Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Review: DELUSIONAL by Scott Spotson

Original Goodreads review posted on Jan 02, 2014.

"Don’t believe everything you see! When rising marketing executive Patricia Fowler falls for Paul Blast, a married co-worker, she tries to put her life into perspective—a task that becomes increasingly difficult when she starts having eerie hallucinations. Patricia’s dreams of a happily ever after turn into one nightmare after another as she battles threats that go beyond her imagination. Is her new love behind the torment? After all, his former girlfriend ended up in an asylum. Or could Paul’s wife be more than a bored, spoiled, rich girl? Meanwhile, the FBI is trying to track down a thief who magically appears and disappears, taking priceless gems and artwork with her."
—Amazon Plot Description

Delusional has a slow start, introducing us to the principle characters through lengthy backstories that may be a bit tedious and boring for some readers. I'm a fairly patient reader and was able to get through these sections at a good pace. The slow start does compel me to reduce the book's rating slightly, but I highly recommend that readers not let this discourage them, because the narrative does pick up speed and become an exciting ride for anyone who loves romance and intrigue. And the backstories do serve a purpose, allowing us to explore and understand the characters' personalities and motivations.

Scott Spotson plotted this story in painstaking detail. The progression of the main characters's romance is believable and heartfelt, the mysteries and clues all come together seamlessly, and my attention never wavered thanks to the gripping cliff-hangers and revelations. The excitement and suspense ultimately leads to a riveting climax. I give Delusional 4 out of 5 stars.

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"Scott Spotson is a novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story. He likes to invent "what if?" scenarios, for example, what if I could go back to my university days, and what would I do differently? What if I could switch bodies with friends I am jealous of, like the guy who sold his software for millions of dollars and does whatever he pleases? What if I had the power to create clones of myself to do my bidding? Scott then likes to mentally insert himself into these situations, then plot a way to "get out" back to reality. This is how "Life II" and "Seeking Dr. Magic" were born, within weeks of each other. He's still working on dreaming up a situation where he gets to smash a pie in the face of his boss, with no justification whatsoever - how to get out of that one?"
—Amazon Author Biography


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