Books from the Backlog #284

Posted September 21, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 13 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #284Bluff by Michael Kardos
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published by HighBridge Audio on April 3, 2018
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
Pages: 288
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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A down-on-her-luck female magician is drawn into a dangerous criminal scheme in this “hopelessly addictive” thriller (Megan Abbott, Edgar Award–winning author of Give Me Your Hand).
At twenty-seven, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. A card-trick prodigy, she took first place at the World of Magic competition at eighteen and has never again reached such heights. Now she lives alone in a New Jersey apartment with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills.
In a desperate ploy for extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write for a glossy magazine and pitches the editor a seductive topic: the art of cheating at cards. But when Natalie meets the perfect subject for her piece—a poker cheat who dazzles at sleight of hand—what begins as a journalistic gamble soon leads her into a dangerous proposition with the highest of stakes . . .
“Truly gasp-worthy.” —Library Journal, starred review
“[A] delightfully surprising thriller.” —The Florida Times-Union
“If you haven’t read Kardos yet, Bluff is the perfect place to start!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times–bestselling author of Someone Knows

Why did I add Bluff to my bookshelf?

I added this book to my Audible account about 3 1/2 years ago. The fact that Julia Whelan narrates this audiobook was a big selling point but I also think that the story sounds really good. It’s not very long so it shouldn’t be too hard to work into my reading schedule. The reviews on Goodreads appear to be overwhelmingly positive so maybe I will try to work it in sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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13 responses to “Books from the Backlog #284

  1. Bluff is new to me but it sounds fascinating. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators, I might need to add it to my wish list.