The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron Review

This book doesn’t even need an introduction, so I won’t bore you with one. Let’s get right down to it. This book is wonderful, amazing, mesmerizing, and should be on your must-read list for 2017!!

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

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About the Book

Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to

escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor’s death, intent on burying her true identity.

But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth—and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI’s investigation. All the while Houdini’s words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it’s what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface—and shatter her carefully controlled world.

Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician’s Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life’s stage.

My Perspective

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I first laid eye on the cover. And yes, the author’s name may have had something to do with it too! When I started to read I was nervously excited. There has been a lot of hype over this from my blogging friends. Combine this with my own excitement and I found myself setting the expectations pretty high. Not to fear…..expectation was met and surpassed!

First I need to mention that this is a really creative storyline. I was as enchanted with it as the audience in one of Wren’s shows! My goodness this author has a talent for writing in a way that grabs you and never lets you go. Just when you think it’s time for a lull in the action, beware, something else is coming that surprises and intrigues you. She wrote Wren and Elliott’s characters marvelously. They were both entertaining and mysterious. Neither character was willing to put their past on the table, and I liked that bit of suspense. Slowly, as you read through, little pieces of their past would come to light, and you begin to develop this whole new perspective of their character. I loved seeing bits and pieces of them come together throughout the story.

I cannot imagine the depth of research Ms. Cambron must have done in preparation for this. Not just writing about the time period, but the lifestyle, acts and well known individuals such as Harry Houdini. She masterfully weaved all these pieces into a captivating story. One that I did not want to see end.

This is my favorite book by Kristy Cambron, hands down. It blew my socks off, and now I know where there was so much hype about it! Because it is wonderful. I hope you’ll jump on the Kristy Cambron bandwagon and give it a try!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of THE RINGMASTER’S WIFE, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel. THE ILLUSIONIST’S APPRENTICE (HarperCollins, 2017) is her fourth novel.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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