The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
The Amazing Arden is an illusionist, one of the best in the field, and unlike other illusionists working the circuit she is a woman. The road that led her to a life on the stage doing fire dances and cutting people in half is a strange one that she recounts while being held on suspicion of murder. Someone killed her husband. He was found hacked in his midsection by an axe in a prop box below the stage. It looks just like the illusion of the Halved Man she performed that evening in front of a sellout crowd. Officer Holt apprehends her as she flees and takes her to his small town jail/police station for questioning. There, over the course of the evening, she tells her story in hopes that Holt will see the truth in her words and set her free.
Best part of the book? The title. The entire book I wondered if Arden was to be believed. The book is two stories in one: Arden telling the story of her life to Holt from her childhood up until earlier that evening and the conversations Arden and Holt have in the jail as she tells her tale. Since the past is recounted vividly in prose it’s hard to remember that we are only getting Arden’s remembrances, so the sections of Holt and Arden talking are helpful. It’s a reminder that we’re only getting her version of events and you can’t help but wonder what is real and what is a lie.
This book is released on January 13thso get your holds placed now!