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Release Date: January 13, 2015
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Source: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical Fiction
Review Date: Recorded November, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless—and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are genuinely my own.
I really enjoyed the Magician's Lie. It's different than anything that I've read recently. The blurb on this title compares it to The Night Circus and Water For Elephants. Personally, other than it being historical fiction, I wouldn't even place this book in the same wheel house. This stands on it's own as a historical fiction title with some fantastical aspects. There's not much fantasy, but a bit. The protagonist, Arden is an amazingly strong character and is a pretty dynamic character. I liked her and a few other memorable secondary characters. I had an slight dislike with the slower pace of the story, but other than that, I had no issues. If you enjoy historical fiction, I absolutely recommend The Magician's Lie. Want to know more? Check out my coordinating video review.
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