Delusion is very much a novel of suspense. We follow the character Nell Jarreau as new evidence over the murder of her boyfriend, who was killed twenty years ago, is brought to light. Even though this case was such a long time ago, Nell now has a gentle detective as her husband. She is thrown back into circumstances she thought she had laid to rest. The man she helped to convict is now free.
Things change as does Nell’s feelings- her daughter is growing up and has reached an age where communication between them is rare. Even Clay, her husband, seems unable to comfort Nell and help her this time.
She meets up with Lee Ann, a reporter for Belle Ville Guardian, who asks what Nell feels about Alvin DuPree being free, the man she convicted. They are soon embroiled into a mystery together and meet up with a man named Mr Ferris. He could help solve this puzzle - yet they aren’t too sure when they come face to face with Ferris or “Nappy” as this armed man calls himself.
Later shots are fired and Nell is glad to be safe in the company of her husband. Yet she wonders, does he know something about this case that I don’t?
She also suspects daughter, Norah, of knowing something more. Yet whenever she tries to talk to her, Norah shrugs her off and tells her to go away. Matters aren’t helped much by the fact Norah regards Clay, her step Dad, as “he’s the Man”. She cannot accept he is
a father figure and tries to argue this case with Nell.
Characters are not really what I would call likable and the plot was a little slow-paced for me with hardly much in the line of suspense as the front cover boasts.
I couldn’t really build up much of an association with Nell and certainly could not understand her daughter who struck me as a bit of a moody young woman. When the suspense really did start to build up, it was only much later. And even when it finished, I was still not 100% sure who was the supposed villain in all of this.
I have read far better then this “suspense” book unfortunately. There are better out there but of course, it is upto the individual as to what he or she thinks.
The above review was contributed by: Jessica Roberts:Jessica is a book reviewer for a local newspaper and has reviewed for a national women's magazine too. She has had various articles published in magazines and has now completed her novel. Jessica currently lives in West Yorkshire and enjoys walking in the dales and woodlands as part of her hobby as well as, of course, reviewing books. To read more of Jessica's reviews CLICK HERE