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Subject: OEnigma's Book of the Day--Illusions by Charlotte Vale Allen
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 10:24 AM ET
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Today I give you Illusions by Charlotte Vale Allen.  It is the only copy in the system.

Book Description:

"Illusions" provides an in-depth exploration of the victim/captor relationship that is sympathetic to both parties, allowing readers to see the lengths to which grief can sometimes take people.

From Publishers Weekly
In an intense, suspenseful tale reminiscent of John Fowles's The Collector, Allen (Time/Steps portrays a coincidental encounter that culminates in a woman's abduction, rape and terrorization. After her young stepson dies, renowned children's book illustrator Stanleigh Dunn is prostrated by grief. She decides to visit England, where she plans to see her father, from whom she has been estranged. On the flight from New York, Leigh strikes up a conversation with Daniel Godard, a dapper businessman who is as attracted to her as she is to him. Although miffed when Daniel arrives at her hotel, Leigh nevertheless succumbs to his sexual advances, hoping to temporarily obliterate her sorrow. Back in New York, she tentatively emerges from bereavement, but Daniel, still haunted by his wife's gruesome suicide and gripped by an encompassing, unhealthy desire for Leigh, begins to stalk her. Daniel's self-control wanes; he kidnaps Leigh, imprisons her in his apartment and repeatedly molests her until remorse brings him to his senses. Allen builds the tension to an almost unbearable pitch in her riveting novel, which penetratingly explores the fragile boundaries between sanity and madness, lust and obsession.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
Stanleigh Dunn and Daniel Godard are both fleeing from personal grief when their mutual physical attraction brings them together. While Leigh views their meeting as transitory, Daniel decides he wants a lasting relationship and pursues Leigh despite her negative response. What begins as an innocent meeting between two people trying to comfort one another turns into a nightmare of terror and abuse as Daniel's sexual obsession for Leigh overcomes him. The sub-plots add the troubled but fascinating family relationships for both main characters. An emotional and disturbing novel with well-developed characters; and unusual in that the reader can empathize with both victim and victimizer. Recommended for larger fiction collections. Leslie A. Bleil, Western Michigan Univ. Lib., Kalamazoo

If you choose this hardcover book, I will throw in a free paperback of your choice.

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