by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

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Spectacle is a YA murder mystery from debut author Jodie Lynn Zdrok in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765399670
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Spectacle , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 208,658
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. In addition to being an author, she's a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. Spectacle is her debut.

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Spectacle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A Riveting Murder Mystery that will keep you on edge! Actual star rating is 4 1/2 stars Note: This review may contain spoilers Spectacle is a riveting mystery, where the main character Nathalie Baudin is brave, fierce, and compassionate. Although she wants to reject her visions of the murders happening in Paris, she takes matters into her own hands at the risk of her own safety. In the beginning, Spectacle launches its reader into Nathalie’s life as a morgue reporter and immediately introduces us to her visions, wherein she sees the murder from the killer’s point of view, but in reverse. This not only starts the story but forces the reader to find intrigue as to what is happening. The start of the story has Nathalie walk to the morgue, where corpses are put onto display for the public, along the way she buys a small bouquet of flowers. To the reader, this seems like she is simply mourning and respecting the dead with a common offering, but this small detail helps unlock the beginning of Nathalie’s murder mystery. From her job with Le Petit Journal, her conversations with her mentally ill aunt, her friends, Simone, Agnès, and her employer Monsieur Patenaude, every detail to Nathalie’s life adds onto the suspense of Spectacle. There are many layers to Spectacle that makes Nathalie’s life richer and the story dangerously dynamic and given the historical aspects of 1887, death is all around. From her morgue journal, her visions, the murders, Nathalie uncovers secrets about her family and who the killer is. The only downside to Spectacle is that the story may be slow as Nathalie processes the events that connect her to the murders and handles her relationships with her loved ones. Jodie Lynn Zdrok weaves a delicate mystery that leaves me stunned at every turn. Overall, while reading, it kept me on edge and wonder who the killer would be.
LaurenBooks More than 1 year ago
A story that keeps you guessing! This story is amazing! I loved every second of it! It was dark, mysterious, & kept the mind going! Just when you’d think you know what will happen next there’s a twist and it goes in a completely different direction! Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s writing is great and I really enjoyed reading her work! She created this great story with characters that were all enjoyable! The Paris setting for the novel also brings a feeling to the story!
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When I first read the synopsis for Spectacle, I was enchanted. Paris, murder mysteries, and a heroine with magic? It sounded right up my alley and a little bit like Stalking Jack the Ripper but with magical talents. I absolutely loved the descriptions of Paris. Zdrok did an excellent job of bringing the city to life and making Nathalie's Paris easy to imagine. Plus the food all sounded amazing. Overall, the atmosphere was fantastic. There's one scene in the catacombs that sent shivers down my spine. I also liked Nathalie, she was determined, persistent, and brave. There were also some great female friendships and I loved how her friends challenged her instead of just following her lead. However, the pacing in this book had major problems. It was so slow and there just wasn't enough tension to keep me interested. I think this was mostly due to the juxtaposition of the two mysteries (Nathalie discovering her powers and the murders). Separately, I would have loved them. Together, they didn't quite fit and made the two halves of the story feel disconnected. I also wasn't a huge fan of the love interest, it just felt awkward. Spectacle had an interesting premise and I do look forward to seeing more from Zdrok in the future. While there were a few things about this book that didn't quite work for me, I do think that many readers will enjoy this one. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
OpinionatedTurnip More than 1 year ago
What I Liked OKAY where do I even start?? I love historical fantasy, and this was definitely that. I also love Paris! So a historical fantasy set in Paris is like, directly up my alley. Set in Paris in the late 1800s, the setting and scenery are lusciously described--sometimes, like when we're in the morgue, this lusciousness is pretty macabre and visceral. The fantasy story of Nathalie and the Dark Artist are framed around a factual grisly murder: the Pranzini murders. Nathalie is herself a great protagonist, and her family and friends are all such great pieces of her life. And pain au chocolat is MY FAVORITE TOO!! What I Would Have Liked to See I yelled out loud at the end because I turned the page expecting more and it's not there. ARG! Give me the second book! There better be a second book. My Favorite! The magic of this Paris. I don't mean how the city is magical and has a life of its own, which is does, but I mean literally the magic system that Nathalie comes to discover over the course of the book. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it seems to be shaping up to be a new spin on a very popular form of magic I see a lot in fantasy these days. TL;DR Intrepid Parisian girl reporter gains the ability to see a murderer commit his horrible crimes, and too late she realizes that the murderer sees her, too. P.S. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodie Lynn Zdrok's SPECTACLE is enthralling from the first page and takes the reader on a twisty and turny ride until the very end! Zdrok is shaping up to be master of the page with her ability to plop the reader firmly in 19th century Paris and intense descriptions. I would highly recommend this story to anyone.
