Illusion by Frank Peretti
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New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti returns to the genre that made him a household name with a rich, rewarding mystery that is destined to become a classic!

After a car wreck tragically claims the life of his wife and magic partner, Mandy, Dane Collins finds himself in a quaint coffee shop transfixed by a magician whose illusions even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. Even more mysterious is the performer herself. Nineteen-year-old Mandy 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 met and married some forty years earlier. They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but as Dane tries to figure out who Mandy really is, and she to understand why she is mysteriously drawn to him, she is being watched by those who not only possess all the answers but who also have the power to decide her fate.

About Frank Peretti

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Frank Peretti is the author of This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness, The Oath, and many more. There are more than 12 million copies of his novels in print. He lives with his wife in the western United States.
Published March 6, 2012 by Howard Books. 514 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, poor Dane Collins is stumbling through life thinking that Mandy is dead, their own private Idaho (“they still returned simply because it was Idaho and Mandy loved Idaho”) empty without her.

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Though she calls herself Eloise, she resembles the Mandy whom Dane met 40 years before, and it’s making him crazy.

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Their love proves that love conquers evil.

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Mandy’s confusion turned to fear when the hospital nurse examined her and then ordered a CAT scan when Mandy didn’t know what a computer was and instead asked, “…What’s a cat skin?” Add a tragic car accident, scientific experimentation, fountain of youth, dimensional time travel, doppelgangers a...

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Book Reporter

It is a chaste inspirational with many magic acts and stage experiences appearing throughout the book, which are really quite wondrous and reveal tricks of the trade as well as some mysteries surrounding truly great performances."

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Discovering the experiment, he convinces Eloise that she truly is Mandy and comes up with a plan to reverse the tangled threads of the time space continuum in order to bring her back to the age she was at the time of the accident.

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The Christian Manifesto

From moral dilemmas to tight suspense to a beautiful depiction of love, this novel is outstanding, capturing the reader and making them feel a part of the story.

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Illusion: A Novel

Illusion is an apt title for the latest thriller from storyteller Frank Peretti.

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