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.
“Life is always better than death. Always. No exceptions.”
First off, I would like to say this book was my first Book of the Month Membership book. It was one of the selections from December. The celebrity judge who chose this book was Whoopi Goldberg and her description and thoughts on the book made me want to read the book even more. The title, as well as the cover, also piqued my interest. (*See Below for information on Book of the Month Club Membership.)
Anyways, the Magician’s Lie was absolutely AH-MAZING! The writing, the plot, and the characters were absolutely spellbinding! From the beginning, I was so intrigued by the story, so much so that I kept trying to guess what the lie could be. (If you think about it, Illusionist are essentially liars!)
In the beginning of the book the Amazing Arden, the most famous female illusionist of her time, was arrested by Police Officer Virgil Holt after her so called “husband” was found dead. Holt was actually at the Amazing Arden’s show that night. He watched her perform and witnessed her swap out her trademark saw for a fire ax during the sawing a man in half trick. She claims the switch was to hype up the illusion of the trick and that she didn’t murder anyone but Holt doesn’t believe her. He takes her into custody for questioning but doesn’t realize that he’s in for a long night. She can’t and will not just tell her story starting with that night (the night of the alleged murder) she has to start from the beginning. Beginning meaning her childhood. From there you are led though the mirage of her life – the not so fair, good, bad, ugly, daunting, the amazing, and her current situation.
Not only was the Amazing Arden a spellbinding illusionist, she was also a great storyteller. I didn’t really care to much for the end of this book and I think it’s because it wasn’t part of the story that she was telling throughout the book. To me, the best part of the book is when she was telling her story and once you read the book you will completely understand what I’m saying! Even though the ending of the book wasn’t my favorite, it doesn’t take away from how much I love the beginning and the heart of the story.
Well Played Greer Macallister, now I want to go to a magic show and the illusionist has to be a woman!