The New York Times bestselling author of This Present Darkness and “master storyteller” (Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling author) crafts a stunning thriller about a grieving husband who encounters a mysterious teen identical to his dead wife. Is this magic at work or something darker?
After a car wreck tragically claims the life of his wife and magic partner, Mandy, Dane Collins finds himself in a quaint coffee shop transfixed by a magician whose illusions even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. Even more mysterious is the performer herself.
Nineteen-year-old Mandy has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he met and married some forty years earlier. They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but as Dane tries to figure out who Mandy really is, the two have no idea that she is being watched by those who not only possess all the answers but who also have the power to decide her fate.
Some novelists resist allegory, but Peretti (Monster) embraces it. When Mandy dies in a car accident, Dane, her husband of 40 years and illusionist partner, must carry on without her. But is he really without her? Mandy awakens from the accident in the present, but as a 19-year-old who thinks it's 1970. The two soon meet as Mandy is experimenting with some new magical powers and trying to figure out just who is behind this grand illusion. Though she calls herself Eloise, she resembles the Mandy whom Dane met 40 years before, and it's making him crazy. Meanwhile Mandy wonders if she is certifiably crazy herself, but she is soon confronted by dark figures who know why she came back and what could become of her. Peretti captures the irony of how two magicians get caught in a greater illusion than they've ever created themselves.
I have enjoyed everything I have read from Frank Peretti to date. Everytime I would try to put it down, my curiosity about what would happen next kept me turning the pages. My husband gave it to me after work on Wednesday and I was finished with it by Thursday evening (and I didn't read it at work). Although listed as Christian fiction, it was not at all preachy, just really, really good reading with no bad language.
Truly enjoyed this magical adventure! Through the many twists and turns, two love stories overlap. One couples quest to find each other, and our search for the ultimate love of our heavenly Father. Wonder and awe throughout each page will cause you to devour this book in search of the truth behind the illusion. Happy reading!!
The Illusion by Frank Peretti
Love this book. All his series are great