Kristy Cambron is back with magic, mystery, illusions and the ever intriguing Jazz Age! As with her previous novels, Cambron invites you into the past of real life characters, along with ones who, very much, could have been.
Not all illusions happen on the stage.
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.
One of my favorite things with Cambron’s novels is her research. She leaves no doubt that she has done it well and as a history buff, this always makes me so happy. I thought it was interesting to get peeks into the life of Houdini and his legacy even after he was gone.
I was more drawn to Cambron’s The Ringmaster’s Wife, but with interesting characters, plot twists and the draw of a seemingly forbidden world, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is worth checking out for history fans.
What’s an era you find intriguing?
(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)