By Daniel O'Malley
Review by Jarad Johnson
It’s difficult to know where to begin with a book so full of intricate plots, which is probably what makes the book so enthralling. The author has managed to find the perfect balance for the novel by combining high-octane, page turning writing with humor. The two are not always mutually exclusive. Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by bodies and with no recollection of who she is, only having in her possession a set of instructions on how to keep herself safe, or relatively so. She eventually learns that she is a relatively high-ranking member of a government organization that deals with supernatural conflicts around the country. If that sounds like a lot, you haven’t seen anything yet. This book defies categorization and is hard to pin down. However, it is rich with world-building and character development, twists and turns, and unexpected advances.
Manipulation, intrigue, and alcohol all coalesce into an enticing cocktail in this enthralling novel. Set in the 1920s during Prohibition, the story follows a typist working at a local police precinct, and the manipulative bootlegger- in-disguise whom she becomes obsessed with. The entire story is told from one point of view, so the reader is intentionally made to doubt the credibility of the narrative. It is an intricate and all-encompassing read that should not be read hastily.