The Amazing Arden is a successful female magician, a rare thing in the early 1900s. After a show in Waterloo, Iowa, her husband is found dead under the stage, and Arden has disappeared.
Virgil is a small town cop with problems of his own, and when he comes upon Arden fleeing from town, he decide she may be the one to help him solve his problems. So he takes her to his small, quiet office to interrogate her. Arden begins her story at the beginning of her life and spends the entire night trying to convince Virgil she isn't guilty.
Her story is no ordinary tale. She's had quite the eventful life and that's what make the story readable. Yes, we do want to know if Arden is guilty, but the journey to get that information is where the enjoyment comes from.
As a matter of fact, I didn't really like the ending. I thought it fizzled a bit. I did hope for this outcome, but I thought it would be presented with more of a bang! Not very dramatic, but like I said, the rest of the story is what makes this novel engaging. While Arden's past is very slowly exposed, it still manages to be interesting.
The audio narrators, Nick Podehl and Julia Whelan, were very good. I didn't really think about the narration during the story. It was easy to follow and nothing bugged me about the voices.
The Magician's Lie isn't for everyone, but those who enjoy a well put together, interesting story that doesn't rush will enjoy it.
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark, 2015 (Brilliance Audio)
Copy obtained from the library
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