A Matter of Chance by Julie Maloney

A Matter of Chance

When eight-year-old Vinni Stewart disappears from a Jersey shore town, Maddy, her distraught single mother, begins a desperate search for her daughter. Maddy’s five-year journey leads her to a bakery in Brooklyn, where she stumbles upon something terrifying. Ultimately, her artist neighbor Evelyn reconnects Maddy to her passion for painting and guides her to a life transformed through art.Detective John D’Orfini sees more than a kidnapping in...


Details A Matter of Chance

TitleA Matter of Chance
ISBN9781631523694
Author
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherShe Writes Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Mystery, Adult Fiction, Contemporary
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Reviews A Matter of Chance

  • Julie Christine
    1970-01-01
    How is it possible to go on after your child is stolen and all trails lead to a cold, impossible nowhere? How do you rise each morning and continue breathing? How does the sun continue to rise over your grief and despair? In her assured and enthralling debut, Julie Maloney takes the reader deep into a parent's nightmare come true: a child snatched away and a mother's suffering quest to find her daughter before she loses herself. Maddy Stewart, a ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    1970-01-01
    Had the kidnapping of Vinni actually been planned? Were Rudy and Hilda watching and planning each time Maddy and Vinni were at the beach?Maddy couldn't stop blaming herself for Vinni's disappearance. Why didn't she have her cell phone with her instead of having to run back to the house to call the ambulance for Rudy. Was his accident really an accident or had Hilda planned that on her own too?We follow the police investigation as well as Maddy's ...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    I loved everything about "A Matter of Chance" by Julie Maloney.  What would you do if your eight year daughter old disappeared within a few minutes of being in your sight? As a parent, how would you feel? Julie Maloney has an amazing style of writing that has  the reader captivated and glued to every descriptive word. The genres for this book are fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological thriller, and suspense. The timeline for this story is se...
  • Nazanin
    1970-01-01
    2 StarsDNF @ 40%It was like I’m reading a diary, about a mother who was devastated after her eight-year-old daughter was stolen. Of course, it wasn’t a diary, I just felt like that. The story is written in five parts and each part expresses one year after Vinni's disappearance. When I got to the third year I couldn’t read further anymore. It was full of sorrows of a mother who doesn’t want to lose her faith. Even the writing couldn’t en...
  • Vivian Payton
    1970-01-01
    In this very intriguing debut novel by Julie Maloney, A Matter of Chance deals with the heartbreak of a mother losing a child to kidnapping and the torturous and difficult five years she searches for her eight-year old daughter, Vinni. Maddy Stewart feels in her heart that her daughter is alive somewhere and vows never to give up searching for her. Maddy suffers endlessly and her life is turned upside down, but her elderly neighbor, Evelyn, a mot...
  • Laura Rash
    1970-01-01
    Every once in awhile I come across a very unique book. One with a complicated plot, complex characters, written in a pattern that draws you in until you’re so absorbed you don’t notice time passing. THIS is one of those books! Beyond brilliant! Thanks to the author for this copy:)
  • Jacqueline Sheehan
    1970-01-01
    I love a book that makes me put aside everything else in my life. Well, not eating, or a good glass of wine; those things just go with a great book. But I was willing to follow this character where ever her fine madness took her. And I was continually surprised where her hunt for her daughter took her. I want a character who never gives up. I want the unexpected and this debut novel offers both.
  • Cheryl Olivera
    1970-01-01
    Julie Maloney's A Matter of Chance is superb, breath taking, and a thrill a minute.This suspense novel starts out with a kidnapping, but soon heads down a dark road. It was unbelievable, I was unable to stop reading until chapter 29, where I had to put the book down to breath, and absorb what I had read.The characters are developed really well, all likeable. You fall in love with each character individually.Maloney's settings and descriptions of ...
  • Anna Quinn
    1970-01-01
