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Review: The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

by Kristy Cambron

Wren Lockhart used to work for Harry Houdini. She’s one of the few people on earth that knows how the famous illusionist pulled off his stunts. Now at the beginning of 1927, three months after Harry’s death, Horace Stapleton is claiming that he can bring a dead man back to life. FBI agents Elliot Matthew and Connor Finnegan attend the event, having suspicions about the vaudeville performer. When the man Stapleton seemingly brings back to life dies soon after, they have a new case to solve. They begin interviewing the famous and eccentric Wren Lockhart in her home with doors that she keeps locked, not trusting anyone with her secrets. Wren hates that Stapleton promises he can communicate with the dead and wants to prove him wrong, yet she’s worried that the secrets of her career as well as her personal life, which she keeps closely guarded, will be revealed.

I loved this book. Wren was a really neat character that was easy to like. I really appreciated that she was strong and a different sort of woman for the time period portrayed in this book. Elliot wasn’t my favorite hero ever, but he was still likeable and I appreciate that he gave Wren her space. It was interesting to read about the worlds of vaudeville and illusion in this book. And I’m always game for a novel set in the 1920s, ‘cause that is the best. The writing made me feel like I was really in early 20th century Boston during the winter time. Just like Kristy Cambron’s other novels, this book was really well written.

The Illusionist’s Apprentice was an all-around good book. Fans of Christian historical fiction and novels about the 1920s will enjoy this novel.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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