Book Review – The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

Synopsis:  In this book we are treated to speculative fiction with magic, dual timelines and cities – 1925 Paris and 2005 Virginia.  In 2005 Virginia, Lara Barnes is stood up at the alter on her wedding day when her fiancé disappears and his car is found the next day on the bend of a quiet road.  Interesting thing is that 30 years ago to the day, another man’s car was found in that exact same place when he went missing and 30 years prior to that, it happened to someone else.  Lara’s family were part of a circus many years ago in Paris and in her search for answers to her fiancé’s disappearance, a set of her great-grandmother’s journals are given to her along with an invitation to Paris to find out more about her family’s history with the secret circus.  There she uncovers secrets, enchantments, and someone who wants her dead.

My thoughts:  Such a fun read!  I absolutely loved all the descriptions of the circus and the ingenious storyline the author wove.  It is a complex plot with quite a few characters but as it is so well crafted, you don’t feel overwhelmed.  I find that usually if the plot of a book is the main emphasis of the story (e.g. a spy novel), then usually character development is very limited but this book is the full package and delivers both an intriguing storyline and great characters.  This book is now available for purchase.  I highly recommend it and I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Thank you to Netgalley and Redhook Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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