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An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands.The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But tAn amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands.The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon's next act.Time is running out and already the killer has spotted his next victim. Who will escape alive?"Fatal Illusions is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Highly recommended!"--Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman"An awesome ride!"--Rosey Dow, Christy Award winning author of Reaping the Whirlwind"Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing."--Rick Acker, author of Blood BrothersWatch the book trailer in the Kregel.com video library - www.kregel.com/video...

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ISBN : 9780825420986
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Number of Pages : 395 Pages
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Fatal Illusions Reviews

  • Lois
    2019-03-09 06:00

    Thrilling and wonderful.How can a murder mystery be wonderful? When it shares God's message of forgiveness and redemption. A trying and complex story that brings tears to your eyes.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-05 11:31

    Title: Fatal IllusionsAuthor: Adam BlumerWebsite: http://www.adamblumerbooks.com/Pages: 398Year: 2015Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the CarolinasMy rating is 5+ stars out of 5Fatal Illusions is a fitting title for the story within because there is more than one illusion that occurs throughout the book. Before reading Fatal Illusions, I was unfamiliar with the work Adam Blumer shares with his audience. When searching an online bookstore, I discovered he had written a book a couple of years prior titled, The Ten Plagues. I am blessed beyond words to be able to discover this author’s books and share with you a part of the discovery.At first, it seemed as if two different and unrelated stories were being told, but that sure was a deceiving aspect of the tale. There are many characters that reflect our need for God, forgiving others, walking daily with grief until God brings us through it and perhaps what might happen when a heart refuses to forgive, acknowledge God or grief.There is a young man who definitely is the antagonist. I don’t want to reveal his name because that is part of the joy in discovery. On the other side of the coin are the protagonists that include a family, a local fellowship of believers and law enforcement. I was riveted to the book as the suspense kept building along with how the author was showing the readers the reality of how hard it is to recover when hearts and spirits are broken, especially through tragedy. Some might think that Christians are immune to pain, but we aren’t. One character in the book sees that something is different about the family I mentioned above when they go through a time of testing.There are threads that begin to come slowly woven together to reveal what a masterpiece work Adam Blumer has written. It touches the heart of readers, engages the mind not just because of a mystery aspect in the book but in seeing how much knowing God’s Word can speak to us when we least expect. Adam Blumer writes a compelling work of fiction that slowly pulls back the curtain of the heart or mind that can fool itself into believing what isn’t truth and therefore creating an illusion.Yes, this novel is exceptional and it would be a shame if you don’t obtain a copy, enjoy it and perhaps talk about it with friends or family. Maybe even consider this a novel for a book club! All I can say is this is one out of the park story that will stay in my mind for a while!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Sally Bradley
    2019-03-20 11:59

    Fatal Illusions is one of those thick, meaty novels we don't see a lot of anymore. This first book from novelist and editor Adam Blumer was hard to put down. The plot lines and characters were well-developed and intriguing. As a pastor's wife, I found Marc and Gillian very believable, even down to the struggles of pastoring in the Chicago area.What I think I enjoyed the most in the book was the different plot lines that linked together. Blumer did a good job of keeping the plot lines fast-paced and interesting, even before they all merged into the main conflict.Fatal Illusions is a great first offering, and I certainly hope there will be many more books coming from this new author.

  • Darren
    2019-03-13 09:55

    I enjoyed reading this book. I hope to read more books by this author. It was so good that I read it in less than a day.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-03-07 08:36

