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The first half of the book is slow, and a lot of the set up seems unnecessarily detailed in places, while glossing over other plot points. Also, the language seems unnatural and pretentious at times, especially in dialogue, and the academic voice really only works in some of the more reflective prose. The second half of the book picks up and becomes much more readable, and Davidson does do some interesting things with narrative in this section, which is told by the character Lucy, in the form of a police deposition. The end of the book is hasty, and there are many plot reveals in short succession without the care that is given to some seemingly insignificant details earlier in the narrative.
Overall, the book didn't work for me, although parts of it were almost there. I recommend it for people that are seriously interested in a literary representation of game theory.
Title: The Magic CircleAuthor: Jenny Davidson
Publisher: Houghton MIfflin Harcourt
Genre:Literary Fiction, Thriller
Where I got it: From the publisher and TLC BOOK TOURS