The Gift of Illusion: A Thriller


A gateway to the past has opened. Something has come through.

Something ... with the gift of illusion.

Welcome to Elmwood, where secrets don't stay buried. No need to worry though. Our detectives are working around the clock to make sure you're as safe as can be.

While you're here, be sure to visit the big ...

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A gateway to the past has opened. Something has come through.

Something ... with the gift of illusion.

Welcome to Elmwood, where secrets don't stay buried. No need to worry though. Our detectives are working around the clock to make sure you're as safe as can be.

While you're here, be sure to visit the big house on the hill at the end of Maria Avenue. It's just past the abandoned church, hidden within the dark forest. You can't miss it.

Lucius is expecting you.

Take the tour. Watch the show. Just whatever you do, don't go down below.

The ghosts of the long dead don't take too kindly to visitors.

We hope you enjoy your stay here in Elmwood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461147329
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Thriller and paranormal!!!

    Review by Karen:
    There are some weird things happening in Elmwood. Detective Isaac Winters is assigned to investigate and just when he thinks he knows who the guilty party is, that person goes missing.

    When finally found, the manner of death was bizarre, adding more mystery. The tension increases when Isaac's daughter, Amy, is taken and continues to escalate as Isaac learns more about what is happening. Will Isaac be able to find his daughter in time? Can evil be defeated? This is a story that will keep you turning the pages, wondering what will happen next - and to whom.

    The Gift of Illusion: A Thriller is skillfully crafted and grabs on to you and holds your attention right to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (looking forward to reading it again!).

    Richard Brown has been added to my list of authors to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers blended with the paranormal.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Emotional...bad guy is evil to the core.

    My thoughts:
    I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are interesting and the plot is chilling. I found two underlying ideas: that people are willing to let their humanity fall by the wayside and can be ruled by emotions that they are either unwilling or unable to understand or sometimes even look closely at.
    The story flows smoothly. One constant is that all of the characters in the book appear to be driven by emotions. Isaac is driven by guilt over the murder of his wife, the need to protect his daughter, and the desire to solve this case and save as many innocents as possible. Amy, the daughter, finally finds peace where there had always been emptiness in terms of her mother, while attempting to convince her father that he is not to blame and a great parent. Lucius is driven by his twisted evil and desire to control life and death, even from the grave. Simmons is driven by the need to prove himself. Virginia appears to be driven by her need to help. I love the twist in the dungeon, which I won't explain in fear of spoiler.
    This is a tale of twisted evil that could only be perpetrated by man and leaves you wondering about what you would do to save those you loved the most.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Great story

    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.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Interesting Idea But a Little Lacking

    Isaac Winters is a troubled man. Sixteen years prior, a man broke into his house, shot him in the chest and his wife four times in the chest. Luckily Isaac was able to stop the gunman before he finished the job on Isaac's daughter, Amy. Now Isaac is a detective that is looking into the strange case. A little girl was found burned in her bed, but it is a strange burning with no accelerant and part of a foot left intact. It resembles photographs of spontaneous human combustion. Then the mother is found later in the day at a local motel in the same condition. Afterwards a traffic accident is reported where a semi and the father hit a stopped car and kill a couple police officers. The father is found burnt too. Just as Isaac is starting to feel confused, a local author contacts him with some strange information that he has to read. Virginia wrote The Immortal, about a local illusionist that performed horrific shows and kept people, that he tortured, locked in cells below his house. Somehow his spirit is causing the burned bodies. In the mean time, Amy is then kidnapped. Now Isaac, his partner Simmons, and Virginia are on a race against time to find Amy and destroy the illusionist's spirit. I admit that I was a little lost at the beginning of the book. The story started out with a bang then kind of wandered around from there until Virginia showed up and pointed it in the right direction. The story also hinted at why the illusionist was doing the things he was but didn't really finish that though. Don't get me wrong. I did like the book and thought it was worth the read. I received this book from Bewitching Book Tours for review.

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