Thursday, March 22, 2012

Illusion by Frank Peretti

Dane and Mandy Collins were a famous magic act for forty years before they decided to retire to a quiet life on their ranch. But on their way home, they are in a car wreck that takes Mandy’s life. Dane is devastated and after the funeral tries to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. But one day while in town, Dane runs into a girl who has an uncanny resemblance to Mandy. Dane takes the girl, an aspiring magician, under his wing. But as many more similarities between the girl and Mandy emerge, Dane begins to wonder what is really going on.

This is Frank Peretti’s highly anticipated first book in six years, and he doesn’t disappoint. His in-depth and enthralling writing style is immediately apparent as we go deep into the lives of the two main characters and try to figure out what is going on in this story. Peretti does a great job describing the rather complicated story line and made me want to keep reading. While it did suffer from a somewhat slow start, the pace picked up quickly and led to a quite satisfying conclusion. While the story doesn’t have the obvious spiritual overtones of his most popular stories, there is a wonderful underlying theme of God’s love. For all those who have enjoyed Peretti’s previous works, I have good news: Frank is back!

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