The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Age Group: Adult
Source: Borrowed from Library
Summary (goodreads.com): 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.
I loved this book, I cannot express this enough. The story was completely engrossing. I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know Arden’s story, I needed to know how she ended up in her situation, and I needed to know how she would get out of it. I became incredibly attached to her character very early on, even before she started telling her life’s story I was rooting for her to get out of that jail, it didn’t matter to me if she was guilty. Her personality was addicting and her story mesmerizing. I loved reading about Arden’s tragic story of love, loss, murder, and betrayal. I loved how Arden’s story was told in a series of flashbacks as she tells her story to Virgil. I loved the main setting of a travelling Magician’s show throughout the United States. I loved the behind the scenes look at how turn of the last century illusions were pulled off. I loved every single page of Greer Macallister’s novel and I plan on reading it again and again.