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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Illusions of Death by Lauren Linwood is a thrilling suspense murder mystery. A serial killer is murdering random people in Atlanta. The police and the FBI cannot find anything to connect any of the victims. Karlyn Campbell has two life-changing events that lead her right into the path of the serial killer. Neglected by her parents, unloved by her famous father, and used by her unfaithful husband, Karlyn has always taken care of herself. Despite her father's disapproval, she writes crime novels and is a famous best-selling author of murder mysteries. The day Karlyn divorces her cheating, gigolo husband, her father has a stroke. Detective Logan Warner was on the scene when her father collapsed. Her father gives him a message to send for her. Karlyn decides to accede to her father's wishes. She leaves New York City and goes to Walton Springs, Georgia, a small town outside of Atlanta. Detective Logan Warner meets Karlyn at the hospital and, despite his own recent grief, he feels an attraction. The two form an immediate bond and a new life begins for both of them. But now the Rainbow Killer has broadened his territory and it includes Walton Springs. Logan has already lost one family to a serial killer. Will he be able to keep Karlyn out of harm's way and have a chance at another family?
Illusions of Death by Lauren Linwood is a riveting suspense novel. This is a thrilling story and I was unable to put it down until I finished reading the last page! The story begins with the murder of a hiker and the reader sees it from the killer's point of view. Although we are shown what the murderer is thinking, his motive is not obvious. Lauren Linwood did an excellent job portraying the depravity of a serial killer. His motive is an enigma and I was mystified. I though I knew who the murderer was, but I couldn't figure out the rationale behind his madness. This is an amazing read and I loved every intense page of it! I highly recommend it to those who are murder mystery enthusiasts. I enjoyed the characters and really connected to them. I loved all the historical references and criminal data that is quoted. This is an incredible book and the author is a great writer. This book contains sex scenes and some graphic murder scenes and is suited for more mature readers.