    Cincinnati, OH. Newberry, MI. Ms. Erin Walker (hairdresser, babysitter) was taking Daphne Spenser (1st. grader), & Thomas Spenser (1st. grader) to the Bridgetown Elementary school for evening Winnie the Pooh musical presentation.Gillian Thayer (wife/mother, Thayer Calligraphy), got Crystal Thayer (16, Gillian’s daughter) off to school.She was about to take Pastor Marc Thayer’s (husband/father) suits to the cleaner, when she just happened to check 1 of his inside pockets. Heritage Bible Church. Dave Ritchie (youth pastor Marc’s BMF) did his best to contain Stacey James (church member). She was quite upset with Marc. Chuck “Preacher” Riley’s (retired Cincinnati PD Homicide Detective) going away party did not turn out well. 23 Green Meadows Blvd. Marc called 911, someone had killed the family dog Max, & the house was in total disarray. Detective Riley, Detective Jerry O’Hearn (Chuck’s BMF/former Cincinnati PD Homicide, partner), & Cliff Henry (forensic pathologist), were at the Amanda Forbes crime scene. The media had coined the serial killer the Magician Murderer.What were Maralee Pochek & Stacey (Maralee’s BFF) discussing? Marc is still alive but now at the Stroger Hospital ER.After being released from the hospital the Thayer family moved to MI. Whistler’s Point, MI. (Lake Superior). Nicole Wood (tour guide) welcomed them. Henry Henderson (uncle, caretaker), & Clara Henderson (aunt, caretaker) were glad to see them also. What news did Sheriff Nate Dendridge (Luce County) have for Marc & Gillian?Ohio Reformatory for Women prison. Why did Detective Riley go see Virginia “Ginny” Owens (widow, mother)? Will the Magician Murderer be caught & brought to justice?Warning: This book contains graphic adult content, or violence, which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a large set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. Religious oriented. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Braxton DeGarmo
    2019-03-14 11:40

    Adam Blumer's book is a well-crafted suspense with a strong Christian message that's aimed at the Christian market. He has done an excellent job of weaving several plot lines together to form a great story that is mixed with interesting bits of history, quaint locale, and modern technology. However, there were aspects of the novel that made the story predictable, and in some areas the Christian message really slowed the pacing of the story. Also, as a physician, I found the medical aspects of the book lacking. Very few, if any, people get shot in the upper chest and go back to work in two weeks, much less function normally at that point, as the main character appears to do.

  • Denise
    2019-03-11 12:33

    Great Christian SuspenseThis was the first novel by this author and the first I've read by this author also. It was a great novel. I really liked the suspense in the story. I also liked the different characters in the story. It was a page turner for sure and I look forward to more by this author.

  • Vickie Jameson
    2019-03-10 06:46

    Fatal Illusions by Adam Blumer is a fast-paced thriller. It kept my interest from the very first page. The characters were believable and the story flowed very well. It has elements of faith, intrigue, suspense, romance and family. I hope to read more books by this author.

  • Bonnie Ainsworth
    2019-03-13 05:45

    Fatal IllusionsThis is a great book again for those who like a great mystery with a story of grief, forgiveness, and restoration. I hope to read more from this author.

  • Laura
    2019-03-21 06:44

    Haydon Owens, a wanna-be-Houdini, had made four young teenage girls, each with blonde hair, blue eyes, and wire-rimmed glasses, disappear. Wanting to change his life around and avoid police capture, he spirits himself off to a small cabin in Newberry, Michigan, where no one knows anything about him. Little did he know that he’d find another blonde, blue-eyed girl with wire-rim glasses that would enrage him.Pastor Marc Thayer has been shot by a woman, Stacey James, who is obsessed with unrealistic romantic interludes with him, who screams that he tried to rape her. To put the media to rest and salvage the church’s ministry over an alleged sex scandal, he, along with his wife, Gillian, and daughter, Crystal, is put on sabbatical up in Newberry, Michigan. Little does the Thayer family know who is out there … watching them.Adam Blumer starts his book, Fatal Illusions, with the murder of a young teenage girl, who feels like someone is always watching her, but she can’t see anyone is the wings.He fast forwards us four years into the midst of media frenzy over an alleged rape/possible affair that involves Pastor Marc Thayer and Stacey James. The dialogue between Pastor Marc and his church staff, as well as his wife’s questioning conversations are real and relevant for the circumstances. You can feel the anguish of Gillian’s mistrust of her husband’s possible infidelity. The reality of a mandated sabbatical leaves all three family members in consternation, yet they are forced to move on.From the moment that the Thayer family strikes out on their way to Newberry, the author ups the ante with fast-paced twists and turns amongst a serial killer, a rejected woman, and an unsuspecting family. Of course, most of the intense activity is set in the evening, which inflates your level of fear, as nighttime always makes the suspense more eerie and frightful, something the author plays on throughout the story line.Tucked in between the suspense and danger, Adam throws in some romance to lower the intensity of the scenes, while keeping your mind on the killings at the edges of your mind. It’s a fine-line approach that intertwines superbly.The character that I loved the most is Crystal. Her innocence and love of music endears her to my heart. She doesn’t like the upheavals in her life, but she doesn’t make a scene about it.The constant prayers of newly-involved retired FBI agent Chuck Riley, as well as the Thayers and their friends, is interspersed throughout the episodes naturally. They are constantly giving thanks and glory to the Lord in every circumstance. Yes, they definitely have doubts and anger, but they encourage one another to trust that the Lord is in control of everything that happens.This book was provided by the author, Adam Blumer, through Susan Sleeman of The Suspense Zone, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

  • Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
    2019-02-28 11:42

    Marc and Gillian were a couple in crisis - though at first they did not seem to realize this. Marc was an assistant pastor and one of his duties was Christian counseling. Stacey, on of his parishioners, had been coming to counseling as she said she was trying to reconcile with her husband. Marc felt that she was developing a crush on him, so had a female staffer take over her counseling. Stacey continued to call him and send him e-mails, which Marc tried to ignore. Gillian had given birth to stillborn twins six months ago. She was still grieving, visiting their graves and writing them letters. Neither confided in the other the obstacles they were up against.On the day that Stacey's feelings got out of hand, Gillian finds a love letter that she had written to Marc, hinting at an affair. Before Gillian can confront him about it, Stacey shows up at their house and shoots Marc in the chest, accusing him of attempted rape as she runs from his home. Fortunately, he survives, but he and Gill are further apart than ever.Together, accompanied by their 16-year-old daughter Crystal, they take a sabbatical to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in hopes that the media circle will die down in their absence. Little do they know that they are moving to the same remote area as the Magician Murderer, a serial killer who has killed 4 girls in Cincinnati. Girls that all resemble their daughter Crystal.This book was hard for me to put down. You are instantly immersed in the murders and through them begin to know Detective Riley. A veteran cop and a Christian who is on the brink of retirement. But he can't seem to let go of this case. Between the loss of the babies, Marc's shooting and Stacey, Marc and Gillian have lost faith in each other and where is their faith in God? You cheer them on that they will somehow be able to see how the other is hurting and open up to the love they once had for each other and the love that God still has for them.There are a lot of twists in this book, but the way it came together in the end was very believable! As everyone begins to close in on the killer, I found myself urging them on - trying to tell them how close they were. I also loved the way it brought everything around to believing and trusting in God. I highly recommend this book!

  • Janet Sketchley
    2019-03-24 10:40

    In Cincinnati, a serial killer targets fair-haired teen girls with wire-rimmed glasses. After four years, the detective most invested in the case, Chuck Riley, has to retire and leave it un-solved.In Chicago, Gillian Thayer can’t get past her grief over losing her unborn twins after years of fertility treatments. Her husband, Marc, is a busy pastor who’s never around. Her only daughter, Crystal, is 16 and beginning to move outside Gillian’s protective reach. Crystal, as it happens, has fair hair and new wire-rimmed glasses.When Marc is involved in a scandal, his church asks him to take a leave of absence until the fuss dies down. They find him temporary work at a historic lighthouse in Whistler’s Point, on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan.The Thayers haven’t even heard of the Magician Murderer. And nobody has any idea that the killer has relocated to Whistler’s Point.Fatal Illusions is compelling suspense that includes snippets from the killer’s point of view without becoming too graphic. At the same time, it’s character-oriented, and those characters are people we can root for (or at least root for them to change, in a couple of cases).The Thayers are Bible-believing Christians, but they deal with ongoing human weaknesses. A bonus for me was seeing how they try to apply their faith to their struggles, and how in their better moments they realize there’s more at stake than their particular circumstances. At times both Gillian and Crystal stop to ponder what God might want to do or say through them to the people they’re with.The faith element is not heavy-handed, but it gives an encouraging example to believing readers who, like the Thayers, are still learning to fully live by faith.Fatal Illusions is Adam Blumer’s first novel. His second, The Tenth Plague, also features Marc and Gillian Thayer. For more about the author and his books, visit adamblumerbooks.com.http://www.adamblumerbooks.com/books/...[Review copy from my personal library.]

