Magnum Opus by Caitlin Marceau is a tale of jealousy gone very, very wrong when a night of celebrating turns into a murder mystery!
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Magnum Opus by Caitlin Marceau
When celebrating the news that Charlotte’s book is going to be coming out from a big publisher, her friend, Kim, arrives with champagne and cupcakes. What should have been a night of fun and celebration suddenly turns sour when Kim announces that her latest book will also be released on the same day.
Furious, but trying not to let it show, Charlotte brings out more alcohol, knowing Kim won’t say no. And of course, things only get darker from there.
The focus on alcohol and jealousy at the beginning of this story was such a terrifying mix. The amount of drink that Charlotte seemed to be pushing on Kim was sickening, especially considering her thought that Kim had an issue with drinking early on. Charlotte knew what she was doing. Even in the heat of the moment that changed everything, it felt like Charlotte had wanted that all along. And that level of jealousy? That gave me a pit in my stomach right away.
However, the single most terrifying element of the story to me was seeing the fake facade that Charlotte put forth with Kim, not letting her in on the fact that something was wrong. These two were supposed to be friends, but Charlotte had clearly been harboring some nasty thoughts.
With the setup of all these negative feelings at the start, I couldn’t help but root for Charlotte to get what was coming to her. And the rest of the story was certainly entertaining from that standpoint!
I picked this up and read it in one quick sitting, super curious to see how things would play out. What a tale!
My Favorite Passage from Magnum Opus
The cushions where Kim had fallen asleep looked perpetually weighed down. No matter how much she fluffed them, no matter how much she rearranged the couch covers, and no matter how many blankets she piled under the cushions to lift them higher, they constantly looked flat.
Like Kim was still lying down on them.
My Final Thoughts on Magnum Opus
Magnum Opus is certainly a story that makes you question how well you actually know your friends. Are the friends you have truly celebrating your wins, or are they secretly hoping that you’ll fail?
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You just don’t know people sometimes! Creepy!
Erica Robyn says
Right?! So spooky!!!