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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,251 Ratings  ·  598 Reviews
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 me ...more
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Howard Books
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Chance Maree
In one sense, books are like cakes--the recipe may be more enticing than the taste. Magic, time travel, mature love and teenage confusion (strange mix, but Peretti made it work without being too creepy), mad scientists, doves, etc. Decent writing for the most part, but too choppy and disjointed at times.

"Illusion" provides nothing too challenging to ponder. Even the villains were a bit bland. Yes, poor soul Mandy thrown for a loop, and then having to figure life out in a decadent and evil world
Mar 10, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
“Three and a half stars: A love story that defies time and physics!

Our story opens with the unexpected death of Mandy, the magician, at age fifty nine. Mandy and her husband, Dane, are leaving Las Vegas, after years of performing as a successful magic act. The two are headed to Couer d' Alene, Idaho to retire on their new ranch. Unfortunately, Mandy will not make it back to her hometown. Tragedy strikes when their BMW collides in an intersection with another car and bursts into flames. Dane is
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 14, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Frank Peretti has written books I really don't care for and that I lost interest in. He's written books I thought were okay including the YA books that were his first to catch notice. And he's written one that I have on my favorites list The Visitation. The Visitation

This one other than the Visitation is the one I've liked best.

Here we have a magical (literally one might say) story of two people who have been married and working together since their youth...when the wife is killed in a auto acci
C.J. Darlington
After waiting six years for another Peretti novel, my hopes were very high upon starting this novel. While it's definitely different from his other works, it's clearly Peretti. I was intrigued from the beginning and never knew what was going to happen next. The sign of a good novel! As is usually the case for Peretti, you have to read carefully to keep track of everything, but that's what we've come to expect from him. I've tried to think of which Peretti novel this one compares closest to, but ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Dustin rated it it was ok

I initially read the synopsis of Frank Peretti's Illusion in April of 2012, and its premise floored me. I had to read it. But as much as I yearned for it, I'd have to wait a few months, for it came on loan from my Mother-in-Law, to whom I'd like to give thanks, and appreciation. After all, every story is a unique experience; they impact us in so many ways, some of which we aren't made aware of until much later.

That being said, I'd like to firmly state that I would have enjoyed this one much mo
Apr 04, 2012 Cydnie rated it it was amazing
I saw this book on Goodreads and thought the synopsis sounded interesting: Man's wife, and partner in a magic act, of 40 years dies; a few months later he meets a young woman on the street doing magic tricks and she reminds him of his wife. The girl thinks she has gone crazy because she "remembers" sitting under a tree at the fair in 1970, but all of a sudden it's 2010.

Things I liked:
1- Likeable characters. I thought that the main characters were well written and I could 'picture' them. We got t
Mar 28, 2012 Starr rated it it was amazing
My first response after finishing Illusion was “Dude that was awesome!” What an amazing ride and great re-meeting with one of the most prolific writers of my time. Before I really get to my review, I have to make a confession. This review is completely biased because I am a huge Peretti fan and I will always read whatever he writes. Whatever he writes. He truly is a storytelling guru. I have been waiting –sometimes patiently and sometimes not - for his next book. When given the opportunity to re ...more
Charis Jackson
Jan 16, 2016 Charis Jackson rated it really liked it
Peretti was one of my favorite authors as a kid and its been a while since I've read any of his books. My mom told me about this one, so I had to give it a read.
It was a bit of a slow start, but that could have been because I read it on kindle and I'm not a fan of e-books. I much prefer to hold a book in my hand. Somehow gives more weight to the work that went in to making the story.
Beside the slow start, I am delighted to say that it held my attention and even surprised me in places. It's nic
Mike (the Paladin)
Frank Peretti has written books I really don't care for and that I lost interest in. He's written books I thought were okay including the YA books that were his first to catch notice. And he's written on that I have on my favorites list The Visitation.

This one other than the Visitation is the one I've liked best.

Here we have a magical (literally one might say) story of two people who have been married and working together since their youth...when the wife is killed in a auto accident.

Dane and Ma
Stephen Andrew
Nov 20, 2012 Stephen Andrew rated it liked it
Peretti is no one new to complex and difficult plots. And in the past he has handled them well. Had i known before reading that this would be a time-travel romance thriller, I would not have been too concerned, because he's done crazy things before. However, though I enjoyed the concept of the book (magicians, and love, and time-travel, and some sort of vague government conspiracy), I reached the end feeling glad that Mandy survived, but mostly just glad it was over.

