When Julia was a small child her mother was torn away from her. Living in a city that had banned all forms of magic Julia’s mother was drowned in a public cleansing when it was found out that she was a witch. Julia discovers that she is not like her mother but she does have her own ability, she can be what she thinks of as unseen, not invisible exactly but outside of other’s senses.
As Julia got older she decides to use her ability to become a thief and a spy as she’s found out that crime pays and pays well. Her latest job is posing as a housemaid in the home of Mrs. Och. Mrs. Och’s home is full of odd characters but what disturbs Julia the most is there seems to be a connection to the killer in the city leaving a trail of bodies.
Julia Vanishes is one of those reads that got off to a rather slow start but once it got going it really turned into a great start to what promises to be a fun series. With a murder mystery, magic and a cast of crazy characters it drew me in once the story really started moving along.
The world of magic in this story was certainly interesting to read about. Witches can cast spells simply by using a pen and paper and writing their wishes. But then we have Julia who has her own unique ability to hide in plain sight but is not a witch. There are other interesting things added to the story but to avoid spoilers I’ll just say it was fun to discover everything and everyone.
Overall, a bit slow in the beginning but definitely a good start to this series by the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.