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.
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Not disappointing at all. I was enthralled by Arden's life, rising as a lovable innocent young girl endowed with artistic gift and her relentless determination to be in the ranks of famous magicians at the turn of the century. Her pursuit was implacable. I like the way the author weaved the story from 2 era until the conclusion of the story and in the process there were 2 lessons learned from the 2 main characters ( the captor and the captive)
her patience and determination to learn the art of magic. Many more but I don't want to spoil the readers.
Excellent readers. Cant say anything negative to both
Absolutely. I was also captivated to finish the book as if I had a 24-hour deadline.
Hoping to have a part 2. The love story was so perfect and it cannot be that real in a very challenging unreal world.
My first download, I'll never go back!
Ada's voice is surprisingly soothing through the course of the thrilling plot, I love that she kept pulling me in the entire time. The voices she chose for Clyde and Ray during her narration were distinct and exactly how I would have read them. Did not love Virgil's interpretation of Ada's voice, high and whiny, but it gets the point across well and I like how it changes the perspective between the narrators and draws you in to how they are thinking. Have recommended this story to several friends who have enjoyed the twisted mystery that plays out, hard to stop listening!