Anna Van Housen has a secret.
A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned
medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily
navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in
1920s New York. For Anna, the illegitimate daughter of Harry
Houdini-or so Marguerite claims-handcuffs and sleight-of-hand
illusions have never been much of a challenge. The real trick is
keeping her own gifts secret from her mother: because while
Marguerite''s powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability
to sense people''s feelings and foretell the future.
But as Anna''s powers intensify, she experiences frightening
visions of her mother in peril, which lead her to explore the
abilities she''s tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young
man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to
a society that studies people with gifts like hers, she begins to
wonder if there''s more to life than keeping secrets.
As her visions become darker and her powers spin out of her
control, Anna is forced to rethink all she''s ever known. Is her
mother truly in danger, or are Anna''s visions merely illusions?
And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just
another of Marguerite''s tricks?
From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance,
with the temptations of Jazz Age New York-and the story of a girl
about to become the mistress of her own destiny.