Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Shattered Illusions

Shattered Illusions by Leigh Hershkovich
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For Book Beginnings:
I don't know where I am--somewhere between heaven and hell, a place of utter terror and endless confusion.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
He led me to a table in a dimly lit corner. How romantic. That way, he wouldn't be able to see me grinding my teeth in anxiety. Smart man, smart man.
- p. 56

Just started this and loving it. This is a psychological murder mystery. It sort of reminds me of Midaq Alley with it's multiple perspectives -- the movie which I watched, not the book which I haven't read. And then again it reminds me of The Sixth Sense, a movie which had seemingly random pieces falling into place slowly ... let's see!
Synopsis: One murder. Four eyewitnesses. An unknown assailant. A victim with a mysterious secret. Bystanders beleaguered by life's losses. A killer at large...  
When Sam, the proprietor of a local cafe, is shot dead on the street, four strangers become unwitting witnesses to the crime. As the investigation progresses, this quartet of onlookers find themselves not only haunted by the homicide, but pursued by their own pasts.  
As they plunge deeper into the reality of his death, all are forced to realize that the loss of Sam is far from their most devastating. Inner anguish reaches a climax point for Ella, Marco, Sarah, and Danny as the answers they are hunting for continue to elude them—and the evidence they hope will vanish refuses to disappear


  1. Wow, I like that opening sentence to the novel! Definitely sets a rather interesting tone, makes the reader wonder...glad to hear you're enjoying it :)

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  2. I loved both of those excerpts and the cover is amazing, so I'm guessing this means I get to add it to my TBR list :) Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a good weekend!
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  3. Sounds good, I would like to see whether all four witnesses report seeing the same thing.

  4. That first sentence made me want to read more, and I loved your Friday 56 choice too. This sounds like a good mystery, especially since it seems to focus on the four witnesses. I'm adding it to my TBR list.
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  5. Sounds gritty and dark! I like that!!!

    Happy weekend!

  6. Sounds like a good Halloween beginning. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. This one sounds really good!

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