Fatal Illusions by Adam Blumer is a creepy-crawly thrill ride you don't want to read alone in the house! Gillian Thayer, husband Mark, and daughter Crystal have been through more than enough drama for any family. Gillian is still mourning the stillbirth of twins just six months ago when a female parishioner of Mark's fixates on him. When he rejects her, she vandalizes their home, shoots him, leaving him for dead, and then shouts an accusation of rape to a passer-by. The resulting turmoil forces Mark to take a sabbatical in northern Michigan on the coast of Lake Superior. Unfortunately for the family, a serial killer from Cincinnati has come to the same area on the lam. Blumer is familiar with Lake Superior, so he captures its beauty so perfectly, the tourism rates should skyrocket. Each character is completely wrapped up in their own concerns; Gillian her grief and calligraphy, Mark his frustration and preaching, and Crystal, her anger and singing. Blumer uses the tragedy to shatter the shells around each of them and reunite them as a family. Haydon Owens, the murderer, is a top notch scary villain. The reader never knows when he's going to pop up or escape. The author does a great job of juggling the multiple story lines and keeping the pages turning. One small complaint: at the end of the story, I had a difficult time understand some of Gillian's decisions; they seemed to be counterintuitive to the character and made just to propel the story. I hope that Blumer continues to visit the town of Whistler's Point, he's created a great deal of intriguing history along with some fascinating characters.