  • Nancee
    2019-03-23 07:39

    Law enforcement authorities in the Cincinnati area are investigating the deaths of four young females murdered by strangulation with a magician's trick rope. A young man with delusions of grandeur fantasizes, practicing and honing his skills in magic, his aspiration to become the next great illusionist. In Chicago, a crazed woman is obsessed with her former pastoral counselor. False accusations and an ensuing scandal require the counselor's family to be placed on sabbatical in the North Woods of Michigan's upper peninsula until the scandal subsides. Caretaker of the grounds at a lighthouse and mansion, the counselor's family experience more than just a sabbatical. Adam Blumer has unmistakably researched his topics and geographic locations down to the most careful details. His presentation is descriptive and dramatic, yet without gory scenes or obscenities, proof that great novels can be penned without sordid, graphic description. Numerous heightened emotions are encountered throughout this fast-paced novel, and overcome through prayer and faith, forgiveness and grace, harmoniously intertwined, creating a calming spiritual quality in the midst of adversity.Fatal Illusions is an impressive, masterfully written suspense story containing multiple plots interwoven into an impressive, heart pounding, and unpredictable experience! This is suspense at its best, thrilling and volatile, undeniably the optimum in suspense in religious fiction. Shocking and unforeseen events come to light throughout this novel, creating a roller coaster ride to the very end. "Fatal Illusions" is as good as it gets! Drama unfolds with an ever-increasing pace. I highly recommend this thriller of a suspense novel.

  • Tess
    2019-02-27 08:52

    I won this book through Goodreads giveaways. Not really my taste, but was suspenseful enough. The Christian overtones are impossible to miss, so if frequent biblical allusions and verses aren't your thing I would pass.

  • Janna
    2019-02-24 12:43

    Mystery and suspense, murder, attempted murder and a serial killer. This book is packed with an excellent storyline that kept me on edge as I flipped the pages. Though I figured out who-dun-it early on (to a certain extent I think I was supposed to) the writing style was so well done that I held my breath to the end. The past wraps around to the present as we realize that nothing should be overlooked. There is a lot going on in this book - a pastor and his wife that aren't as close as they used to be, pastor is accused of rape and his wife is in mourning over her still born babies... wedges are driven between them and they are asked to take a sabbatical from the church til everything blows over. In the meantime in another state, a detective is getting ready to retire, but he hasn't been able to retire the case that has been under his skin for years - a serial killer who murders thin blonds with wire rimmed glasses. When things converge at a lighthouse in Michigan all heck breaks lose... pastor is accused of murder, his daughter is being hunted by the killer, mom is trying to hold it all together. Well written and suspenseful - I enjoyed every moment of this book!

  • Marta hoelscher
    2019-03-01 07:31

    This book is magnificent! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I'm definitely a new member of the Adam Blumer fan club. The book had a lot of action that never quite let up. Even at almost 400 pages I read this in a day and a half. The book never seems to slow down, so it's a quick read. One of the great things about this book was that it was a Christian murder mystery. Typically in this genre you get a certain amount of cussing or sex scenes. You get none of that here, just non stop action. This book also through some twists at me that I wasn't expecting, and believe me I'm not easily surprised by plot twists anymore. I'd put Fatal Illusions up against a James Patterson novel any day...it's that good! I'm definitely recommending this to anyone who likes a fast paced thrill ride of a book.

