Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Gift of Illusion by Richard Brown

For sixteen years, Detective Isaac Winters hasn't found peace.  He blames himself for the murder of his wife Linda.  He has raised their daughter Amy alone ever since.

His new partner, Daniel Simmons, is a bit of a green-horn, but Isaac takes him under his wing.  When a young girl dies, Isaac and Daniel are on the case.  She burned to death on her bed, there is nothing left but ashes.  All of her surroundings are untouched.  Isaac is sure the parents did it, and pursues his investigation in that direction.

However, the parents die soon after, in the same way.  Then other bodies turn up, and Isaac and Daniel are confounded.  It is surreal and nothing like they have ever seen before.  When Virginia Maples contacts Isaac, with informatino she feels may help him, he is ready for anything.

But what she reveals tests the boundaries of everything he has ever known.  And while the body count rises, it comes closer and closer to all Isaac holds dear, his daughter Amy.

The Gift of Illusion is a paranormal thriller.  I was instantly drawn to Isaac, Amy and Daniel.  Their characters are likabe, even though I would have liked to know more about Daniel and from whence he came.  Isaac carries the world on his shoulders and my heart grieved for him.  The Illusionist is horrifying and the author really adds just the right details to bring authenticity to the horrors he gifts.  The pace is steady, keeping me turning the pages until the heart-pumping end.  If you enjoy a touch of the paranormal or a great thrilling suspense, pick up The Gift of Illusion.  I can't wait to see what the author writes next!

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