Kimberly_Gabriel More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of all kinds of thrillers. This one was so unique and captivating that I was immediately hooked. Set in Paris in 1887, Spectacle features a journalist Nathalie who is covering a morgue report when she has a vision of a young woman getting killed from the eyes of the killer. Zdrok draws the reader in from the beginning chapters and keeps the pages turning with a twisty mystery (that kept me guessing), a dark and rich setting, and just a touch of fantasy. I loved every second of this and highly recommend it as a fresh, exhilarating read!
VWEIR01 More than 1 year ago
Oh goodness how I wanted to love this book. The setting, the mystery, the supernatural...all of this is right up my alley. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't sequenced well. I found it confusing and at one point couldn't even keep all the characters straight. There are WAY too many "red herrings" to the point that you wonder why characters even bother to appear in the books at all. There are also quite a few sub plots that are never fully flushed out or just left open. The books fails to tie up lose ends and left me feeling like I missed something. I finished it but it was a slog and I kept waiting for it to pick up and live up to the potential. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen for me this time. *Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Cassy Klisch More than 1 year ago
SPECTACLE turned out to be a lot more than I’d expected. I was intrigued by the idea of a murder mystery coupled with a historical fantasy, but I had no idea how well Zdrok had pulled off the immersive world building, and intricate plot line until, of course, reading. Overall, this book was a solid four stars for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it for the reasons I’ll outline below. My main reason for docking a star was I didn’t fall head over heals in love with the story as I have my most favorite books, the climax came off as a bit underwhelming, and full cliff hanger endings are a turn off for me. I also would’ve loved Zdrok to push that creep factor just a tad more, as she already went for it, I wanted it turned up just a notch. But other than that, I truly did enjoy this story, and after struggling to connect to a lot of YA fantasy as of late, it truly was a breath of fresh air. The main reason a story holds my attention is through its characters. They don’t have to be my favorite characters, they don’t even have to be likable, but their presence in the story has to be very strong. I was to fee what they feel. Understand their thoughts, their actions and the reasons behind them. I had a clear understanding of who Nathalie was throughout the entire story. Not only that, but she was a character with agency who demanded answers, but it was also clear that everything that was happening to her terrified her. This is in part to Zdrok’s writing style as a whole. I’m typically drawn to a bit more lyrical of prose than SPECTACLE provided, but nonetheless, the writing was extremely vivid, and emotion was very well evoked through sentence structure alone. I always felt the mood through the careful choice of words, and I found my heart beating a little faster at many points in the story, which does not happen often. The way Zdrok portrayed Nathalie’s world was subtle enough to not be obvious but obvious enough that I felt immersed in it. Everything I pictured as I read took place in an 1800s France even though I’ve neber been there before. (This might be why I found it so effective, but regardless? I found it well done.) I often worry when I start a novel written in third person that I’m nt going to connect with the main character or truly get inside their head, because more often than not, I don’t find the voice to be strong enough in that point of view to bring me close enough to the characters. That was not the case for Nathalie (or Simone, her mother, or the other side characters for that matter.) Nathalie’s voice was very strong and very distinct. I understood her, as I said, throughout the entire story, and felt as if it were being told truly from her perspective with her voice despite being written in third person. I find that this is so often not the case, and I truly applaud Zdrok for pulling it off so well. In general this was a great read, and I am so appreciative for the early chance to experience this story. I’ve shared this thought with my 2000+ Twitter followers and will be posting a review to Goodreads and to my blog, which I am in the early stages of growing, but on which my previous and first book review received 18 views and 13 likes, two weeks before SPECTACLE’s release. Thank you again, and I wish Jodie the best of luck and success. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review
Kayla13 More than 1 year ago
Spectacle is a young adult murder mystery that takes place in the 1800's Paris. Beautiful young women are being brutally murdered by a serial killer who believes the way he mutilates the bodies are a work of art. Nathalie writes a morgue column for a newspaper and when the first victim is brought to the morgue and displayed, Nathalie accidentally touches the pane of the viewing area and receives a vision of how the victim was murdered. She thinks it must have been a hallucination or some type of fluke. However, when the next victim is brought in, she touches the glass again and once again receives a vision of the woman being murdered from the murderers perspective. Why is she receiving these visions and how did she receive these powers? Do others have powers or are she just an anomaly? Could these visions help solve the mystery of who is murdering these young women? The writing in this novel is fast-paced and beautiful. It left me wanting more. The world building and character development were done well. The visions were really unique to this novel, which made me love them anymore. Now, what I really want to know is if there will be a sequel due to how Spectacle ended.