  • Liz Lovelace
    2019-03-11 08:54

    If you enjoy reading books with lots of details, twists and turns, and intertwining plot lines you'll love this book. Adam Blumer does a great job at exactly describing places, characters and situations. The suspense hooks you in and you'll find you can't put the book down.I enjoy the realness of his characters. Their struggle with problems and hardships is something that anyone could relate to, but the Christian characters' dependence on God is refreshing.Excellent use of Biblical truth without being too preachy. God's grace is prevalent in the characters' lives.

  • Brandon Augustus
    2019-03-05 05:42

    This Christian mystery book is probably one of my favorite mystery books ever. I love how the author gets you inside each character's head. It is very interesting how you both hate and begin to pity the murderer as you start to understand his motives. The book starts out as three seemingly unrelated stories but merges into one as the book goes by. Very suspenseful, it kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • J.L. Rallios
    2019-03-20 12:58

    What an excellent Christian thriller! I enjoyed the story, was riveted by the suspense, and cared for Marc and his family. While painting how evil the psychotic killer was, Mr. Blumer didn't try to make the reader hate him; instead, he showed how far unforgiveness can twist someone and the tragedy that it can lead to.

  • Deb Brammer
    2019-02-21 11:51

    This is a fast-paced suspense novel from a conservative Christian author. In this debut novel Adam shows good mastery of fiction techniques. I read this book several years ago and would recommend it and it's sequel, The Tenth Plague, to those who love good suspense with consistently Christian characters.

  • rob
    2019-02-28 04:33

    Good bookI think the book is pretty good..there are a lot of twists and turns that kept you on your seat. I think it was good plot and probably could have been written a little better. But it is a good book overall with characters having real life issues and you seeing the power of God intervening in lives and hearts.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-21 11:41

    I liked the connection to Wisconsin. Adam's book was a little hard to follow, so I'm glad to have read the blurb to put me into perspective, because the introduction was confusing until you meet the bad guy well into the story. The church the family went to was a bit more over the top than I cared for, so that made me hesitate to really like them.Nice setting. Loved the lighthouse.

  • Bette
    2019-03-21 10:35

    Suspenseful Good story with many unexpected plot turns and twists. Very believable. I loved how the Gospel and Gods grace was woven through the lives in the story and not tacked on. Good understanding of ministry and human interaction. The very ending was a little nerve-wracking with so much drama and suspense. Good read.

  • Joan Anderson
    2019-03-22 04:30

    This book was great. I liked how it was based in Michigan, and that it kept me engrossed until the last page.. I can't wait till the next book(s) come out... I live mystery and thriller books and this did not disappoint me!!

  • Melissa Rushing
    2019-03-12 08:41

    Really great book.I recommend this book to anybody who love books with a lot of suspense, mystery and a very interesting plot and believable characters. I loved this book from the beginning to the end.

  • Heather Gilbert
    2019-03-22 06:40

    Well-crafted suspense with some surprises I didn't see coming! Vivid setting with a lighthouse I could easily visualize (upper MI peninsula). Can't wait to follow Marc, Gillian, and Crystal Thayer's story in Blumer's next book, THE TENTH PLAGUE.

  • Desiree
    2019-02-25 09:50

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an engrossing, quick read with refreshing, Christian characters and messages. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a clean, suspenseful book.

  • Lavenia Otts
    2019-03-21 11:34

    Bitterly disappointedThis is how the story ended? I am so disappointed I can hardly express my feelings. Everything is unresolved, especially all the issues with "the Magician", I do not recommend this book,

  • Roger
    2019-03-23 12:43

    Incredible! Seldom have I read a Christian suspense novel as well written as this one! Typically the suspense is watered down for the message or the message is watered down for the mystery/suspense. Adam Blumer ranks up there with Karen Kingsbury as an incredible Christian Suspense author.

  • Macy Schimmel
    2019-03-19 06:30

    Scary