I wish I could live within the pages of this book.
Being a New-Orleans-ophile (or whatever one obsessed with NOLA is called), I strive to read everything I can get my hands on about the Crescent City.
This novel is a beautiful mash-up of history, magic, human trials and tribulations, and murder. We follow Jude, a demi-god grifter, who has the gift of finding lost items. He uses it as a parlor trick on tourists, but soon finds himself over his head when he loses the highest staked game of poker that ever existed. He must save New Orleans and himself before time runs out.
I loved the sensory overload of this novel. I saw his illegal squat, the shimmering moonlight on the asphalt, and the post-Katrina weary vagrants in Jackson Square. Mixed in with Camp's multitudes of mythological characters, this book is a must-read. Can't wait for more in the series.
Having received a copy of this book from BookishFirst, I was excited to dive right in. The reviews I read were stellar, and I love nothing more than a twisty murder mystery.
All that said, I wanted to love the book more than I did. The second half of the book had a solid twist, but then I felt like Jewell was adding more turns just to up the ante. Some of them obscured the storytelling for me.
Jewell is a talented writer of suspense. I very much enjoyed the different POVs throughout, and her set-up of the murder was nothing short of fantastic.
I did keep jumping back in to find out what happened. So that must mean it's a decent read. But do I find myself raving about it? Not quite.
This book was nothing like I expected, but that didn't detract from it at all.
Maybe because of the cover I was expected a more Edwardian or Victorian mystery, but that was on me. Not at all what was actually happening.
This is a straight up dystopian mystery that speaks to the heart and soul of the reader. It is oh so possible, plausible and frighteningly real.
I enjoyed this book immensely, and recommend it highly to anyone living in our current political climate.
I received a digital copy of the book courtesy of NetGalley, and the publishers Atria Books, for an honest review.