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The Coincidence Makers

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,944 ratings  ·  590 reviews
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 looks 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 s
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2011)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the stars! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Behind the scenes of our lives, pulling the strings for the benefit of humanity, are the people assigned as “coincidence makers,” arranging the events that need to happen in people’s lives, both on a personal and larger scale. It may be making a particular love connection by arranging that two people meet at the right time, or taking steps to help an accountant find his true work in being a poet, or ensuring that an assassin is poin
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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.

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
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
“There’s always a broader picture. There’s always something beyond the system you’re concentrating on. Never forget that. There are no clear boundaries. Life doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the table. And there are always more than six pockets you can fall into. There is always something beyond. Always, always, always.”

3.5 Stars. Behind the scenes, imaginary friends, dream weavers, luck distributors, and other types of "reality-backstage workers" are pulling the strings. Much of what happe
Virginie *No more time to write reviews for the moment :( *
The concept : wow! Really liked how the author developped the idea of coincidence makers. The excerpts of the textbooks really entertained me.

The characters: didn't feel close enough to them.

The ending: okay... A bit disappointed.

This book was a fast read. Overall, I enjoyed it!

3.5 rounded up

October 24th, 2019
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).

This was what I expected and yet not.. which had me laughing a bit on the latter. Bit like where a magician shows you one thing but we all know something else is going on behind the scenes, even if we don't spot it.

An interesting concept, this world where there are people behind the scenes making things happen. Imagine if that winning lotto ticket or that dream job you landed was all part
Jacob Proffitt
This is extremely well-written and has an interesting story and characters that are well-depicted and fully dimensional. And yet it didn't connect with me in some fundamental ways.

I think the biggest disconnect is that, while there are relationships that (will probably) grow into love, this isn't in any way, shape, or form, a romance. I mean, we see the conflicts and yearning and desire and even the connection. But in both love relationships shown, narration ends at the start of something that h
Finished around 6 a.m. thanks to insomnia (caused by my husband giving a lecture on swordsmanship in his sleep).

The more I think about it, the more I am impressed with this book. The premise is original: There are human-like beings who have jobs like arranging coincidences, making dreams, and being imaginary friends. Despite the fantasy premise, it reads more like a contemporary, so I have no idea what genre to label this.

(I had this crazy coincidence a few years ago where I ran into friends at
Karen R
A clever and inventive concept that made me think differently about coincidences and how a carefully orchestrated series of events can make a difference in situational outcomes. One simple tweak or a more elaborate plan makes no matter, these highly skilled confidence makers will ensure their tasks are done. What a cool but stressful job making each piece fit together! In one instance, a simple rearranging of a teacup at the edge of a table snowballs into something so much bigger. An engaging re ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have a rule for every book I read.
I won’t put it down for good until I have finished my rule of three.
* Read the first 3 chapters
* Read at least 30 pages
* Make 3 attempts to get interested in the story

On page 45 I was so bored I stopped reading to watch cartoons with my kids. I even caught myself watching commercials with singing boxes instead of reading.

Needless to say I probably missed a lot but I cannot say I care to pick the book back up again and read. It’s been three days and I am m
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, favorites
I primarily read for pleasure but occasionally I find books that move me on a deeper level; "The coincidence maker" is one of them. Its philosophical depth is outstanding. I did not want the book to end, and will definitely re-read; this book is for keeps.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israeli-fiction
An excellent debut!
The writing was simple but in a good way and was very enjoyable and fluent. The story itself was absolutely lovely and original and Blum did a fantastic work especially when at the end he connected all the dots, though some were kinda obvious (well, the book is about coincidence makers).
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I won a copy of The Coincidence Makers in a Goodreads Giveaway.


The concept of The Coincidence Makers is intriguing: what if we really don’t have any control over our fate. What if there are people out there somewhere pulling the strings, causing certain events to happen - or not happen - in order to create the future you are supposed to have? What if things do not happen by coincidence but are orchestrated by people called The Coincidence Makers?

The book revolves around three such coincidence
Cristina Smith
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
“For every beginning, there is a beginning that proceeded it.” Intrigued by this book’s description, I contacted the author to ask for a review copy while sitting in the very small private library of an organization. He said they weren’t available unless through his publisher. As I got up to leave, a book came flying off the top shelf of the bookcase. I caught it and laughed out loud. It was an Advance Reader copy of The Coincidence Makers. True story.

I knew then that this book has its own spec
Lolly K Dandeneau
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
via my blog:
'I wish I could love you, but I can’t. This seat is taken.'

It took a while for me to really get into the story but once I did, what a unique tale. All those coincidences in life, small and large, often pivotal are orchestrated here by the Coincident Makers. Sometimes they are given personas by humans (children, teens, and adults in need) as they call to imaginary friends and always serving them, so much that one in particular begins to feel used
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, giveaways
Somewhat surreal, The Coincidence Makers is a fictional fantasy where what seems to be happening by chance is actually carefully planned. Protagonists Guy and Emily have gone through training together and work as coincidence makers who receive special projects that they must enact. Whether making a piano fall from a window unto a passerby or sparking the urge in an accountant to write poetry, the coincidences they create are often life altering. A romantic undercurrent helps drive the novel forw ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This has been a delightful read. I don't think I've ever read a book with a plot so different and new. It was a refreshing change.

