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.
Frank Peretti will always hold a special place in my heart, his book This Present Darkness touched my husband so much he soon became a Christian soon after. This is why I am such a believer in Christian fiction. Peretti writes like very few authors can, he is a master storyteller of complicated subjects leaving readers feeling like they are part of the story. I found I could not put Illusion down, until I was over half done. But I do have to admit, it lost a bit of my interest towards the end of the book. Maybe because after I figured out what was going to happen I was not as captivated. You have to be a lover of strange fiction to enjoy Peretti (which I am!). He takes the strange and unusual and makes it seem real. I do recommend this book, but I am going to give it only 4 stars because the last half of the book lost me.
[author]Frank Peretti, whose books have sold more than 12 million copies, is the author of Monster as well as the international bestsellers The Oath and This Present Darkness. The Oath (1995) has sold more than a million copies and was awarded the 1996 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. Peretti lives with his wife Barbara in the Pacific Northwest.