Saturday, August 13, 2011
Review - Gift of Illusion
Something wicked has returned to Elmwood, and it longs to continue the study it began over a century ago. It's looking for volunteers, but few seem worthy of the gift. Isaac Winters might be the one. He's a detective with a damaged past, and something to prove. Still haunted by his wife's murder sixteen years earlier, Isaac has thought more and more about turning in his badge. Over the years, he's seen the worst mankind has to offer. Until now. A strange fire has consumed the life of a young girl. But she won't be the last. There are no witnesses and no evidence except a small stone figurine, a gateway to the past. Accompanied by a partner with questionable experience, Isaac must discover and defeat this faceless villain before it takes from him the greatest reminder of his dead wife. Their daughter.
A paranormal thriller along the likes of Stephen King, Peter Straub and Dean Koontz. If you like any of their works you will not want to miss this one. Richard Brown has really shown that there is good new paranormal thrillers coming out.
His characters are interesting and you are pulled into the story from the beginning. And it turns into a roller coaster ride that doesnt let you off until you reach the end of the line.
You have the detective that is haunted by his past with a daughter he will do anything to keep safe. You have the innocent little girl that starts it all by finding what seems to be a unremarkable object. You have the secondary detective that is searching for a meaning to his life and career. You have the writer/researcher who has the clues to the entire mystery. And finally you have the evil magician and the house that has lain in wait for his return.
Add all of that together and you get a suspenseful story that you wont want to put down until you finish.