RachelM27 More than 1 year ago
A perfectly paced thriller with a likable protagonist, Spectacle kept me guessing until the very last page. Set in beautiful-yet-creepy Paris, this compelling mystery starts with action in the first couple pages and leads you through a twisting and intriguing series of discoveries and revelations. The writing is lovely and literary, which sets the scene and mood, making you feel like you really are in Paris with Nathalie. The murders are gruesome and chilling, and the characters are well-drawn and engaging. Think Jack the Ripper is terrorizing Paris, and the only person who can defeat him is a young woman who is still learning how to use the weapons in her arsenal. A great ride you'll finish in one sitting!
FadedPages More than 1 year ago
3/5 Stars I have to say I liked this different paranormal YA mystery! I kept trying to guess who the killer was and what was truly going on throughout the story. The world building was good and most of it was there once Paris and the time period was mentioned. However, there were certain parts that felt overly described and made me want to fast forward the book a bit. I felt the reader was constantly being reminded the story was set in Paris through the mentioning of every known Paris attraction. This caused the pacing to be a little slow than what I'm used to in a young adult book. I felt certain characters and parts could've been cut to speed the reading along which is honestly how the story lost stars for me. My favorite parts within the story consist of the main characters, the overall story and the odd paranormal parts within the story. I really liked Nathalie and her position as a newspaper woman even if in disguise. The morgue columnist position was different as well and seeing how bodies were displayed within that time period was very intriguing. The way Nathalie slowly but surely finds out about her abilities, how she possibly came about the abilities, what was truly happening and certain story twists were definite story highlights for me! Overall, I would definitely recommend this story if you love historical fiction, paranormal mysteries, murder mysteries, Paris, girls in disguise (somewhat), minimal to no romance, and a single point of view. Thank you so much to publishers at MacMillan and TorTeen for allowing me the chance to read and review this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate it and I'm looking forward to more by this author!
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
Spectacle was very surprising at many chapters of the story because it was totally unexpected. Throughout reading the book, I was expecting the story to go in one direction but when identifying the woman murdered, the story just took another turn that totally changed the course of the plot. Our readers are in search of more mystery book and historical fiction and this is another that gets the best of both worlds. However, there were some parts that dragged for a long time making it very difficult to get through so some readers might be a little bored but when the secret is revealed it is definitely a surprise. That is why we give this book 4 stars.
bayy245 More than 1 year ago
Spectacle was a huge disappointment for me. It was super slow and I was never really connected to the characters. I did love our MC though and her decision to be a journalist in a time where women weren't allowed careers outside of the home. The mystery didn't feel connected or foreshadowed at all. When one part was solved, another three questions showed up, but they never seemed to relate to anything prior. I wanted satisfaction when I found out the killer, but instead, I was blindsided. A good mystery leaves clues that you notice later and the clues that are gone over when the mystery is solved seemed so consequential and minor. I loved the idea of the Insightfuls and the idea of manufacturing magic in people. That part of the novel never felt fully developed though. I also couldn't believe that there were so many of the magic touched people in one area. If he only did experiments on so many people before his murder, how are so many of them in the same area? The pacing was a huge problem for me too. I never felt the speed or thrill of a murder mystery. I had to put down this book because it was going nowhere. Unfortunately, when I picked it up again, it just kept dragging on. I skimmed the last 30% because I was just so bored. Some of the revelations seemed cheap to me, such as who actually killed the doctor who experimented on people. Overall, a big disappointment and a pass for me. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tor through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
thegeekishbrunette More than 1 year ago
Spectacle follows a sixteen-year-old named Nathalie Baudin who writes the morgue column for a journal in Paris. Murders start happening and she soon starts seeing visions of their murder through the eyes of the killer. She can only hope that they will be enough to help catch the person responsible before its too late. When I found out I was approved for this I literally screamed. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and needed more murder mystery in my life. This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Although it may be similar to the previous book mentioned, the author adds a dash of paranormal and magic that lures you in and gives it its own spin. From the first page you are swept into this eerie plot. There were no slow spots for me as it left me engaged and guessing the whole way through. Although I had my suspects, I wasn't expecting the outcome and its always refreshing to be surprised! Nathalie is a wonderful character that grows a lot throughout the book and really tries to find out who she is. Some of the other characters weren't as fleshed out as some but it didn't deter me from enjoying the back. One thing that stood out for me was that there was no romance. Nathalie may have liked someone but they were never together and not much was said about it and its great to find a book that doesn't need all that for a great plot. Nathalie's visions are a unique way at looking at the murders and add a more eerie feel to the book. There is some background to her visions and how it may be tied to her family but for the most part the magic (not sure what other word to use) is subtle with most other characters and hopefully there will be another book that delves more into it! Overall, this was a wonderfully fantastic read and I can't wait to see what comes next from this author! (I received a digital copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.)