- Author: Lisa Goldstein
- ISBN: 9781497673618
- Publisher: Open Road Media
- Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
I was invited by the publisher through Netgalley to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Several months ago, I read Lisa Goldstein’s The Red Magician. I enjoyed it enough to accept the publisher’s invitation to read this book, and I’m glad I did. It had none of the faults that I had found with The Red Magician, and it was also a very different book. Though both stories involve magic, that’s where the commonality ends, and if I hadn’t already known that they are by the same author, I would’ve never guessed it.
I also wouldn’t have guessed what the story would ultimately be about by the title, and I find it funny how my mind interpreted the synopsis to mean that this book fit very well into the Fantasy genre. As I said, there is the element of magic. There is also a labyrinth, and the two are connected in an interesting way, but that’s it for the Fantasy part of the story. It’s more of a Mystery novel than anything else. It’s also about a young woman trying to find where she belongs in the world.
Four things that I loved about this book are the interesting chapter titles, the 90’s setting (especially seeing the main character, Molly, and the private investigator, John Stow, doing research in a library instead of on the internet), Molly isn’t a Mary Sue, and the fact that, unlike so many other genre books involving a male and female duo, Molly and John don’t fall in love over their shared interest in solving the mystery. I also enjoyed that, even though I had my suspicions about how the mystery would be solved, there were enough “suspects” and possibilities to make me unsure all the way up to the end.
I will definitely be checking out more of Lisa Goldstein’s books, and even though it’s too early to tell, I might be adding her to my favorite authors list. There are too many “types” of readers I think would love Walking the Labyrinth as much as I did. So, I’m not going to name them. Just read the book. It has been in print since 1996, so I’m sure you can find it at a library if you think you might not be one of those readers.