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The Grand Delusion

(Manufactured Identity #2)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Loner Addy Siwel only wanted answers when she signed up for a freshman course in theology—what she got was the attention of a murderer. In The Grand Delusion, Dr. Heath Sommer brings to life the precursor stories of characters John Joe, Addy Siwel, and Merci Bowku, who were introduced to the world in the 2009 contemporary mystery The Manufactured Identity. Terror-struck, t ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Tate Publishing (first published September 30th 2010)
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Kim Crump
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have just reread this series for the third time. I am still troubled, to be honest by the whole concept, but like a car accident that secretly captivates me, I find myself thinking again and again about the themes in the book. Sommer first published manufactured identity in 2009, and I first heard of this book from a friend who had him in Child development last year at ISU. Then, another friend of mine held a massice book club to raise awareness of the series. I kinda joined with skeptacism be ...more
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Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I was looking forward to what Sommer produced next. His first novel was very different from what I had read before. I really enjoy how complex it was and the psychology aspects in contained. I wasn't disappointed with this one.

I have to be honest and say I don't remember much about the characters from The Manufactured Identity. There was so much going on in that book. I was afraid that fact would hinder my enjoyment of this one. It didn't. The book draws you in from the prologue. At first, the
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Meghan Barnes
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, especially those who love psychological suspense/mystery/thrillers
I'd forgotten how much I love this series. I recently reread all three books, and though I was suspect at first about book two being a prequel to The Manufactured Identity, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it works, as well as by the new batch of suspense.

The Grand Delusion is more of a "thriller" than The Manufactured Identity, as it introduces some hairier characters than its predecessor. But in it we also get to meet Merci, John and Addy as they first encounter one another. The triangl
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Brittney
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Grand Delusion is a remarkable piece of art in which Dr. Sommer successfully blends fiction with philosophy in a book that is both suspenseful and contemplative. Never have I read a story with so much substance that has, at the same time, been so thrilling.

The main characters in The Grand Delusion are developed well throughout the book and through them we are introduced (or re-introduced) to many of the philosophical questions of life. Topics such as good versus evil, logic versus emotion, s
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Jennifer
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Grand Delusion is a prequel to The Manufactured Identity, which I enjoyed because of it's shocking twists and basis in real psychology. The Grand Delusion has many instances of abnormal psychology coming into play, but the focus is much more deeply based in religion.

The thriller portion of The Grand Delusion, the events leading up to and after a car crash that almost kills Jon, Addy and Merci, is just that - thrilling. The A fast-paced, what's-going-to-happen-next feel runs throughout that p
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Katherine
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Tianna Bookclub
Though I didn't need a graph chart to follow all the characters in the second in the series (The grand Delusion) I found just plain depressing. possible spoilers The first in the series though hard to keep track of who was who, was much more tolerable. Also Manufactured Identity had left the ending with you wanting to hear what happens next. Instead The Grand delusion is just that delusional. It goes back in time (which is not where I wanted to go). I didn't care about the characters to know abo ...more
Sherrie
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
I read Mr. Sommer's previous book, The Manufactured Identity last year. I really enjoyed reading it. This one didn't disappoint me either. It is full of physiological terror. Along with mystery and murder. You know something big is going to happen, but you don't know who will be the culprit. The true psychosis of the villain was great. The author is able to make the villain seem like any person you might know. Do Addy, John, Merci and Frank find the person? What do they find out when they do? Is ...more
Stephanie
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This book explained a few things that were mentioned in the first one. There weren't as many characters so it was easier to follow and keep everyone straight (didn't need a flow chart). This book is very different from what I normally would read ~ a lot of thinking in it. The book brought up some theology issues and it was interesting to see what each character thought about the issues. The book didn't leave me wanting to read the next one though.
Antoine Carr
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A friend told me to read this first then read the manufactured identity and then the human obsession, even though that is not the order they were released, and I am so glad I did becuase I think it was all the more shocking this way! Absoultely fantstic series. I am dying to talk to someone about it but none of my friends have even heard of this author!
10_guys_book_club_ralph
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
had never heard of this author before reading this series in the ten guys book club....started a little slow then addicting and thought provoking. This is a new author i will be following some more. Not for you though if you have a weak stomach for blunt
Gail
Nov 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get through this book and quit reading about 1/4 into it. The extreme references to religion with negative connotations really put me off. It seemed every movement of every character was connected to a deep analysis of their religion. I became bored and offended.
Mountaintwestbookreview
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sommer hit this one out of the park. Once I started reading I could not stop. The Grand Delusion delievered.
Ayeaye
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
read this and the sequel in a book club last week. Loved it
Pam
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
loved it, a little too much religion for me at times though, but too awesome to care by the end....and THAT dude is psycho :)
Mark D
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Chief Murhpy is the bomb...although he be dead from that whacking shalacking
Sandy Coff
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
deeper than meets the eye 2nd time around
Quinten Hoffman
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
book club Book: was okay, not a big thriller fan
Carmen Clashte
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kinda of too scary for me at parts, but still liked it. Not as good as his first book.
Luke J
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was probably the best book club discussion we ever had. But if you hate real life stuff you probably will have a hard time reading it
Aisha Ayala
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
hmmm....
Psychoreader
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I struggled with this one becuase I think God is an archaic concept. however, I liked how the reader cannot predict the authors beliefs on God from the opossing prose.
10_guys_book_club_will
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ultimately I enjoyed the sychology more than the story, although both were great. Recomended read
Jen
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book. I'm really enjoying this series. This story is good as it goes into the background of the 3 characters.
Parker Smith
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think I liked this one the best of the three
T Littleton
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
my favorite of the three
Shawn Ruth
Apr 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
Book club for October
Tiana Harris
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
Much easier to follow than the first one.
Dawn Clarke
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Appreciative of both the art and academia of the novel.
Jacob Mofkrit
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
not a fan of some of the religion, but kinda see why it was there by the end
M H
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love learning about John and Addy and Merci before TMI...complicated
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Dr. Heath Sommer is the author of The Manufactured Identity psychological suspense series and runs a developmental disability and mental health clinic in southern Idaho.

Other books in the series

Manufactured Identity (3 books)
  • The Manufactured Identity (Manufactured Identity, #1)
  • The Human Obsession (Manufactured Identity, Book #3)

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