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Illusions [Paperback]

Katherine Stone
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May 5 1995
By the author of "Rainbows". A childhood of hard knocks has taught abandoned twin Chase Carlton to rely on no one but himself. Then he learns he has a brother who has disappeared. Chase goes to Los Angeles to create a dangerous illusion and impersonate an identical twin believed to be dead.

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The eighth novel from the author of Roommates , Rainbows , etc., tries unsuccessfully to tie a surfeit of tabloid dramas into a single plot. A mystery as well as a chaste romance, the narrative includes surrogate motherhood, separation of twins at birth, duckling-to-swan plastic surgery, serial murders, extrasensory powers and canine heroics, to name a few threads. Left as a foundling at a chapel in France, Chase Carlton, a clairvoyant in his mid-30s, lives in California where the police and FBI hire him to track serial killers. He sees the announcement of the death of movie mogul Victor Chase Kincaid, whom he deduces must have been his brother. Aided by self-induced amnesia, he impersonates his (recovered) twin and insinuates himself into the life of the widow, whom he suspects of murder and for whom he develops complicated feelings. With a supporting cast of cardboard characters whose intertwining relationships require a flow chart to track, Stone builds her story with a series of portentous melodramatic moments that have little impact on the reader, who will be well ahead of the characters in figuring out what to expect next. Only the question of Kincaid's death holds the reader to the end, and that is more a question of how than who in this overwritten and overambitious novel.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story... Jan. 24 2003
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This story was very interesting, with great characters. As is KS's way, however, the hero turns too sappy, too campy. (The men usually fall in love too early in KS's stories, i.e. "Happy Endings.")
Her characters, especially the males, do tend to be conceited because of the author's writing style. For example, when we're getting to know the male hero, KS writes phrases such as ... "stunningly handsome," as if the male character is describing himself, rather than letting this be a description from author to reader.
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Once you read this book, other books will just not measure up to the quality of this one. Heartwarming and full of emotion, yet your imagination is grabbed and you can't let go to the very end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story... Jan. 24 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story was very interesting, with great characters. As is KS's way, however, the hero turns too sappy, too campy. (The men usually fall in love too early in KS's stories, i.e. "Happy Endings.")
Her characters, especially the males, do tend to be conceited because of the author's writing style. For example, when we're getting to know the male hero, KS writes phrases such as ... "stunningly handsome," as if the male character is describing himself, rather than letting this be a description from author to reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting page-turner, from page 1 to 418, it is spellbinding Aug. 18 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once you read this book, other books will just not measure up to the quality of this one. Heartwarming and full of emotion, yet your imagination is grabbed and you can't let go to the very end.
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