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Delusion: A Novel of Suspense (edition 2008)

by Peter Abrahams

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Title:Delusion: A Novel of Suspense
Authors:Peter Abrahams
Info:William Morrow (2008), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Tags:Louisiana, hurricanes, marriage, exoneration, crime fiction

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This was a somewhat predictable mystery. The character of Nell is somewhat wishy washy in most situations. Twenty years prior she had been the only witness in the murder of her boyfriend but she sent the wrong person to jail. She just didn't seem to have a backbone till maybe the end of the book.

Her daughter, Nora, I just wanted to slap silly. She gets in trouble in College comes home with a major attitude but won't talk to anyone about what is the problem. OK, a teenager. However, all of a sudden she calls the man who raised her since she was 2 her stepfather and keeps asking her mother if she loved her biological father (the murder victim).

Pirate was the man wrongly accused and sent to jail for 20 years. Then a mysterious tape proving his innocence shows up after a hurricane. He gets out and things start to look up for him and then all goes to hell. I did feel for him.

All in all Delusion was OK but there weren't too many surprises. ( )
  Diane_K | Jul 14, 2015 |
When new evidence surfaces, Nell sets out to determine if she sent the wrong man to prison and what part her husband had in the process. another suspenseful page-turner ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
I thought this book had promise: set in a small Louisiana city after a hurricane; a man is freed after 20 years incarceration based on a mistaken eyewitness identification; the eyewitness happens to be married to the (now) police chief who originally investigated the crime, the murder of her then boyfriend (and father of her then unborn child). It had all kinds of great, juicy potential. But a more predictable telling of this story, I do not think I can imagine. The bad guys have "bad guy" written all over them from their first appearances. The heroine is a total irritant. The freed convict starts out intriguing enough, but quickly regresses into a whiner like everyone else. The author did not really do anything with the post-hurricane setting (just had the characters complaining about the residual stench) and then at the end threw in the idea that maybe there were some racial issues going on (oh, what a wild thought: the possibility of racial conflict in Louisiana).

I am sure you have other things on your reading list. ( )
  shearon | Aug 14, 2009 |
Super book. Great read.
  tansymews | Jul 29, 2009 |
Pleasant story about a woman who has to revisit the murder of her fiancee (and her child's father) nearly 20 years ago. The man found guilty was released and the heroine realises that hr happy life is not as straightforwards as it seems. ( )
  Ardwick | Feb 19, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061137995, Hardcover)

The monster storm "Bernardine" did more than devastate the tiny Gulf Coast community of Belle Ville.

It uncovered suppressed evidence that exonerates a man wrongly imprisoned for murder.

Twenty years ago Nell Jarreau identified Alvin "Pirate" DuPree as the murderer who killed her boyfriend right in front of her—and she later went on to marry the detective, now the police chief, who made the arrest. She and Clay raised a daughter and had a happy life—but now Pirate is free, leaving Nell haunted by doubt, guilt, fear . . . and troubling hints that a rot may be festering at her own family's core. For the sake of her sanity, her marriage, and the safety of those she loves, Nell must uncover the truth about a nightmare that will not end. But the search is leading her into twisting dark alleys she might never escape from . . . where a wild card ex-con waits in the shadows.

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A woman's world is turned upside down when new evidence frees a man she put in prison with her testimony years ago.--From publisher description.

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