Fatal Illusions by Jeff Blumer

Title:  Fatal Illusions
Author:  Adam Blumer
Website:  http://www.adamblumerbooks.com/
Pages:  398
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5
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 author’s 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 don’t 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 aren’t.  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 God’s 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 isn’t truth and therefore creating an illusion.
Yes, this novel is exceptional and it would be a shame if you don’t 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!
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