The ideas were good, but I fe
Jun 29, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
I enjoyed the imaginative plot about a magician named Dane (illusionist) who loses his wife Mandy in a car crash. He goes to the house they shared in the country to regroup--only to encounter a teenage girl who looks a lot like his wife when he first met her--fifty years ago. Meanwhile we are also following the point of view of the teenage girl (Mandy)--who was in the 1970's one minute and our present the next. Some sort of mystery underlies it all and Dane and Mandy have to figure it out or the ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I have to start off by saying that the beginning chapters were a little disjointed as what was happening is definitely science fiction in nature. However, it didn’t take long to start putting the pieces together. And, honestly, it was less disjointed than some novels with inclusion of time travel or alternate time lines that I’ve read in the past.

Once the awkwardness was gone, the characters began to come to life and grab my attention. There is such a wonderful love story laced throughout the no
Thomas Wilson
Apr 23, 2012 Thomas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Illusion By Frank E. Peretti
One thing I discovered as I told fellow reader friends about this book is that most of my friends have heard about Frank Peretti and already familiar with his work. Illusion was the first of his books I have read. Reading the first chapter was sad and heart wrenching and I almost thought he would be soon lumped in with Nicholas Sparks, as far as being extremely talented but not my cup of tea. Soon into the book he captured my attention and imagination.

The book drug me
Jun 28, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Frank Peretti is arguably my favorite writer. Not only do I enjoy his books, but the man himself comes across as very humble, very likeable.

His last book, House, coauthored with Ted Dekker, was released in 2006. And like other Peretti fans, I have long awaited new material from him. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to review his latest work, Illusion.

If you are a diehard Peretti fan who enjoys sci fi, magic, and suspense/thrillers, you should enjoy this book. Even if you are not a Peretti fa
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
Nov 08, 2015 Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, inglés


Este no es un típico libro de Frank Peretti.

Para aquellas personas que pensaban que a Frank Peretti le gustaba escribir mayormente sobre temas naturales, ángeles, demonios, falsos predicadores o visiones futuristas: se equivocaron.

En esta novela, Frank Peretti explora el género del romance pero muy a su estilo, combinando elementos que aparentemente tienen algo de magia, pero que al final revela una verdad que es completamente impredecible.
Illusion is an interesting book that's hard to review without giving too much away. There are some nice Outer Limits moments here, and I enjoyed the book... but I probably wouldn't read it a second time. I will try more books by Peretti, though.

Illusion reminded me of a Dean Koontz novel in many ways: characters with hearts of gold, mysterious happenings, some bad guys, some religious overtones, and a somewhat fizzled finale. Fortunately there are no super-smart dogs here to save the day (I'm s
J.S. Bailey
Aug 16, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it liked it
Well, this was definitely a different kind of read from Peretti. Where did all the demons and preachers go? ;)

I have mixed feelings about Illusion. I enjoyed the story itself and the love between Dane and Mandy, but some things didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me and other plot elements seemed overly convenient. I did like the neat sci-fi element, though. Kind of like Dean Koontz, only less wordy.
Jun 27, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since a book has so thoroughly gripped me. I wanted to keep reading in bed and couldn't wait for a break in the day to sit down and read a few pages. The story kept me wanting to know what happened next. But with that said, I can't say it was an incredibly impactful story or incredibly written. It was a story with a solid underlying meaning to it and well-written, nothing to nit-pick on that, but I wouldn't say it was extra exceptional in these areas. But as I said, it made m ...more
May 12, 2015 Tammy rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying I love Frank Peretti's writing. I love the messages his books convey. That being said, this book was an aberration from the norm. I had so much trouble w/this book. The first half seemed devoted to describing magic tricks. I am no fan of magic really, so that was hard for me to get through. Finally after that, the real story started coming out. That kept me pretty interested until I got bogged down again w/all the intricacies of The Machine. I like to understand what I'm r ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it
When I first heard that Frank Peretti was releasing a new book after six years, I was so excited I could not contain myself! While I was waiting on “Illusion” to arrive, I read an interview that was done with Frank about the book. In the review he said that “Illusion” was not a typical Frank Peretti book, that it was his way of celebrating his own relationship with his wife of 40 years and so in a sense it was a love story. I was skeptical at the idea of Frank Peretti writing a love story, havin ...more
Cheryl Olson
You know that feeling you get when you see an old friend that has been so special to you in the past, and you haven’t seen them in ages, but you just fall right back into conversation with them as if no time has passed at all, instant re-bonding. That is my feeling when I picked up Illusion by Frank Peretti. I thought- “Ah, he’s back!” ; and the book is great, filled with all the adventure, intrigue, and suspense of a great Peretti book, take those components and combine them with a story filled ...more
Jo Rae Jetton
Jun 05, 2012 Jo Rae Jetton rated it it was amazing
Could It Be Magic?

