountant and whoever the coincidence involves.
This book is very well written. The coincidences in action are definitely the best reads. The coursework and lessons in becoming a coincidence maker is good background building, though it slow down my reading pace greatly. I think I will become more observant after reading this book because of how Guy makes his decisions based on all the signs he sees. I like Emily at the train station with that crossword puzzle. Hilarious! This book read unlike any other. It’s original and addicting! All of the characters are well-liked. I love the twists at the end, one I was not expecting and I love every moment of it. Each story within the pages of this book is fascinating to read and I highly recommend everyone to read it!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, couldn’t put down, mystery, love story, humor
Con: coursework, rules & lessons are slow to read
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Yoav Blum is an international bestselling author and software developer. His first three books became instant Israeli bestsellers. The Coincidence Makers, his debut, will be translated into more than ten languages. He currently lives in Israel with his wife and daughter. When he is not writing (literature or code) he contemplates what he’ll do when he grows up. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from St. Martin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher, St. Martins. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.