    The story of a mother who never gives up searching for her kidnapped child. Your worst nightmare put into words, explored to the bone. This layered, nuanced novel is so beautifully crafted and complex, that even when I wanted to race to the ending—to find out if Maddy finds her daughter, I became so captivated with the supporting characters, the weaving in of international art and mafia threads, I didn’t want to miss a word. Incredibly captiv...
  • Margaret Crawford
    1970-01-01
    Wonderful book. Loved the characters and the story. Very well written. Definitely a page-turner. Kept my attention throughout the entire book. Congrats Julie Maloney on a marvelous job!!!!
  • Joyce
    1970-01-01
    Joyce Norman Never have I read a novel like this! Not even close. From the very first you are pulled into this riveting story and can't stop turning pages until its heart-pounding conclusion. I've known Julie a long time and knew she was a gifted writer. However, this novel is outstanding in every way. Her ability to tell a story while keeping the readers focused is extraordinary. This is a reading experience you won't want to miss. Julie Maloney...
  • Donna Schmitt
    1970-01-01
    I found this novel to be expertly crafted - wonderful character development with the perfect amount of suspense.What was especially interesting to me was how the author managed to interweave a child kidnapping, a fascinating glimpse into the world of international art & painters and the gritty dark side of the Russian mafia into a terrifying and believable tale. The pain and grief that Maddy, the child's mother, endured through this ordeal was pa...
  • Joanne Edelmann
    1970-01-01
    A Matter of Chance: A Novel by Julie Maloney will challenge your life long beliefs and long held moral values. The world of this novel is one of uneasy choices that beg the question - is there always a clear right and wrong. Is there a simple answer to loss? How does one ease their own pain without causing unimaginable pain to others? Can you justify and stand by your choice if the innocent one is not harmed, but in fact is nurtured and loved? Wh...
  • Jennifer Haupt
    1970-01-01
    A mother's worst nightmare, the abduction of her 8-year-old daughter, is masterfully brought to life in Julie Maloney's debut novel. I was all-in from the first sentence: "The day Vinni and I lost each other, we woke early to have breakfast on the beach." I had to keep reading, and was not disappointed! The tension is masterfully drawn out with details and gorgeous writing throughout the novel. This is a great book club pick!
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    Wonderful story. Well-written and spell-binding through to the end. Julie's dedication to details in describing her characters and locations put you right there with Maddie. Can't-put-it-down read.
  • Janelle
    1970-01-01
    Thank you so much to the author and She Writes Press for providing my free copy of A MATTER OF CHANCE by Julie Maloney - all opinions are my own.Maddy Stewart is a single mother who lives in Manhattan with her eight-year-old daughter, Vinni. While on vacation in a Jersey shore town, she leaves Vinni with friends for a brief moment when she goes missing, disappearing without a trace. Maddy spends years desperately trying to find her daughter. She ...
  • Maryann McFadden
    1970-01-01
    It's hard to believe this is a first novel, as Julie Maloney's writing is simply beautiful and the plot so well crafted. When Maddy Stewart's daughter goes missing one beautiful June morning, the reader may think that this will simply be a story of trying to find the child. But it is so much more! It is the journey of a woman in pain who begins to put the pieces of her self back together through art. At the same time, Maddy begins her own investi...
  • Maryann McFadden
    1970-01-01
    I had the pleasure of reading this as a manuscript prior to publication. It was a page turner and so beautifully written. I predict this will be a bestseller!
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    It took me a few days to write this one. A Matter of Chance is one of those rare books that leave you a little hungover with the need to process what just happened. When Vinni is taken, Maddy refuses to give up hope. She knows her daughter is alive, but is getting nowhere in finding her. Detective D’Ofini hates that a child was lost on his watch. Together, with her ignoring his warnings, for the next 5 years they uncover a tangle of connections...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    A Matter of Chance tells the story of a mothers worst nightmare come true. Maddy Stewart's eight year old daughter Vinni is kidnapped from a beach in New Jersey. When her best friend Kay and her ex-husband Steve give Vinni up for dead, Maddy knows in her heart that her daughter is alive. The story takes us through the five heartbreaking and soul searching years of Maddy's search for her daughter. Maddy's friend and neighbor Evelyn help her find a...
