- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 426 pages
- Publication Date: October 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076GHNBK6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Illusions of Evil (Illusions Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Before I go into the storyline, I have to comment on the fluid, suave way the words just melted into me. I loved the flow in which gave a clear understanding of the character's voice. Even if it was jumbled to be that final act of mind-boggling puzzlement.
The story is mystery, mind control brilliance. Each piece giving you a taste of damage and dysfunction. The fall from grace with pure white passion. Seductive, dark eroticism to sate my love for twisted neediness. I can't go into the mess of how dark pasts led to retribution and revenge. I can say with all certainty, you will not know the final plan until all the pieces have been played. Conditioning of one's mind is a harrowing thought, the perfect balance of false guidance and acceptance. I was enthralled from start to finish.
First of all, if you like dark erotica, twisted, sinister, pushing boundaries, gritty, kinky, disturbing, and without romance but lots of steam and passionate scenes, then this is the book for you!!
Illusions of Evil is a chilling, psychological thriller/suspense, that is intense, enthralling, intriguing, with twists and turns. The story is well written, fast paced and with exciting plots. The characters felt so real, the emotions and actions felt so palpable that it felt as if I had been transported to Lily's world.
Don't let the first few chapters fool you, this book will keep you flipping the pages to find out what happens next, and in the edge of your seat the entire time. Lily White and her Mind-blowing writing powers never fail to disappoint.
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next installment.
Jacob becomes aware that his twin brother has had him in his sights when Jericho leaves a broken woman, Sedra (Eve) for him on the doorstep of his parish. Sedra simply thinks Jacob is Jericho and she had been "brainwashed" and is begging to submit sexually as a masochistic slave to Jacob. Jericho knew his brother's sexual proclivities before he took the vow of celibacy as a priest. Jericho (Elijah) makes of Eve the perfect foil to the godliness that Jacob wishes to maintain in his person. Jacob is left wondering what game his brother is playing.
It is a fascinating story with a gripping revelatory and shifting plot line. More than this, Lily White has so much to say and her narrative lends itself to a deconstruction of its elements, symbols, themes and discussions of right and wrong...ultimately, good versus evil. This is my first read from this talented author and I was delighted at the depth of her perceptions and ideas I gathered from reading this first part of this two part series. Moreover, while I looked forward to a continuation of the discussions began in this book in the next, this book was sufficiently weighty unto itself and having the two books made complete sense rather than some empty ploy to sell more books.
She presents a number of "Illusions of Evil". Has it not been the case in early Judeo-Christian belief that Eve perpetuated or tempted man to his downfall? Many other ancient religions see the woman as the temptress in paradise. "Femaleness" was the evil that lured man to his downfall into sinfulness. Just as our Eve (Sedra) is presented to Jacob as his perfect type of woman from eye and hair color to her trained submission with her innate masochistic nature. The sadistic Dom he once was is sorely tempted by this evil before him...
In warring with himself over the presence of Sedra/Eve, Jacob reaches the conclusion that she was not evil but only the "illusion of evil." In his awakening to this truth, he questions his nature and the very reasons he became a priest. As he begins to slowly slip in his vows of celibacy, Jacob's thinking reveals more of his past from his early youth and we as readers watch with hope for his eventual peace of mind and a happy ending because he is really a decent, passionate and charismatic hero, priest and all. But...there is this shadow of darkness known as Jericho/Elijah who is present on the horizon and our Eve is ever deluded about who it is that she is loving and who is loving her. Jacob knows she thinks it is her Elijah, his brother Jericho. That this is troubling him; could it be a symptom of something more happening to him?
"I was a fallen man, damned and doomed, and waiting for the hour when I could shed the cloth of the devout to unfurl my dark, razor edged wings and take what should have been mine from the [effing] start." - Jacob
When Jacob utters these words, something pivotal in the plot happens. Does he become the "wicked" to which our author refers in the next book, "Fear the Wicked"? Can this be too another "Illusion of Evil"? Is a sado- masochistic relationship evil? Did Jacob visit evil upon Sedra/Eve? My friends, it has been enlightening and superb reading for me to be able to ask and answer these and many more questions. The ultimate question for me was what is truly evil and how much evil is perpetrated to guard the illusions of evil?
And this is why Lily White is the queen of dark and twisted! Oh my! This story!! Not at all what I was expecting. There isn’t much that can be said without spoiling the story. The blurb doesn’t even tell you the half of it, and for good reason. The twists and turns will have your head spinning and leave you deeply anticipating the second book! I need it now! I have high hopes for certain characters and can’t wait to see how this could possible play out and how it’s all going to fit in only one more book! Woah! I’m still anxious from this story.
Mind games, delusions, mistrusts, and deception at its finest, Illusions of Evil will leave you begging for more!
I did not know what to expect since I went in blind, but since Lily is one of my go to authors i was not disappointed.
This is a tale of Father Jacob Hayley, Eve and Elijah. Its not your typical religious/cult read since its dark, twisted and kept me guessing till the end. Its not for the faint of heart.
I am jumping into part two right away.