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The Matriarch Matrix is a suspense, adventure cum romance story. The central character Peter is very close to his grandfather and is asked by him to look for a legacy that the family had been seeking since centuries. The only things to lead him to that legacy is his tormenting dreams which he seem to forget as soon as he gets up. The problem is that he is all alone in the search as his mother does not approve of this search and keeps his sister away from it. The only solace that could give reprieve to him from his tormenting dreams is a passionate reunion with a woman who understands his seeking. However, he finds this woman in the most unexpected of places and the journey of love, romance, passion, thrill, danger and search begins anew. There are plentiful flashbacks from prior era that adds mystery and allure to the tale. The best thing about the story is that the author was able to capture and diligently portray the uniqueness of each community and ethnicity while joining them at the humane level. The story had me absorbed and intrigued and I could not wait to read the end.

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That was a really eye opening book. Twist and turns throughout the book. Who knew this was going to end up like this!

The Matriarch Matrix isn’t my usual read but I decided it was time to reach out and try something new. This book did not disappoint. From the start of the prologue I felt spell bound.

With a beautiful command of language, Maxime Trencavel has written a riveting novel in The Matriarch Matrix. From the intense and scary prologue to the final scenes the writing is creative, engaging, and propels the reader forward with the plot.

The Matriarch Matrix is an intense, dark story that is a truly unique story about life and love, and death and tragedy. This book is filled with suspense and moments of extreme intensity where you may find yourself holding your breath.

I found this to be a very interesting read. The story itself flows very well and the writing is very sophisticated, especially for a debut novel. I liked the concept. The prologue is extremely intense. It sets this up as a book that will captivate you. It definitely delivers. There is suspense and drama.

This is a different story than I’ve read before but I liked it. Zara is a girl in the Middle East wanting revenge and gets sent back to ancient times to understand what is happening. She finds out she has to die to make things right. Peter is in California and his family has trouble sleeping with dreams haunting them. It turns out he is seeing things ancient fortelling. He is to save the girl in the Middle East. They are different in every way.

I think many women will identify with Zara, the main character, and the complexity of her personality.

I was charmed by Zara, our protagonist, a woman who is complex and strong, who has her own code of morality, who went through hell yet fights for her beliefs.

This story crosses the paths of politics and religion. It’s also about a journey. The details of this book are great. If you are into suspenseful reads then this book is for you.

Magnificent to read and to allow the epic to infuse our thoughts, THE MATRIARCH MATRIX is a remarkable debut novel by an obviously gifted writer and human soul. Highly recommended.

Maxime Trencavel have an eloquent voice and suspenseful writing. Read it. You’ll be glad you did!


The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a complex plot-driven suspenseful speculative mystery.

It pulls from different genres as need to tell its story. A little science fiction, a little fantasy, rhythm of an action-adventure, mixed with the core elements of romance. It is crafted to inspire you to stop and think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the love, the comedy and tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Will they be able to overcome their differences in time to solve the mystery of the matriarch and bring peace to the world?

An epic speculative mystery like no other.
A story of love like no other.

Am I all that Alexander said?
Did I do to you what he said?
Did I withhold from you what he said?
You did not know for sure.
And yet, you still loved me.
Zara Khatum, June 2021


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