Artifice, written by Lianne Miller
Eliza Ross isn’t who people think she is. In fact, Eliza Ross isn’t who she thinks she is.
The old saying is that the truth will set you free, but there are some things more compelling than truth. Eliza Ross finds those things in Dmitri Markov, a man sent to plague her–or so she thinks.
I’ll have to try to write this carefully to avoid spoilers, because I know readers will want to experience this book the same way I did. What I will say is that Lianne Miller handles this genre very well, allowing the reader to see the world through the confused eyes of an unreliable narrator and without the intrusive framework that many authors insert into this particular type of story. In this case, Miller’s deft handling makes it all work, and as Eliza learns more about herself, so do the readers.
Hospitalized with an unusual medical condition, protagonist Eliza questions her ability to function and make sense of the world around her, but she knows something isn’t right. She is correct, and it will take time for her, and the reader, to peel back the layers of intrigue about what’s really going on, and who the people around her truly are.
The pacing of this story is strong, and as to the mystery, the reader is left guessing, knowing, certain, and then … Well, why don’t you see if you figure it out, too?
I cannot wait until Book Two comes out!
This guest review was contributed by Interrobanged Books. Aside from being a writer, editor, and all-around wordsmith, H.E. Herbert also reviews books and posts them regularly.