Synopsis:Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
I have been wanting to read this book for a while, I remember when it first came out and I saw it on shelves. I was thirteen when it came out and it seemed like it would have been a little too much for me at the time since I was reading mostly middle grade novels back then. I always enjoy Holly Black’s writing, but I feel like I should have read it instead of listening to it because I feel it would have been more intriguing that way. It still was a great start to a series and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.