The Zigzag Effect

Sage is delighted to land a holiday job at a theatre. Mostly because it will earn her the money she needs for the photography course she’s coveted since she first picked up a camera. And working for a magician should be interesting, right? Plus there’s a cute stagehand named Herb, who could make it even more interesting.

But Sage, Herb and The Great Armand’s beautiful assistant Bianca stay late at the theatre one night, and a wand gets broken…on the stage. Bianca is horrified, convinced they’ve brought a curse upon themselves. Sage and Herb dismiss her concerns as irrational superstitions — even after they are mysteriously locked in the supply cupboard. Together. Overnight.

And then things really do go wrong, at the theatre and at home. Sage must figure out who to trust, who’s hiding secrets, what’s real and what’s just clever trickery. Because when a person truly disappears, it is likely that there are more sinister elements at work than magic…


Wilkinson does a neat job of showing young girls they can have it all - mystery, romance and a life enriched by knowledge.
Dianne Dempsey, Sydney Morning Herald


I loved The Zig-Zag Effect, the characters were built really well and it kept me constantly gripped. The storyline worked really well and there were lots of plot twists that made the book really fun!

Wizard, The Guardian


Allen & Unwin