A tale with sharp prose and a frightening tone.
In Charlie Hall’s universe, shadows may be changed for amusement and adornment—as well as to boost power and influence. You can change someone’s emotions and memories, but doing so comes with a price that might cost you hours or even days of your life. All the aspects of yourself that you desire to keep concealed are contained in your shadow—a second self that stands to your left and enters bright spaces in your wake. It also occasionally has a life of its own.
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The low-level con artist Charlie works as a bartender to keep herself away from the hazardous and powerful shadow trading industry. She survives by performing odd chores for her clients and the impressionable newcomers in her community near the Berkshire Mountains.
“A contemporary dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and hidden organizations in the spirit of Ninth House and The Night Circus, from a number-one New York Times best-selling author.”
The Book Guide® Editor
Charlie’s present existence, however, is upended when a dreadful character from her past reappears, and at best, her future becomes unclear, and at worst, nonexistent. A cast of doppelgangers, erratic millionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister is among those Charlie faces as she plunges herself into a storm of secrets and murder out of desperation to survive.
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.7/5 Very good