Aug 222011

The Gift of Illusion: A Thriller by Richard Brown
Rating: 3/5
Source: Review copy for book tour with Bewitching Book Tours
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Isaac is a police detective haunted by the murder of his wife sixteen years ago. When he catches a mysterious case involving a little girl who burned to death, things get serious. Isaac must figure out what evil is destroying lives before it takes the one he considers most precious: his daughter.

This was not really what I expected, but it was enjoyable in a sad and scary sort of way. The story opens with the story of the death of Isaac’s wife. It is easy to see why Isaac is haunted by it. It’s a heartbreaking story.

The story then jumps to Lori, a little girl who is being bullied at school. Her story is also heartbreaking. The worse part is that she is going through it alone. Then comes evil, and poor Lori’s death.

I found Isaac’s character to be one of the only fully developed ones in the book. Everyone else is secondary, and seemed to easily fade into the background. Even the villain, who I can only describe as evil, pales in comparison. I think that is mostly because the villain doesn’t have a real identity until near the end, he is more like a case of demonic possession.

Overall, this was an intriguing horror story. I wouldn’t suggest reading it at night by yourself, but it is enjoyable.

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