Book review: Love Illusion by Chineka Williams

Posted August 24, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control. 

Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way. 

Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love. 

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Chineka Williams tells the story of Lucy, young woman trying to escape from her ex. Charles is very jellous and always tries to control Lucy. But Lucy is very independent and doesn’t want to be controlled. So when she leaves him, Charles freaks out. He starts to stalk her, to call her all the time, begs her to start over. But it is time to move on.

At the same time, Lucy’s best friend Jade is getting married. She prepares for her honeymoon, it’s the best time in her life, but she is also worried to leave Lucy alone. Knowing that Lucy’s ex-boyfriend isn’t coping well with the breakup, she feels strongly protective over her friend.

Charles doesn’t like to be abandoned. He also has problems with alcoholism that start to get out of control. Lucy doesn’t feel safe near him any more. Can he admit that it’s over when it’s over?

When I started this book I was expecting much more drama. Running away from a stalking boyfriend usually brings more tension and more nail-biting moments. This time it wasn’t the case. The whole story is told from narrator’s point of view, and what is really lacking is direct speech. There are very few direct conversations between the characters, everything is just narration of the story. Some scenes are too detailed, some are not detailed at all. But what I really liked here were the characters themselves. Lucy is a nice young woman, very creative, clever, independent, with goals in her life.  Jade is her best friend and she is always there for her friend with her advice, even if that means leaving her own honeymoon. I really liked their friendship and their connection. Overall, the story has an interesting plot and interesting characters. Good job from a debut author.

My rating: 7/10



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