The Gift Of Illusion by Richard Brown
Review by Kate
The story starts with Isaac witnessing the death of his wife and saving his daughter Amy. Not much more detail is given in the opening part of the book so I was left wondering what is going on and what will happen next.
The next chapter is set 16 years on when a series of horrifying deaths take place, each person dying the same exact way as the one before. The death like virus transfers to a different person through touch and the previous host then dies.
The only thing that is left as a clue is a stone statue. Once Virginia is introduced you are pulled in to the disturbing and horrifying world of Lucius. Until this point I was quite happily reading the book and was getting into it. However when the graphic details were introduced I had to put this book down as I started to have some really nasty nightmares.
I managed to finish the book and was happy that it ended the way it did, if it was a little too sudden. They are fighting their way out then bam the story ends.
In my opinion Richard Brown writes horror that is scarier than the likes of Stephen King.
As a massive fan of Stephen King, I own pretty much all of his books, I was looking forward to seeing how Brown would do with his work. I wouldn’t recommend this book to the faint at heart as I struggled with it and I can normally handle books like The Gift Of Illusion.
I would give The Gift Of Illusion 3.5/5
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