Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti

Posted March 31, 2012 by Melissa in Uncategorized | 3 Comments




Title:  Illusion
Author:  Frank Peretti
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Christian Fiction/SciFi
Size: Hard Cover, 512 pages
Release Date:  March 6th 2012
Publisher: Howard Books
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARE from Publicist in exchange for an honest review

First Line:  “Mandy was gone. She went quietly, her body still, though the raging pain of the burns could only have been eased by her loss of consciousness.”*

Summary (from GoodReads):

Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.

Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who 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 first met and married some forty years earlier.

They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.

My Thoughts:

When the chance presented itself to read Frank Peretti’s new novel I jumped at it.  I hadn’t read anything of his since middle school when I fell in love with his books This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness . Illusion did not disappoint.  It is a mind bending tale of love and loss, of hope and faith, and of man’s unending desire to play at being god.

The characters and their back story are incredibly well fleshed out….so much so that it is impossible not to feel for their present situation. The secondary characters also each got a bit of their own tale…although I wish that we had gotten to know the motivations behind the villains a bit more.  On the whole though,  I almost felt like there was a little too much descriptiveness and detail (and I almost never say that) but there were definite points where the novel did feel as if it dragged a bit.

I tried my best not to get bogged down in the technical/sci-fi conundrums of the time/space issues inherent in this kind of story.  I think that Peretti did a great job of giving us more than enough detail to make it all seem “possible” and at that point it is our job to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story telling.

I was captivated by the “unconventional” love story and the unbelievable mystery throughout and could not help myself from rooting for Dane & Eloise despite the uncertainty and oddness of their situation.  The conclusion of the novel was both spellbinding in it’s beauty and grandeur (Indeed it was a “Grand Illusion” ) and left me immensely satisfied.

Was it worth my Time?

*Quote taken from an Advance Reader’s Edition and is subject to change.


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3 responses to “Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti

  1. This sounds like a fantastic read! Your enthusiasm makes me interested in it. I’m always glad to drop by your blog because inevitably I find a really great book waiting just for me!

  2. It sounds intriguing. The time travel aspect and then the couple re-connecting. Thanks for giving us such a clear outline of what to expect.

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