April 9, 2021

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

Constance Sayers

Publication Date: March 23, 2021 by Redhook

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family’s strange and magical circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.

My Thoughts:

Such a delicious, fantastical read. This is much along the lines of The Night Circus by Elin Morgenstern. Secrets and mystery abound within the pages of this book as the young Lara Barnes attempts to move on after her fiancé disappears. This is a book that is best read in long sittings. While initially I attempted to read it in short spurts, I found that I wasn’t captivated with the story until I committed myself. Once I dedicated the time, the magic oozed off the pages and grabbed me. The essence of the circus itself is both enchanting and disturbing. Sayers writes layers and layers of intrigue into lives of the Cabot women. Equal parts of mystery, suspense, love, and macabre make this a mesmerizing tale.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley.

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