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Reviewed: June 4th, 2021
Pub Date: April 13 2021

The premise of this novel was very interesting and something I have never read before. It is a medical mystery set in the world of renowned organ transplant center in San Francisco. This one had me on the edge of my seat but was also shockingly light. It was clear that Peele knew what she was talking about when creating this world and setting!
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I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

A whodunit with a medical twist.  Great female characters and friendships.
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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Sarah works for an organ transplant company. She learns that her friend Jackie from nursing school has a son named Wyatt who needs a kidney transplant. A co worker of Sarah's is found dead of a drug overdose. Sarah thinks it was murder. This book kept me guessing at times.
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Peele offers us a vivid setting and lots of useful information about the kidney transplantation process.  Unfortunately, her effort falls flat.  The mystery is not very mysterious, although the actions of her characters often are.  So much of the plot probably worked well in outline form, but it seems forced and often hinges on events that are unlikely.  Character flaws are presented but not in a way that allows the reader to understand them; many of the characters' actions - an extra-marital affair, a conveniently located best buddy -- and a young patient who is near-perfect are simply not credible.   There's so much in the skeleton of the story that could have been the basis for a stronger novel had it been handled more skillfully that it makes Match that much more disappointing.
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I love medical mysteries and the author’s background as a transplant coordinator gives authenticity to this fast-paced novel. You feel as if you’re in scrubs working alongside Sarah Golden, program manager at a big San Fran transplant facility. 

Unfortunately, dialogue and characters lack depth, and I disliked the dynamic between Sarah and her troubled best friend Jackie, who was also annoying in the author’s debut novel, CUT. 

I hope the author “cuts” Jackie from book 3 in this planned trilogy, and focuses instead on another aspect of transplantation — an endlessly intriguing subject and the author’s true passion. 

3 of 5 Stars
Pub Date 13 Apr 2021
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Thanks to the author, She Writes Press, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.
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The premise of the story regarding kidney transplant is really great. But what I don't understand is why is Jackie, who is not even related to the case, trying to investigate? Yes, she is a nurse but currently a stay-at-home mother. And neither did Jackie witness the crime, nor was she related to the person murdered, nor was she in any way connected to the investigation. I do like a medical mystery and I am a great fan of badass female characters but Jackie barging into an investigation that had nothing whatsoever to do with her totally stumped me. 

A well-paced read though at times it felt like the writing style was made to sound like a TV cop show. But the logic behind Jackie jumping behind a biker in search of 'perps' when it was none of her business and when she had more pressing matters in hand was totally lost on me.
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