Fatal Illusions is a fitting title for the story within because there is more than one illusion that occurs throughout the book. Before reading Fatal Illusions, I was unfamiliar with the work Adam Blumer shares with his audience. When searching an online bookstore, I discovered he had written a book a couple of years prior titled, The Ten Plagues. I am blessed beyond words to be able to discover this authors books and share with you a part of the discovery.
At first, it seemed as if two different and unrelated stories were being told, but that sure was a deceiving aspect of the tale. There are many characters that reflect our need for God, forgiving others, walking daily with grief until God brings us through it and perhaps what might happen when a heart refuses to forgive, acknowledge God or grief.
There is a young man who definitely is the antagonist. I dont want to reveal his name because that is part of the joy in discovery. On the other side of the coin are the protagonists that include a family, a local fellowship of believers and law enforcement. I was riveted to the book as the suspense kept building along with how the author was showing the readers the reality of how hard it is to recover when hearts and spirits are broken, especially through tragedy. Some might think that Christians are immune to pain, but we arent. One character in the book sees that something is different about the family I mentioned above when they go through a time of testing.
There are threads that begin to come slowly woven together to reveal what a masterpiece work Adam Blumer has written. It touches the heart of readers, engages the mind not just because of a mystery aspect in the book but in seeing how much knowing Gods Word can speak to us when we least expect. Adam Blumer writes a compelling work of fiction that slowly pulls back the curtain of the heart or mind that can fool itself into believing what isnt truth and therefore creating an illusion.
Yes, this novel is exceptional and it would be a shame if you dont obtain a copy, enjoy it and perhaps talk about it with friends or family. Maybe even consider this a novel for a book club! All I can say is this is one out of the park story that will stay in my mind for a while!
Law enforcement authorities in the Cincinnati area are investigating the deaths of four young females murdered by strangulation with a magician's trick rope. A young man with delusions of grandeur fantasizes, practicing and honing his skills in magic, his aspiration to become the next great illusionist. In Chicago, a crazed woman is obsessed with her former pastoral counselor. False accusations and an ensuing scandal require the counselor's family to be placed on sabbatical in the North Woods of Michigan's upper peninsula until the scandal subsides. Caretaker of the grounds at a lighthouse and mansion, the counselor's family experience more than just a sabbatical.
Adam Blumer has unmistakably researched his topics and geographic locations down to the most careful details. His presentation is descriptive and dramatic, yet without gory scenes or obscenities, proof that great novels can be penned without sordid, graphic description. Numerous heightened emotions are encountered throughout this fast-paced novel, and overcome through prayer and faith, forgiveness and grace, harmoniously intertwined, creating a calming spiritual quality in the midst of adversity.
Fatal Illusions is an impressive, masterfully written suspense story containing multiple plots interwoven into an impressive, heart pounding, and unpredictable experience! This is suspense at its best, thrilling and volatile, undeniably the optimum in suspense in religious fiction. Shocking and unforeseen events come to light throughout this novel, creating a roller coaster ride to the very end.
"Fatal Illusions" is as good as it gets! Drama unfolds with an ever-increasing pace. I highly recommend this thriller of a suspense novel.
Disclaimer: For the purposes of FTC compliance, I hereby state that I have no vested financial interest in this book, and I have received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher. I received a PDF copy of this book from the author.
Haydon Owens, a wanna-be-Houdini, had made four young teenage girls, each with blonde hair, blue eyes, and wire-rimmed glasses, disappear. Wanting to change his life around and avoid police capture, he spirits himself off to a small cabin in Newberry, Michigan, where no one knows anything about him. Little did he know that he'd find another blonde, blue-eyed girl with wire-rim glasses that would enrage him.
Pastor Marc Thayer has been shot by a woman, Stacey James, who is obsessed with unrealistic romantic interludes with him, who screams that he tried to rape her. To put the media to rest and salvage the church's ministry over an alleged sex scandal, he, along with his wife, Gillian, and daughter, Crystal, is put on sabbatical up in Newberry, Michigan. Little does the Thayer family know who is out there _ watching them.
Adam Blumer starts his book, Fatal Illusions, with the murder of a young teenage girl, who feels like someone is always watching her, but she can't see anyone is the wings.
He fast forwards us four years into the midst of media frenzy over an alleged rape/possible affair that involves Pastor Marc Thayer and Stacey James. The dialogue between Pastor Marc and his church staff, as well as his wife's questioning conversations are real and relevant for the circumstances. You can feel the anguish of Gillian's mistrust of her husband's possible infidelity. The reality of a mandated sabbatical leaves all three family members in consternation, yet they are forced to move on.
From the moment that the Thayer family strikes out on their way to Newberry, the author ups the ante with fast-paced twists and turns amongst a serial killer, a rejected woman, and an unsuspecting family. Of course, most of the intense activity is set in the evening, which inflates your level of fear, as nighttime always makes the suspense more eerie and frightful, something the author plays on throughout the story line.
Tucked in between the suspense and danger, Adam throws in some romance to lower the intensity of the scenes, while keeping your mind on the killings at the edges of your mind. It's a fine-line approach that intertwines superbly.
The character that I loved the most is Crystal. Her innocence and love of music endears her to my heart. She doesn't like the upheavals in her life, but she doesn't make a scene about it.
The constant prayers of newly-involved retired FBI agent Chuck Riley, as well as the Thayers and their friends, is interspersed throughout the episodes naturally. They are constantly giving thanks and glory to the Lord in every circumstance. Yes, they definitely have doubts and anger, but they encourage one another to trust that the Lord is in control of everything that happens.
This book was provided by the author, Adam Blumer, through Susan Sleeman of The Suspense Zone, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
The thing I loved about this book was the solid,Christian heroes & heroines, showing good values and good judgement. Sad to say, it seems to be "cool" nowadays for Christian authors to focus on less than spiritual heroes. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was predtictability. I would've liked to seen a few "red herrings" or plot twists instead of it being so obvious who the bad guy was. All in all, though, an enjoyable read.