Book Review: The Grift by Debra Ginsberg

Title: The Grift
Author: Debra Ginsberg
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Crown
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher
First line: Madame Z had been sitting in her spot on the boardwalk for hours and the only forms of life she’d seen were a few listless seabirds.

The Grift is the story of Marina Marks, a woman working in Florida as a psychic. She doesn’t believe in psychic abilities, but she uses her keen observation skills and intuition about human relationships to tell her clients what they want to hear. She makes a pretty good living at it, even if she’s deceiving people about the nature of her observations.

When competition and persecution from other psychics and gypsies force Marina to move from Florida to Southern California, she sets up a prosperous business and is well on her way to her goal of retiring in comfort before age 40. But then a mysterious man shows up who throws a wrinkle into her plans. Not only does she find herself immensely attracted to him, but she suddenly starts having premonitions and visions that she had never had before. Marina has to come to terms with her grift, her gift, and her future.

It took me a while to be drawn into this book. I enjoyed the eclectic group of characters that made up Marina’s clientele, but I wasn’t really compelled to keep reading until Gideon arrived. When he showed up, and along with him, the manifestation of Marina’s true psychic abilities, I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading. I stayed up until almost 1 am finishing it.

As the mystery unfolds, I was sure I knew who the culprit was, but Ms. Ginsberg managed to keep me guessing until the last possible minute. While the ending wasn’t fairytale happy, it ended with resolution for Marina’s story and hope for her future.

This is a re-post of a review I wrote a couple of years ago.

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8 Responses to Book Review: The Grift by Debra Ginsberg

  1. I never expected to like this book because of the psychic thing, but I thought it was well-done and I enjoyed it also!

  2. I didn’t like this one nearly as much as you did! I’ve now linked to your review (mine is here).

    Happy New Year!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Avis – thanks for linking to my review – I’m sorry it didn’t work as well for you. Have you read her memoir, About My Sisters? It’s really good – maybe you’d like it better. 🙂

  3. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book and am glad you enjoyed it, Carrie. It’s good to know it took you a while to get into it–I’ll keep that in mind if I decide to read it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy -there have been a lot of books with slow starts that I’ve pushed through on bloggers’ recommendations – and I’m very rarely sorry I did.

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