With a sleight of his talented hand, Frank Peretti has spun a magical tale of suspense, mystery and love. In his latest release, Illusion, Peretti combines a love story that surpasses time with a disappearing act unlike no other. There is something for everyone in this tale.

Mandy Whitaker is pronounced dead following a tragic car accident while her husband Dane is left to grieve the dual loss of wife and magic act partner. As he struggles to live without her, Mandy awakens as
Adam Collings
Illusion has a premise that grabbed me straight away. Dane is a retired magician who has just lost his wife of 40 years in a car crash. Mandy (Dane's future wife) is a girl from 1970 who has just found herself inexplicably in 2010. When Dane meets young Mandy he knows there is something familiar about her, but she can't be who he thinks she is.

Mandy herself begins to question her own sanity and wonder if her previous life was nothing but a delusion - but as time goes on, more and more temporal e
Suzanne Earley
Apr 27, 2012 Suzanne Earley rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I can't decide if I want to give this 1 star or 4 stars. I think I'm going to go with 2, which is too bad.

I enjoyed about 75% of this book, the other 25% annoyed me greatly.

The premise was fascinating, and I was invested in the main characters.

At one time, I think I probably knew that Peretti was considered a Christian author, but I had forgotten it. If I had remembered I might not have even picked this up. But I did, and while I noticed the "it's a God thing" type comments throughout the first
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
My all time favorite author just released his latest book, so what do I do the moment it arrives? I inhale it, slowly like my all time favorite meal. Why? you ask would you read it slowly, because it may be a long time before another novel this great comes out again, so I want to savor it and make it last as long as I possibly can. So who is this great author that has inspired me to write in this same type of genre since reading his first book, This Present Darkness? Well that would be Frank Pe ...more
Christina Boulard
Mar 06, 2012 Christina Boulard rated it really liked it
Now, my friends, don't let the blurb on the back of this book sway you. It may be written by the 'father of Christian fiction', but this is by no means a preachy, religious book.

Illusion is a all love story, and it's told in a beautiful, magical way (pun totally intended!).

Mandy is adorably charming--you'll love her right off the bat.
Particular highlights are her performances. Peretti describes her 'tricks' so well that you'll actually SEE them as she's doing them, and you'll marvel at the wonde
Jun 14, 2012 Faith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book overall. That said, it was not what I expected from Mr. Peretti. Mind you, I became a fan of his with "This Present Darkness", "Piercing The Darkness" and "The Oath".

Illusionis a love story. A beautiful one at that.

There is some hard reading in parts, but I believe that is more of an issue with Mr. Peretti wanting to make sure the description is "just so" or that the reader has a specific understanding. I myself like to let my imagination flow and picture things so wh
Mar 14, 2012 eden rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2012
In high school, the majority of my reading was made up of Christian fiction. Sure, I mostly regret that now, as it was time I could have spent reading "serious" literature, but I still have a soft spot for the likes of Ted Dekker, Bill Myers, Randy Alcorn, and Frank Peretti. Which is why this book is an even bigger disappointment than it might otherwise have been. (If you're worried that Peretti is known for Christian fiction, don't be. This book is mostly Christian by virtue of what's missing - ...more
Jennifer Short
Jun 05, 2012 Jennifer Short rated it really liked it
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Cynthia Joyce
Apr 30, 2012 Cynthia Joyce rated it liked it
Happily, I recieved Illusion as a Goodreads firstreads giveaway. I would have had my review up sooner but I had a bad bout of the flu and then of tendonitus.

Illusion by Frank Peretti is a rollicking good yarn! While the language level of this novel is quite low, anyone with a junior high level education should be able to read it easily, the storytelling is fully mature and well-seasoned. "...hit a 'ta-da pose'" a phrased used regularly, is an example of the simple, clear but artless language le
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