The Beautiful Ones

Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's. Oct. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250099068. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250099075. FANTASY
Returning to the capital city of Loisail, Hector Auvray uses his telekinesis to wow crowds and gain entry into society. At a lavish party, he meets the young Nina Beaulieu who is immediately smitten and intrigued by his psychic abilities. Although he enjoys Nina's attentions, his heart belongs to Valérie, Nina's aunt by marriage. While Valérie was the one who broke their engagement to marry the wealthy Gaetan Beaulieu, she still doesn't like seeing Hector paying Nina attention. The telekinesis that Hector has mastered and Nina is struggling to control adds a fantastical spin to a story that would otherwise be a great fit for fans of the 18th-century French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Valérie is an especially compelling character to watch: self-destructive, vengeful, and broken by her own choices and machinations.
VERDICT The talented author of Certain Dark Things and Signal to Noise returns with a novel that is light on fantasy but overflowing with delicious melodrama.
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