Title: The Magician's Lie
Author: Greer Macallister
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date: January 13, 2015
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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
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 Two Cents:
In "The Magician's Lies,"
Arden is a illusionist who is truly a woman in a man's world. This book
takes place before there were many female entertainers so she draws an
audience merely for being a woman. She becomes very famous because her
tricks are good. One night it appears that she killed her husband on
stage during one of her illusions, Arden becomes a wanted woman. It'll
be up to one man to determine whether or not Arden really committed the
murder or was it just another illusion. There seems to be a lot of
historical fiction books that have come out recently that take place in a
circus or show setting. I've eaten so many of these books up and I was
very attracted by the setting of this book!
Even though it's the
setting that initially attracted me, the real reason that I ended up
enjoying this book is that the way that the book is told is utterly
engaging. The book flashes back between Arden's past and her being
questioned by Virgil after her husband's murder. We get to know Arden
and what makes her tick and how things are not always the way that they
seem. To some degree Arden is an unreliable narrator, which I really
enjoyed. Because there are so many flashbacks back-and-forth between the
past and the present, readers definitely have to pay attention and it
can get a little bit confusing. However if you're willing to pay
attention, the payoff is great.
Overall, I really enjoyed the
story because of the characters but the way that the action of the story
is laid out. It definitely kept me on my toes and I love that.