The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister (Book Review)

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister (Book Review)The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genres: General Fiction
Pages: 320
My Rating:
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Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
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.


I received an ARC of The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacAllister through NetGalley and devoured it. I fell in love with Arden the Magician almost immediately and was completely hooked by her story. She’s written as an unreliable narrator which I love. It keeps me on my toes and keeps me interested as the story unfolds.

Now, I’ve never read Harry Potter, Twilight, or a host of other popular books because I do not read anything about magic, the supernatural, or the paranormal. I don’t have anything against these genres but they aren’t for me so I was really excited to find that The Magician’s Lie isn’t about the magic as much as it is the Magician, Arden.

It all starts out when Arden, famous for sawing a man in half, one night trades her saw for an ax. When her husband is found dead later that night, killed by an ax, Arden is the obvious suspect.

Did this famed illusionist kill her husband or was it all…an illusion?  

She professes her innocence but is she telling the truth or is it all just one big lie? Her career is all smoke and mirrors but in this novel it’s her life that is all the line. I kept going back and forth while reading. I couldn’t decide if I trusted Arden or not.

I also found it a bit odd that handcuffs could hold this amazing illusionist as she sits talking to the officer. Honestly, handcuffs? I didn’t buy it; surely a famed illusionist could escape from simple police handcuffs, right?

In the end though it all comes together perfectly and I was extremely satisfied. When I read the final chapter I wanted to just shout from the rooftops about how much I loved the book and how everyone needed to just rush right out and buy it but I couldn’t because it didn’t release until this month. I’ve held my tongue for months and months but now…please do yourself a favor and get it. It’s fantastic!

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Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl
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