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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,409 ratings  ·  520 reviews
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy;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 ...more
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Howard Books (first published 2012)
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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
“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)
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

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
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
Starr Griggs
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
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
Stephen Andrew
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
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
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
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
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
J.S. Bailey
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.
Jo Rae Jetton
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
Suzanne Earley
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
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
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
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
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Cynthia Joyce
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
Enticing. The summary alone had me very intrigued, the fact that Mr. Peretti hadn't written a novel in six years also had me excited. It was good, but was it good enough? I'm hoping this wasn't Mr. Peretti's last novel. The plot is extremely creative and original. I liked that there were the author's usual Christian themes throughout the book but I don't know if they were visible enough for a non-Christian to see them and be touched by them. The book is about a husband and wife magic act, the si ...more
Hanne Moon
Frank Peretti's Illusion was a wonderful love story that I found hard to put down. If you go into this expecting something along the line of his bestselling "Darkness" books, then you'll be disappointed. There's no angelic intervention, no overt praying or supplicating before God, no exorcisms performed, no demons dancing around, and no angelic sword fights that wax and wane dependent on the praying saints. It's a tale more along the lines of Fringe and X-Files. This in no way takes away from th ...more
T. Edmund
Illusion starts as a tale of two illusionists, Mandy and Dane, separated by death. Things get freaky when Mandy returns in 2010 as a 19 year old girl, who finds she has the ability to do true magic.

Dane meanwhile wonders if he is going mad, seeing a younger version of his long-lost wife return.

Peretti's prose and imagery of the first 'stanza' of this book are brilliant. I particularly found the bleak hospital settings vivid and compelling.

As the story progresses however things start to fall apar
Pamela Aidan
First, I must admit that I approached Peretti's Illusion with caution. How could a Christian writer pull off a story about what sounded like some hinkey version of reincarnation or body snatching? OK, I will also admit that I'm not up to speed on how his premise of a teenage girl being the embodiment of a 50-something woman who had just died in a car crash intersects with theoretical physics, either--even though I had read Crichton's Timeline years ago. But Peretti hasn't lost his touch in creat ...more
I have read every book that Frank Peretti has ever written. I love his style of dealing with his Christian heritage. Even though many of his books are put together differently, I have loved every single one of them. Illusion was no different. In the beginning he had so many story lines rolling at the same time you really had to pay attention or get lost but that's what his style is and I really like it. Each of us have different tastes. I respect all the below entries of comments. But I myself f ...more
T.E. George
Illusion is the first novel I ever wrote a review for after reading less than 100 pages. Now that I've completed it I don't regret what I said at all. Some may get a bit lost in the "time-line, alternate selves" plot but the story of Dane and Mandy's transcending love will keep you tuning the pages. The scientific explanations offered may or not be valid and like any good speculative story, before long you don't really care. What matters are the two main characters and how they hope against hope ...more
I've been striking out with fiction this month. When I read the description, I thought this book may be a bit out there but wanted to give it a chance. His book This Present Darkness had great insights about spiritual warfare so I was curious to see where this one would go.

I had trouble with this one from the start. I just couldn't buy into the story-line and had no idea where it was going. I ended up skimming to the end and still didn't really get what was going on.

If you're considering this on
Karen Gail Brown
In initially enjoyed this book about a husband and wife magician team. Dane is devastated when Mandy is killed in an automobile accident when the two of them are in their 50's.

Dane has not recovered from Mandy's death, when he meets a young woman (20 years old) named Eloise doing card tricks in the street for money. Dane gives her some advice about her tricks and sees her again doing magic in a coffee shop.

Dane finds so much in Eloise that reminds him of Mandy and takes Eloise under his wing to
It's been about 6 years since Peretti last published, and given the long wait I was disappointed with the quality. His writing is still intriguing, but it needed more editing. In one place, a woman was reweighed hours later and it was so important that her weight match exactly as it did earlier that they make her spit out her gum. No mention is made of water intake/output during those hours, which would obviously have a more significant impact than a lousy piece of gum. Yet later in the book, wh ...more
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