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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
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Psychics, mobsters, G-men and more!

I seem to be on a family drama bender this year, I can’t seem to gulp enough of these down. And with a resolutions hangover that is pushing me to clear the virtual and physical book shelves, I reached in and pulled out this 2017 gem that’s been languishing too long and what a treat it was to meet this zany family.

Meet the most charming con man Teddy Telemachus, his wife, the real deal psychic, Maureen, and their children: Irene the human lie detector, Frankie the telekinetic and Buddy, the clairvoyant, plus the next generation of psychics who can tele-transport and also set things on fire and you’ve got a completely different level of dysfunction. Add in a few unsavory Mafioso and a slew of washed up federal agents and you’ve got a wacky tale that straddles family dynamics with both sensitivity and humor. The novel’s structure adds to its cleverness and delivered to the last word.

This is ultimately a character-driven story that mines the complex relationships within families and does so with a well-written, fast-paced narrative. I grew to love these characters as it’s not all madcap mayhem, there is a downside to every psychic gift and your heart goes out to their humanity. This was a four-plus-star read for me and I will definitely look for more of this author’s work because this is top drawer storytelling.
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June 22, 2017 – Shelved
Started Reading
April, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Lovely, and charming review, Victoria, and what a title! Visions of Uri Geller flashed through my mind, of course, but thinking of a family filled with characters like this sounds mindbendingly fun!

Julie Wonderful review, Victoria!! So glad you enjoyed this one!!

message 3: by Richard (new)

Richard This sounds good, a new author to me ....... nice review Victoria :)

message 4: by Dean (new)

Dean Wonderful review, Victoria..

message 5: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Fabulous review, Victoria! This sounds likes a good one!

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Oh, you have me checking my shelves to see if I have it languishing, too, Victoria! Brilliant review! You know I love a family drama! ♥️

message 7: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Langford Great review Victoria!! What an interesting title

message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa This sounds like a fun ride! Great review, Victoria. 😬

Jaline - (on partial hiatus) Superb review, Victoria! And a special 'thank you' because this one has been sitting quietly on my eReader for a long time, too, so this was a timely reminder to find a place for it on my reading list! :)

message 10: by JanB (new)

JanB This sounds refreshingly different Victoria. And you know I love character driven tales. Adding to Mt. TBR 😊📚

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