Eve doesn’t remember much. In fact what she doesn’t know is far more than what she does know. She can’t remember who she is, but she knows the face she wears and the name she has is not her own. She knows that she is a survivor of a serial killer who is hunting her, and she knows that somewhere in her blank mind is the solution to everything, if only she can access it. That is exactly what the agents with her want. The question is – what is Witness Protection willing to do to get that information?
Conjured is a beautiful mix of mystery and fantasy. While not told from Eve’s first person perspective, the reader experiences everything she does. When the sudden memory loss happens, it doesn’t just happen to Eve. The reader feels every painful moment of uncertainty and fear.
For the first part of the book, we are as lost as Eve. This is somewhat problematic because it takes a patient reader to get through this. But it is worth it. The journey Eve takes to find herself and her place in the world is filled with language that takes you from uncertainty and fear to magic and freedom and then back again to that place of fear.
The mix of fantasy into what at first seems to be a straight mystery is a bit strange at first but Durst pulls it all together very well. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a slowly unfolding mystery with a bit of romance thrown in as well.
Did you read it? What did you think?