When I first started this it was a little confusing and didn't know where this was going however as I went further ahead I was just amazed by the thought that has gone into this. Every little detail made sense. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. Great work by Yoav Blum!!
Happy reading!!
Fate versus Free Will
A concept we have all pondered; a concept we have all made our mind up about to some extent. Some of us believe a god in the sky is pulling the strings, others believe the universe in and of itself causes everything to happen for a reason. And still, others think that things just happen, and that is all there is to it.

"God does not play dice with the universe."
- Albert Einstein -

Yoav Blum throws all these concepts on their head in The Coincidence Makers. Instead of a g
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really hard book to review without giving away too much too, but I am going to do my best. The concept behind The Coincidence Makers is an intriguing one for sure, the idea of having people who we don’t know. Only see someone in passing, might even say hello to, having such an impact in out lives. Setting events in motion to get a specific outcome, whether a blooming romance or set on a course for success. Or something completely different. It all kinda makes you think.

The story center
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last night I finally managed to finish The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum.
In this book we follow three coincidence makers who arrange events that need to happen in other people's lives. Guy and his friends basically create coincidences so people will meet their significant other, discover artistic talents and think about their purpose in live.
Working for a secret organization as a coincidence maker, an imaginary friend or a dream weaver sounds magnificent to me and I'd really love to get select
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some say this is similar to Adjustment Bureau but as I'm unfamiliar with that book (movie?), The Coincidence Makers was incredibly unique and satisfying to me. This blew me away and I absolutely loved every page of it. The three characters at the heart of this story are responsible for making "coincidences" in this world. These can range from the mundane and meet-cute to extremely far-reaching and important. A coincidence today to affect something that needs to happen in 60 years. I loved the di ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS follows coincidence makers as they set up events and people to alter their fates. How they know what to do isn’t evident at first but through flash backs we get the whole concept. This story is really about Guy, a coincidence makers as he laments the loss of his one true love.

Guy trains with two other coincidence makers named Emily and Eric. Their work brings to mind so many questions about what really qualifie
Kim Pet
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Every now has a before.." Do you think there's such a thing as a coincidence? Think again. Blum offers a different perspective, that of people who make coincidences occur in order to create a wanted outcome. This is also a story of love; loving what's real and not imaginary, and accepting yourself.
Blum's writing is masterful and he weaves a unique tale. This is definitely a different kind of story, but it captured me from the beginning and didn't let go until the end.

*I received an arc from t
Joseph Carano
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic piece of science fiction that I fell in love with. The story follows 3 people who are beginners in a craft that try to arrange things to make a persons fate happen, such as meet and fall in love with your perfect mate .Great plot, characters ,pacing and dialogue. Very little to not enjoy here, even if you are not a fan of science fiction. The ending alone is worth a five star rating.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This was a totally unique story, unlike any I have read, that makes you re-think what you believe about fate, destiny and coincidence. The beginning was a bit muddled and I almost gave it up at about 25%, but I am glad I kept going. The story keeps you guessing and winds up being a great story about love. I read an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press and have provided my honest opinion in return.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars

This book was so much fun to read! It was the reason I looked forward to my lunch break each day this week, never mind the need to actually eat.

The story starts out a bit slow, but by the time you realize things are starting to happen, they start happening more quickly as you see all the threads start to come together. By the end, I was smiling at all the unexpected turns.

One of my favorite parts was finding out what happened to The Man with the Hamster. :)
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book because of the premise but it just fell flat for me. Perhaps because the author spent a lot of time explain how to do coincidences instead of doing them. I want enough background to understand but then I want more of the story.

I did enjoy the trio of Emily, Guy and Eric but knew that no good would come out of the meddling in their own lives.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this book I couldn't take my hands off it. A really nice story, written exceptionally well and so easy to read :)
Debbie Robson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As my blog, says I am a firm believer in synchronicity, so of course when I came across The Coincidence Makers in a local bookshop I couldn’t resist it. In Yoav Blum’s intriguing novel we firstly meet Guy, a coincidence maker. He could also be a guardian, an agent, sentinel or perhaps a spirit, angel or demon. He is conducting a coincidence which causes a waitress to lose her job. But as we soon learn, every coincidence has a ripple effect and is not just about the one thing ...more
I won a copy of The Coincidence Makers from a Goodreads Giveaway.

** Minor spoilers ahead! **

The premise is so original and I was really looking forward to reading it.

In an unnamed location, we are introduced to the three main characters; flat, dull as dishwasher Guy, the equally forgettable Emily and Eric, the so-called rogue, whose jobs are to create coincidences, forge love affairs, encourage creativity and what-not with their clients.

Readers are given a taste of what a coincidence maker d
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yoav Blum’s The Coincidence Makers is a fabulously unique novel about the truth about chance. It is a charming story of master puppetry with the best of intentions.

I jumped into this book with both feet so to speak. I was intrigued by the premise, and I truly enjoyed the characters. The details were rich and meaningful. Once I got the gist of the coincidence makers’ job, I started paying more attention to the subtle detail in the story. I felt like the author was telling me to be more observant
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Yoav Blum (born 1978) in a blogger and a writer from Israel.

He 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 two daughters.
When he is not writing (literature or code) he contemplates what he’ll

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