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THE VANISHING TRICK by Jenni Spangler

Step into a world of secrets, folklore and illusions, where nothing is as it seems and magic is at play…

Madame Augustina Pinchbeck, travels the country conjuring the spirits of dearly departed loved ones… for a price. Whilst her ability to contact ghosts is a game of smoke and mirrors, there is real magic behind her tricks too – if you know where to look.

Through a magical trade, she persuades children to part with precious objects, promising to use her powers to help them. But Pinchbeck is a deceiver, instead turning their items into enchanted Cabinets that bind the children to her and into which she can vanish and summon them at will.

When Pinchbeck captures orphan Leander, events are set into motion that see him and his new friends Charlotte and Felix, in a race against time to break Pinchbeck’s spell, before one of them vanishes forever…

The Vanishing Trick blurb from Book Depository

The Vanishing Trick is spooky in a marvellously macabre and unsettling way, with a fantastically twisted villain. The story hooked me from the beginning, and the pace really ramps up as the story progresses making it a proper page-turner.

I adored the story, and was drawn in to the gorgeously Gothic, dark, creepy atmosphere from page one. From then, I couldn’t put it down! I really connected with the main character, Leander, right from the off, and felt his plight – positioned as he was – on the bottom rung of Victorian society. The other two protagonists also had a wonderful complexity to them. With each chapter, the perspective shifts from one to the next, and I found them all to be strong characters worthy of carrying a scene. And I had such a soft spot for Felix and his hauntingly beautiful violin-playing and the terrible weight he carries in his soul. I would happily read a whole book just about him!

Highly recommended! Here are the bookylinks:

Happy Reading, Readerly Friends.x

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