Title: Fatal Illusions
Author: Adam Blumer
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 4.5 stars.
Marc and Gillian Thayer are a married couple with a teenage daughter. Gillian is suffering from depression as she had stillborn twins six months ago, but she has gone back to her calligraphy work as she tries to get back in to life. She still struggles with grief and it seems her husband isn’t having such a hard time with the situation. He is a counselor at a local church. One of his clients, however, becomes infatuated with him so he ceases counseling her. The client has other ideas and just knows that Marc loves her. She takes things to an extreme measure that leads Marc and his family to leave town.
While in their new home, Crystal Thayer, Marc and Gillian’s daughter, tries to get involved in the community by joining the stage crew of a local theater production. Crystal has a wonderful voice and has sung in many musicals and church events. The lead for the play becomes unable to perform, casting Crystal in the lead role. This brings her to the attention of someone. This person begins sending her emails that begin normally, but then begin to become more and more violent, scary and creepy. Gillian thinks someone is playing a joke on her so she doesn’t tell her parents. Meanwhile, another victim of the Magician Murderer is discovered, bringing Chuck Riley, homicide detective, out of retirement to try to solve the one case that has been on his mind every day for the last four years. The latest victim is very close to the Thayer home and Riley enlists Marc’s help to try to solve the murder.
Adam Blumer has written a thriller, suspense-filled story with a unique take on the killer, a magician. The story kept me turning pages as readers get caught up in the tension as the race to stop a killer takes shape. I thought the suspense angle was good, but I didn’t really like the character of Gillian until about the last third of the book. Then, she showed her strong stance on her faith and not giving up. That was so good to read! I did like that the characters, especially Crystal, Marc and Riley, showed their faith in their jobs and lives. These served as great examples of letting the world see Christ and their dependence on Him through life experiences. Another book, The Tenth Plague, written by this same author also features the Thayer family and takes place after Fatal Illusions. I am currently reading this second book and will be posting a review soon. Happy reading!!
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