A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini - a love story that defied death itself.
Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife, Bess, from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey.
Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair's extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island to the palaces of Budapest to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband's magic may have been more than just illusion.
In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the 20th century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling tale that will take you deep into the heart of one of history's greatest love stories - asking what drives people to believe in something bigger than themselves, even as it reveals the famous magician's most remarkable feat of all.
©2016 Victoria Kelly (P)2016 Recorded Books
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I love reading stories about well-known figures in time periods I love such as the 1900s/ 1920s! I just recently finished the book "Z: The Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" so I was curious to learn about the life of Harry Houdini's wife.
I think it was a good story. I did think "Whoa! She just met Harry and they are getting married!" Their immaturity definitely showed through with the fight they had that first week or two of being married when they tried to make each other jealous at their own wedding party! I was worried I was in for a dysfunctional disaster of a marriage like Zelda and F. Scott but Bess was definitely dedicated to Harry. They went through a lot together and Bess was Harry's rock. You could tell they really loved each other
They did go through a dark time similar to F. Scott and Zelda where Harry was beginning to get famous and he started putting all of his time and attention into his work. The reader could tell that Bess was starting to lose herself and her purpose in life. Luckily, it was small parts of their marriage and not their entire marriage.
The story goes back-and-forth between Bess and Harry's life and Bess in the present day trying to search for a message from Harry from beyond the grave. She does make a startling discovery that changes her life forever. I wasn't completely surprised about it but wondered if it was really true. I know there is facts and fiction in this book.
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