The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacAllister
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.
My Review: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not sure how much this reminded me of Water for Elephants. Maybe because of the similarities of the circus/vaudeville/illusionist acts? The stories were far from the same. The Amazing Arden kind of grates on my nerves a bit in an intriguing way. The entire story I kept wondering, just as Virgil does, is she lying? And what part is true? It’s a compelling read that is very dark. I would recommend it if you like the dark/moody type books. Those that keep you wondering/questioning throughout.
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