Illusion by Frank Peretti – A stunning new thriller from the father of Christian fiction —a grieving husband encounters a teen identical to his dead wife in face. Some novelists resist allegory, but Peretti (Monster) embraces it. Illusion. Frank Peretti. Howard, $ (p) ISBN Illusion. Frank Peretti. BookPage review by Sandy Amazeen. Web Exclusive – March 09, Christian novelist Frank Peretti, author of This Present Darkness, .

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In Illusion, he tackles the discoveries franm science and the possibilities that will come from that. The moment passed, not in minutes but in breaths, thoughts, memories, wrenchings in his soul, until somewhere in his mind, just slightly removed from the visions, the soul pain, the hospital smells, and the painkillers, he took hold of what he already knew.

Illusion by Frank E. Peretti

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.

I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. We got t I saw this book on Goodreads and thought the synopsis sounded interesting: How can this possibly be happening, and why are their paths crossing as Dane is 60 years old?

Illusion is the first novel I ever wrote a review for after reading less than pages. Refresh and try again. For the non-Christians, I think they will be able to read the novel without really noticing the Christian influence well other than the fact that there’s no blasphemy and a belief in God is accepted and not presented as somehow backward.

I wish the author had just maintained the two main view points of Mandy and Dane. Thankfully, midway the author throws you the instructions and then you can begin to make heads and tails of the strange events.

A magician Dane Collins loses his wife, and a young girl Eloise Kramer awakes to find herself transported forty years into the future. If you like a good sci-fi book then you should check this one out. Upon walking toward that scene, she realizes that no one can see her and she slips quietly out of the hospital. Meanwhile, Mandy awakens as a year-old ineven though she was born in A combination of suspense, magic and romance, Frank Peretti could have ended this novel any number of ways and I am so thrilled he chose the ending he did.


Remember, this book is pages. The time machine concept, I liked. Mandy perishes at the local hospital. How could He change her so instantly from what she was—the woman, the saint, his lover with the laughing eyes, wacky humor, and wisdom of years—to what Dane had just seen perish on a bloodied gurney behind a curtain, sustained by tubes, monitors, machines?

As Dane tries to understand how his life will go on without Mandy in it, she miraculously pertti at a county fair only now she is nineteen. The people are different, some of the buildings are different, and she is now in a hospital gown in front of them all.

As is usually the case for Peretti, you have to read carefully to keep track of everything, but ftank what we’ve come to expect from him. But with that said, I can’t say it was an incredibly impactful story or incredibly written.

She is busy taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the fair with her two friends. I was introduced to him at the beginning of my high illusioh career, at a time when I fraank have given up on reading. I have been waiting —sometimes patiently and sometimes not – for his next book.

I think this one will gain him new fans as well. I even teared up when I got to the end of the book and realized it was over. The two are headed to Couer d’ Alene, Idaho to retire on their new ranch.

Forgive the wordiness here, but I found this book to be a very special one. It was only now that Dane fully recognized he was here.


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For 40 years, Dane and Mandy Collins shared a deep love as well as a magic act—until Mandy was killed in a car crash. It has a very complicated plot, so heads up when you read this one.

Aside from Dane and Mandy, they’re all cardboard flat. If that had been an isolated occurrence, it probably would have been acceptable, but similar things happen again and again.


She grabs a quick bite to eat before the magic show starts on the main stage. It may be written by the ‘father of Christian fiction’, but this is by no means a preachy, religious book. I enjoyed it much iplusion than I expected to, which was a wonderful surprise. Even frxnk Dane mourns, Mandy awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in Even if you are not a Peretti fa Frank Peretti is arguably my favorite writer.

But this one was really good, and not creepy like This Present Darkness. I can confidently say drank this is my favourite Frank Peretti book to date, a book that I not only found entertaining, but one that will long stay with me as I ponder the symbolism embedded in its pages.

You face the mountain of information dumped in front of you, and then you start trying to piece it all together. May 08, T. Well, this was definitely a different kind of read from Peretti. View all 7 comments. While held at the facility, Mandy discovers some very unusual powers, including one that enables her to fran out of the building undetected. I had an academic dislike of it for the reasons I’ve mentioned. Coming from a Christian author, I expected a much more profound message.