  • Jenna Kooi
    1970-01-01
    Julie Maloney's debut novel will keep you turning the page as this spellbinding mystery unfolds. A Matter of Chance will tug at the heart of every mother reading it because whose worst nightmare isn't having their child kidnapped. This author shows a grasp for description and emotions, even ones that are raw at times. While reading this novel, you'll also learn about the world of art and the complexities of love and friendship. I started reading ...
  • Marisa
    1970-01-01
    Definitely 4 stars. Gut wrenching, emotional and twisted. You will flip for this debut novel and love the trip it sends you on to the brink and back Loved the twists. Also loved the emotional stories. A great first read of the year!!!
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    1970-01-01
    I was sent an advance copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This book is well written and draws you in immediately. Maddy and her eight year old daughter Vinni are spending the summer at the Jersey Shore. When they see their elderly neighbours in distress Maddy runs to call 911. Rudy has collapsed and Maddy leaves Vinni with his wife Hilda as she goes to make the call. When she returns Vinni and Hilda are gone and Rudy is deceased...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Mysteries involving disappearances are always a big hook for me. I started this book on Easter weekend and REALLY wished we celebrated Easter Monday as they do in Europe, because I wanted to blow off work to finish it! As it was I read like a machine, because I was so intrigued by what had happened to Vinni. As a mother, I can only imagine the horror and heartbreak, single mom Maddie must have felt when in a matter of minutes, Vinni turns up miss...
  • Susan Peterson
    1970-01-01
    A Matter of Chance is one of the most passionate, emotionally-charged books I’ve read! When Maddy Stewart’s daughter Vinny goes missing, we can feel deep in our souls how devastated she is. As the years go by and there is no trace of Vinny, we feel Maddy’s heartache and her desperate determination to find her as if it were our own child who was missing. This book is so beautifully written, with subtle nuances that give us a window into how ...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    Maddy and her daughter Vinni were enjoying a lovely day on the beach when their lives suddenly change. An old man collapses and Maddy runs off to call for help, only to return to find her daughter missing. Who takes a child? This question is asked numerous times throughout the book as Maddy tries to figure out that answer while also trying to figure out how to go on living without her daughter. Despite everyone telling her to stay out of the inve...
  • Savanah Rae
    1970-01-01
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.I loved this book and I couldn't put it down.Eight year old Vinni Stewart disappears from the beach. Her mother Maddy is distraught and can't believe her daughter is missing. She knows who took her daughter but has no way of finding her.It takes her five years to find any information about her daughter. How can five years go by without any trace of her daughter?!The woma...
  • Elaine -
    1970-01-01
    I loved this suspense novel! This is Julie Maloney's first novel and I hope she writes many more. Julie's writing is so good that I read this book in a few days and had a hard time putting it down. Julie made me feel the main character, Maddy's, panic and then grief of having her daughter taken from her. The book moves through the five years that Maddy's daughter, Vinni, is missing. During that time the reader is taken from Maddy's initial shoc...
  • Tonya
    1970-01-01
    When eight-year-old Vinni Stewart disappears from a Jersey shore town, Maddy, her distraught single mother, begins a desperate search for her daughter. Maddy’s five-year journey leads her to a bakery in Brooklyn, where she stumbles upon something terrifying. Ultimately, her artist neighbor Evelyn reconnects Maddy to her passion for painting and guides her to a life transformed through art.Detective John D’Orfini sees more than a kidnapping in...
  • BarbL
    1970-01-01
    Thank you so much to Julie Maloney for the advance reading copy in exchange for my honest review. When Maddys daughter disappears from a beach at eight years old its pretty easy to figure out but the question is why ? Why would someone just take an child epically an older woman ? As a parent I loved the fact that Maddy gives up, even years later and despite all the odds ."Letting go of the pain embedded inside the bone told me I was alive. I suck...