Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review - Club Deception by Sarah Skilton

Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Pub. Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Mystery
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4

A glamorous romp through the scandals and secrets of LA's most exclusive fictional magician's society, CLUB DECEPTION.

Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA's most exclusive magician's society. She's the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends), and the genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan's award-winning magic show. Claire's life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of wives-Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret, and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long-lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry erupts into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, and close-up card handlers, this novel weaves a tale of murder, fame, and many, many illusions.

Club Deception was a great mystery that kept me on my toes. I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading but I needn't have worried because what I got was girl power to the max. The women of the story were amazing and I was glad to see them painted in such a strong light. Fortunately, my hopeless romantic-self was presented with some romance to keep me tied over. 

We follow the POVs of four different characters; Claire, Jessica, Kaimi, and Felix. Each one brings the story close together and ties it up with a big pretty bow in the end. There was so much happening at times that my head would spin. That being said, it started off a little slow for my taste in the beginning. Luckily, that didn't last long. 

Claire is beautiful and intelligent. Jessica is the young and hot new wife of magician, Cal. Kaimi's character is a little more complex but amazing all the same. I wish we had more scenes with her in them. Felix is a magician in training. All these characters have so much depth and I enjoyed reading their stories. 

Now as you know, this book is about magicians (really the wives and girlfriends of them.) We get a a glimpse into the behind the scenes ways of what one does when entertaining people with illusionary tricks. I know nothing of magic shows or anything like that. But it sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I always wished that I knew how to do tricks. Anyways, Club Deception is the exclusive club of, you guessed it, magicians and their wives/girlfriends. It got me thinking about secret little societies in our world now. Guess they wouldn't be so secret if we all knew about them. 
Overall, I liked the book. It's one filled with betrayal, lies, and all the goodness of high drama. Oh, and then there's a murder. What more could one want? 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


About the Author:
Coming in Summer 2017: Sarah's first book for adults, CLUB DECEPTION (Grand Central), about the magicians who belong to an exclusive underground magic club in Los Angeles, and the women who love, inspire, or control them.

Sarah is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a fact that came in handy while writing her martial arts-themed debut YA novel, BRUISED (Amulet Books), which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and which the Horn Book called "nuanced and honest." Her second YA novel, HIGH AND DRY (Amulet Books), was called "A dark, well-constructed mystery with a strong voice" by Kirkus.

Sarah and her husband, a magician, live in Southern California with their toddler son. She's never been sawed in half, but there's still time. She loves to read coming-of-age novels, effed up memoirs, and edgy non-fiction. Find her on twitter: @Sarah_Skilton

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