The Ritual of Illusion

By Richard Christian Matheson

Rating: 3 stars

This novella has an unusual format, being in the form of fragmented interviews about a film star who has recently disappeared in mysterious circumstances, following a brief, but stellar career.

The story certainly makes the reader work to tease out the truth behind the disappearance (and presumed death) of Sephanie Vamore, as you try and untangle the distorted and sometimes contradictory evidence provided by Hollywood people, all with their own axe to grind. And how does Vamore’s life tie in to a mysterious book from Jewish legend?

Frankly, I still don’t have much in the way of answers to these questions. I enjoyed the book more than I was expecting, but a combination of a warm day, drowsiness and a headache means that I probably didn’t put in the effort required to get maximum benefit from this short book. Still, it’s short enough that it’d be quick enough to read again.

Book details

ISBN: 9781848633193
Publisher: PS Publishing
Year of publication: 2013

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