“Tonight, I will do the impossible. The impossible is nothing new to me. As I do every night, I will make people believe things that aren’t true. I will show them worlds that never existed, events that never happened. I will weave a web of beautiful illusion to ensnare them, a glittering trap that drags them willingly with me into the magical, false, spellbinding world.”
When I came across The Magician’s Lie at a bookstore, I was very much intrigued by the premise. The most famous female illusionist of her time, the Amazing Arden (Ada) is known for her trick of sawing a man in half. One night after the show, the body of Arden’s husband is discovered onstage and the famous illusionist becomes a wanted woman. Arden is apprehended by an officer and taken into custody where over the course of one night, she tells her story. One that may prove her guilt or innocence.
“But this is life, and when bad things come to us, there isn’t much choice. You survive them or you don’t.”
The Magician’s Lie is a wonderfully written book, and I very much enjoyed the storytelling throughout. Arden is an intriguing character and her life is an interesting one. The book alternates between Arden’s conversation with the officer who apprehended her and the story she is telling him in order to clear her name. The format works well, although I found the beginning of the book to have a really slow start and it took me until about a quarter of the way through to truly get into it. Particularly interesting is when she tells the story of how she got into magic and her experiences in that world. This is not a fast-paced type thriller, but more of a stroll through Arden’s life that leads us to discover and understand the events of the night of the murder that takes place at the start of the novel. I would recommend The Magician’s Lie to those who enjoy more of a slower-paced read, descriptive storytelling, and a bit of mystery.