Wednesday, May 9, 2018

REVIEW of The Other Lady Vanishes (Burning Cove #2) by Amanda Quick

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Berkley

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Knew Too Much sweeps readers back to 1930s California--where the most dazzling of illusions can't hide the darkest secrets...

After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.

Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.

Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along... 

My Thoughts…

Take me back to the 1930’s… that is exactly what Amanda Quick has done.   There is a drug called Daydream being made that causes hallucinations.     Patient B, Adelaide, is forced to take these drugs when her husband(?) forces her into a sanitarium for the mentally ill so that he can take control of her inheritance.    The amazing part?   Adelaide escapes that sanitarium.     She escapes and makes a life for herself in the small town of Burning Cove, California and meets Jake Truett.

I love the town of Burning Cove.   I questioned every person who lived or visited the town.    It seemed everyone had a secret.    They had a reason to be in Burning Cove besides just visiting for the fun of it.    It was interesting to try to guess what was going to happen, who was going to do what next, and who was guilty of what.     Everyone is guilty of something, just some things are worse than others.      

The characters in this book are great.   There are so many quirks, so many background stories, and so interesting.    I cheered for some, booed others, while trying to guess who is who within the story.  I wanted to figure out how they fit together, how their stories would intertwine, and how it would all end.    

Amanda Quick is a talented author.    She is now on my must-read list and I am excited to read more from her.     I definitely recommend picking up The Other Lady Vanishes and falling into the exciting world of Adelaide Black

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