Audio Book Review: Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister

Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Audio
Narrator: Julie Whelan, Nick Podehl
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction
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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.


Arden is sought in her husbands death when she happens upon Virgil, a policeman who detains her thinking if he can solve this case he can make a name for himself. In trying to get a confession Virgil finds himself entranced by Arden's telling of her life story.  Swearing that he needs to know the whole story of her life in order to understand her.

This book was riveting, spellbinding and pulls you into the story.  I was just as entranced as Virgil in Arden's telling of her story. Arden's life is full of fear, narrow escapes, and missed opportunities.  Its a difficult life but Arden survives.  There are some dark and shocking scenes of abuse in the book that may leave you sucking in your breath and gasping.  Yet they tell the story of survival as well. Brilliant debut from this new historical fiction writer.

So what is the Magician's lie? Is it lies she tells herself, lies that are told to her, lies about who killed her husband? There are so many ways you could answer this question but I leave it to you to decide.