Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps--and figure out what you missed!

Review: If you enjoy a thrilling mystery, than Irene Hannon needs to be a staple part of your reading diet. With characters that demand your emotional investment and plots that keep you guessing, she is one of those authors you can depend upon for a good read. 

"Dangerous Illusions" is part of Hannon's "Men of Valor" series. Colin Flynn is a big city detective, and he has concentrated the majority of his adult life's energy to solving crime. While he takes time for his two closest friends and the odd volunteer activity they rope him into, Colin doesn't have much of a life outside his work. While he knows he'd like to get married one day, the clock is ticking and he hasn't had the time to date - nor has any woman turned his head enough to make him even contemplate investing the time to get to know her. All of that changes when a suspicious death leads him to Trish Bailey.

Trish isn't a fellow crime fighter though...nor is she the victim. She is the prime suspect. With everything that is in him, Colin knows that Trish isn't guilty. However, knowing that in his heart and proving it are two different things all-together. As the case complicates and the stakes rise, Trish and Colin fight desperately to figure out what is all at play while dodging the wild sparks that fly between them. 

Shorter than her usual works, Dangerous Illusions is a quick read but certainly enjoyable. This is a 'love at first sight' novel mixed with a seemingly predictable crime (but wait for it... there is always a twist!), but I definitely enjoyed the read. Also, I will note that this work is similar to some of Irene Hannon's earlier works in that it is a great mystery, but without the disturbingly dark twists or thoughts that some of her more recent works have. Being a rather sensitive reader, I appreciated getting the thrill of a crime story without going too deep into the evil recesses of the criminal's mind. 

This book definitely belongs on your 'To-Be-Read' pile.

Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and to Baker Publishing House for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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