I really liked the author’s style in this historical fiction book. It’s not a typical narrative style. The narrator tells the story directly you, as if you and the narrator are sitting in the room with characters, invisibly watching. It’s very interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like it. This is actually an “altered” or “alternate” history back, as what actually happened is changed. The main character Joseph, is involved in a mind reading act in Washington DC in 1865. It’s merely an illusion, but then he meets a girl, Cassandra, who actually does  have “second sight.” She foresees that something terrible is going to happen to the president and she and Joseph must try to expose the conspiracy. It was a very suspenseful book, and though you felt pretty certain what the ending would be, you weren’t quite sure. The author’s style was amusing, and Blackwood has written other alternate histories, which I would like to read. 277 pages, 4 1/2 stars.

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