Today's review is on The Gift of Illusion by Richard Brown
The Gift of Illusion was an intricately written thriller that keeps the reader guessing "who done it?"
You find yourself instantly concerned with the main characters Issac and his daughter Amy after the very first chapter, hoping that nothing bad will come to them as the book continues. However, the book is not left without flaws.
You enter the story line as Issac's home is invaded and his wife is brutally murdered, leaving Issac to care for their newborn daughter Amy. Though he is able to kill the intruder, we never really find out why the intruder wanted to "take everything away" from Issac. There didn't seem to be enough back information on the case previously involving the perp.
Issac never really gets over the horrifying event of that night and blames himself for his wife's death, but somehow sixteen years later when a mysterious string of bizarre deaths occur he is forced to face pain he carries inside of himself.
The authors use of chapters within chapters became irritating quite quickly as I felt they were not necessary. And I never quite understood exactly what "The Gift" really was. Even the ending left me feeling flat.
2.5 of 5 stars