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What would you believe when your eyes don't know what's real? Norah and Dean lead a simple, uneventful life. They seem like just a couple of ordinary people... They're not. And not because they were found wandering along the banks of the river, supposedly the only survivors of a ferry accident almost twenty years ago - orphans no one ever claimed... Not because they went aw What would you believe when your eyes don't know what's real? Norah and Dean lead a simple, uneventful life. They seem like just a couple of ordinary people... They're not. And not because they were found wandering along the banks of the river, supposedly the only survivors of a ferry accident almost twenty years ago - orphans no one ever claimed... Not because they went away with the circus when they were thirteen and never looked back... And not even because they're about to become the prime suspects in a murder... The victim, Max Moran, dedicated his life to magic... First to creating the illusion of it, then to tearing it down... And yet one question still haunted him until the day he died... The same question Detective Trey Weatherly would be stumbling upon when awakened in the middle of the night to go check out a body at the beach. He should have known better than to think it would be a simple case. No identification to be found, no clues... Nothing but a weapon of opportunity and the lid from a film canister... Now Trey is faced with something he doesn't understand - or quite believe. When surrounded by illusions, there is only one way to be sure for as much as our eyes can deceive us, cameras tell no lies...


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What would you believe when your eyes don't know what's real? Norah and Dean lead a simple, uneventful life. They seem like just a couple of ordinary people... They're not. And not because they were found wandering along the banks of the river, supposedly the only survivors of a ferry accident almost twenty years ago - orphans no one ever claimed... Not because they went aw What would you believe when your eyes don't know what's real? Norah and Dean lead a simple, uneventful life. They seem like just a couple of ordinary people... They're not. And not because they were found wandering along the banks of the river, supposedly the only survivors of a ferry accident almost twenty years ago - orphans no one ever claimed... Not because they went away with the circus when they were thirteen and never looked back... And not even because they're about to become the prime suspects in a murder... The victim, Max Moran, dedicated his life to magic... First to creating the illusion of it, then to tearing it down... And yet one question still haunted him until the day he died... The same question Detective Trey Weatherly would be stumbling upon when awakened in the middle of the night to go check out a body at the beach. He should have known better than to think it would be a simple case. No identification to be found, no clues... Nothing but a weapon of opportunity and the lid from a film canister... Now Trey is faced with something he doesn't understand - or quite believe. When surrounded by illusions, there is only one way to be sure for as much as our eyes can deceive us, cameras tell no lies...

10 review for Smoke and Mirrors: Cameras Tell No Lies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather Doughty

    I was excited to read this book. The back cover had a great tease written on it. Then I started reading. Very disappointing. The writer's use of narrative is very confusing. The voice switches between characters sometimes every paragraph, sometimes mid-paragraph. It makes it hard to know the point of view. I found the dialogue to be juvenile. The "banter" between characters seemed like it would play better on tv than how it is written. The main question of the book is about the innocence of the tw I was excited to read this book. The back cover had a great tease written on it. Then I started reading. Very disappointing. The writer's use of narrative is very confusing. The voice switches between characters sometimes every paragraph, sometimes mid-paragraph. It makes it hard to know the point of view. I found the dialogue to be juvenile. The "banter" between characters seemed like it would play better on tv than how it is written. The main question of the book is about the innocence of the two focus characters, but this is never answered. We know more about the supporting characters than we do about the two focus characters. This left a bad taste in my mouth at the end. The most annoying part was at the denouement. Once again, the voice switched from one character to another. But the second character had never been named. All of a sudden, he had a name. I had to re-read that a few times to follow what the author just did. I suppose if you are going to the beach or have a long cross country plane flight, this is perfect to read. You don't need to be very invested in it, your concentration can be broken, and you'll make it through quickly. The last thing I want to say is that I think this writer shows some promise. If she had had an editor or mentor that could have really gone through and edited this story, it could be something great. It reminded me of my academic writing classes. I had all sorts of comments swirling in my head that would make this a real winner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura May

    The author sent me this book after I reviewed her last one, 'Grace', to see whether I'd like this one despite its completely different tone and genre. As you'll probably gather from my 5 star rating, I did. I found it a little cold to start with, but by about 20% of the way through I was hooked and couldn't wait to read the rest. Characters are thoughtfully composed, dialogue is entertaining, and the story-line gallops along. I wouldn't normally go for a mystery-style/detective book, but I'm sta The author sent me this book after I reviewed her last one, 'Grace', to see whether I'd like this one despite its completely different tone and genre. As you'll probably gather from my 5 star rating, I did. I found it a little cold to start with, but by about 20% of the way through I was hooked and couldn't wait to read the rest. Characters are thoughtfully composed, dialogue is entertaining, and the story-line gallops along. I wouldn't normally go for a mystery-style/detective book, but I'm starting to think that anything by this author is worth a read. I'm looking forward to part two in the series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ivana

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  5. 5 out of 5

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Lane Christy

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Evans

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise Edmondson

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  10. 5 out of 5

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