The Magician's Lie

The Magician's Lie

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A USA Today Bestseller

'This is a book in which storylines twist, spiral and come together again in an ending as explosive as a poof of smoke from your chimney... or a top hat.' --

'Smart, intricately plotted... a richly imagined thriller.' -- PEOPLE magazine

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. But one night she swaps her trademark saw for an axe.

When Arden's husband is found dead later that night, the answer seems clear, most of all to young policeman Virgil Holt.

Captured and taken into custody, all seems set for Arden's swift confession. But she has a different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless, and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding.

A magical and mysterious historical thriller, perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Water for Elephants.

What Reviewers and Readers Say:

'[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel...' Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

'A wonderfully dark and intriguing historical thriller. The Amazing Arden is a fabulous heroine who keeps us guessing until the curtain falls. I loved it!' Hazel Gaynor, author of 'The Girl Who Came Home'

'This debut novel is historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance.' Boston Globe

'It's a captivating yarn... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs.' Washington Post

'In The Magician's Lie, Greer Macallister has created a rich tapestry of mystery, magic, and lost love. The novel drew me in with its lush details and edge-of-your-seat plot. The tale of the tragic Amazing Arden, a female magician, will have you questioning how the truth of a tale can be different than the material facts, and how what you feel can be stronger than the soundest logic.' Margaret Dilloway, author of 'How to be an American Housewife' and 'The Care of Handling Roses with Thorns'

'Twisted together with magic, a drenching touch of evil, betrayal, love, and wonderful storytelling will make this a tale you won't soon forget. Is her story real, or a magician's lie?' Becky Milner, Vintage Books (Vancouver, WA)

'Greer Macallister handles the reader with the command and brilliance of a world class ringmaster. The Magician's Lie is a mesmerizing novel of illusion, secrets, and suspense. Bravo!' Erika Robuck, author of 'Call me Zelda' and 'Fallen Beauty'

'The Magician's Lie is riveting, compelling, beautiful, frightening, evocative and above all magical. Don't miss this immersive novel of suspense and wonder from an exciting new voice in historical fiction!' M.J. Rose

'A suspenseful and well-researched tale of magic, secrets and betrayal that will keep you guessing until the end.' J. Courtney Sullivan, author of 'The Engagements and Maine'

'Like her heroine the Amazing Arden, Greer Macallister has created a blend of magic that is sure to delight her audience. The Magician's Lie is a rich tale of heart-stopping plot turns, glittering prose, and a cast of complex, compelling characters. Readers beware: those who enter Macallister's delicious world of magic and mystery won't wish to leave!' Allison Pataki, author of 'The Traitor's Wife'
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 31mm | 444g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787199967
  • 9781787199965
  • 1,189,638

Review quote

'Readers may well compare Greer's novel to The Night Circus, as it revolves around the mysterious world of magic and illusions... the story is spun like a bard's hypnotic tale. By the end, the reader is left wondering what is real and what is illusion.'--RT Book Reviews
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Rating details

11,650 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 17% (2,027)
4 42% (4,922)
3 32% (3,680)
2 7% (815)
1 2% (206)
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