Monday, November 27, 2017

Review of The Fraud or Miracle Trilogy by Christoph Fischer

I had previously read one novel by Christoph Fischer but there were a number of others on my to-be-read list. When The Fraud or Miracle Trilogy by Christoph Fischer (November 2017) was published, I had a chance to read three at the same time. And this turned out to be a good choice, as the the novels come across best  when read together.

The first book in the trilogy is The Healer, which introduces a mysterious ‘healer’ by the name of Arpan. Is he the real thing, or is he a fraud? That is what advertising executive Erica, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, must determine. Arpan may be her last real hope, if he can truly heal her.

The second book is The Gambler. Accountant Ben comes into a lot of money by winning the lottery. In the aftermath of his big win, he makes two new friends. Mirco is a charismatic Russian gambler who shows Ben that the good life is possible, if you aren’t afraid to walk on the wild side. And then there is Wendy, a gorgeous stewardess who is interested in Ben not because of his wealth, but because he is at heart a good person. Or so it seems. Ben begins to wonder if he can trust Mirco and Wendy. Are they truly his good friends? Which one of them is actually telling the truth, or are they both after the same thing?

The final novel in the trilogy is The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac. I hadn’t realized when I purchased the books that there would be a connection between them, but this final novel brings everything together. The characters and the plot – with new twists and turns – explain what has already taken place but also raise new questions in the process.

The bottom line is that I came away with the impression that the author is a masterful storyteller. There is suspense and romance, mysticism and deceit, and the reader is kept glued to the page. After finishing this trilogy, I realize that I have many other Christoph Fischer books I must add to my to-be-read list!

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. After living in Hamburg, he moved to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family. Fischer is the author of historical, contemporary and suspense fiction.

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