I found A Matter of Issue to be a sensitive look at what is doubtless a common problem right across all western cultures. The characters were well drawn, almost to the point of caricature, with the “evil” Kirk and his sense of entitlement balancing beautifully against the rational, caring brother, Bill. With a number of clever little side plots, Haynes has done a wonderful job of wrapping her story around some very big and very underrated societal issues that affect our ever-aging population. With Haynes not afraid to be ruthless in her arcs, I found A Matter of Issue to be an excellent family drama that highlighted a pressing concern. Kudos to the author for this story whose time has come.
Grant Leishman, Reader's Favorit
'A Matter of Issue' grabbed me right from page one, and I found myself quickly becoming attached to the various characters, even Kirk! I kept wanting him to smarten up and do the right thing! I was also impressed with the different story lines which Carollyne has woven together seamlessly, each intriguing in its own right. 'A Matter of Issue' definitely focusses on the issues of our time and Carollyne has nailed them right on!
Sue Tupper, Merville, British Columbia, Canada
Some very topical themes here - in particular elderly parents who are better off in terms of property and investments than their grown up children and the problems this can cause when said grown up children would rather make use of their inheritance early!
Carollyne Haynes describes some thoroughly unpleasant characters obsessed with getting their hands on what they see as theirs no matter what the cost. There is a secondary story involving a son's search for his real father - again very topical.
I enjoyed it - it kept me interested to the end.
Nadine Vella, London, UK
Got my copy of 'A Matter of Issue' on Saturday afternoon and finished it by noon on Sunday. Couldn't put it down. Great character development and the plot kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended!!
JoAnn Fraser, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
[Review on goodreads]
Carollyne Haynes knows a lot about families. Her second novel, 'A Matter of Issue', is a fast-paced story about filial devotion in crisis. A familiar setting and dialogue typical of an average family bring the reader quickly into the story, and when tragedy seems inevitable it is hard not to take sides. Following her first novel, 'Raised by Committee', Carollyne again demonstrates her narrative ability, mastery of language and in-sight into human behaviour.
Janice Leclerc, Parksville, British Columbia, Canada