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Shattered Illusions

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  11 reviews
One murder. Four eyewitnesses. An unknown assailant. A victim with a mysterious secret. Bystanders beleaguered by life's losses. A killer at large...

When Sam, the proprietor of a local cafe, is shot dead on the street, four strangers become unwitting witnesses to the crime. As the investigation progresses, this quartet of onlookers find themselves not only haunted by the h
Published May 23rd 2013 by Full Court Press (first published April 20th 2013)
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Mirela Petalli
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was skeptic before I started to read '"SI" as the author calls it. She is young, this is fiction, and i am not that fond of fiction, and this is her first book. Life brought us together through a wonderful poetry course and I have a signed copy of SI. I had to throw away all my skepticism as soon as I read the first paragraph. The narrative is flowing, the story builds onto itself and nails you down to go to the end of it. For me, a book is good when I can picture the plot, the surroundings an ...more
Kj Partridge
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well written story of a murder and the four people around it. It was fascinating to learn all about Sarah, Marco, Ella and Danny. For a while I was completely lost and then I realized the brilliance of the storyline. I have to admit when it comes to a mystery or hidden identity I am often the last to pick it up, when I realized who the murderer actually was and how it all tied together I was in awe of the talent this author has and how she spun the tale out.
I recommend this book
Sandra  Valente
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, suspense
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ARC copy received from author

I was approached by the author, Leigh Hershkovich with a review request. The blurb sounded interesting, so I agreed.

Shattered Illusions is centered around Sam Knightley. More precisely, his murder. Four completely different people, yet all four knew Sam in some form or another and all are witnesses. Two women, and two men. Two younger (male and female), the other two older (also male and female). Although
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I have history with Shattered Illusions. September of last year, I restarted my blog, and Leigh was the first author to contact me for a review. Back then, the book didn't even have a cover or release date yet, so I really watched this book grow. And wow, how finely it aged, indeed.

Leigh's captivating prose immediately stood out along with the obvious question of how four people, our main characters, got involved with the homicide. There were, admit
Brandi Kennedy
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is one of the more unusual books that I've read in that it jumps, sometimes a bit abruptly, from one character to another in perspective. However, it was easy to keep track of and the individual stories of the characters were well-planned, well-thought, and well-written. From the very beginning, I was impressed with Leigh Hershkovich, from her easy style to her conversational speech, right down to the way she respectfully writes "G-d" instead of "God," staying true to her own beliefs and no ...more
Athena Nagel
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Shattered Illusions was a very different story. The focal point of the story is the murder of a local businessman - Sam. But the story is so much more. There are four individuals who have witnessed the murder and are the only people who may be able to shed light on what exactly happened and who possibly did it. They are an unlikely group of four. The story delves into who they are, why they do what they do, how they ended up being where they were on that fateful night. They all have strong histo ...more
Anne Boardman
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, this is the story of four strangers who witness a murder but the true story is found in the characters. The story of how they came to be witnesses is far more interesting than the murder itself or the solving of the crime - to the point where the revelation of who did it and most importantly, why, seemed weak. (I read that section twice thinking I MUST have missed something.) The writing style is unique and interesting and compelled me to continue reading. I was fascinated by the ...more
Michele B
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started this book, written by my dear friend, with the assumption that I was starting a mystery book (which I don't normally read). Boy, was I wrong. Leigh will take you by the hand, and with her knack for manipulating the English language, will lead you through the complex minds of four different individuals as they not only examine what they could have done to save their friend Sam on that fateful day, but also their own lives. As you weave in and out of these characters' minds, learning mor ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Ms. Hershkovich has astonished me with her first novel. There were several occurrences when her prose left me literally sitting mesmerized with my mouth hanging open. Her use of language is simply stunningly beautiful.

I found her story-telling style to be unique and quite effective. This seemed to me to be the stories of four people whose lives come together by chance and stories about people are ultimately much more interesting than stories about events.

Leigh will continue to refine her talents
Jo Seutter
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The characters in this book are fascinating. I found myself wanting to know more about their lives (especially Ella-the young orthodox Jewish woman). Leigh Hershkovich draws you in to the story with excellent character development-they are all dysfunctional to some extent and have experienced "Shattered Illusions" and Leigh connects their stories in this suspenseful tale.I really enjoyed this debut novel and look forward to reading more of Leigh's work! ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh that was INTERESTING!!! I do have an issue with the revelation ... or did i just not read closely enough? Full review over on my blog Guiltless Reading. ...more
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Leigh Hershkovich's writing career began almost at infancy. Born and raised in The City By The Bay, Leigh was never seen without a pen and paper by her side, and was never without a story to share. With her vivid imagination and sharp writing tactics, Leigh has taken the world by storm twice over. Now, with her debut novel Shattered Illusions, readers will get a first time glimpse into her first f ...more

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