Illusions of Paradise


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
418 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2018
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Author Biography

Pat McKanic is the owner of Pat McKanic & Associates, LLC, a diversified communications company specializing in public relations, marketing, media training, and executive and business coaching. The ADDY Award-winning writer is a former print and broadcast journalist, who has worked for a number of news organizations, including newspapers in the Caribbean, and The Wall Street Journal. The Certified Life Coach enjoys reading, writing, traveling and creating art on canvas. She is currently working on the next book in a planned series featuring lovable and determined protagonist Toni Jackson.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Illusions of Paradise by Pat McKanic is a murder mystery with plenty of sass. Toni Jackson is a newspaper reporter working on the beautiful island of San SayPaz, an island of white beaches, blue seas and palm trees. Everything is going swimmingly for Toni, especially her relationship with Detective Tolliver, but things are about to go wrong. A woman is murdered, and all the clues point to Tolliver’s boss having something to do with it. The evidence in the case has gone walkabout and the crime lord who was charged has now been released – who is covering up and what? Toni steps up to unearth the truth, but when her news sources start dying she leaves San SayPaz. However, although she runs, she can’t hide, and someone is coming for her. Nobody is who they seemed to be, and Toni has got to find out the truth before it is too late.

Illusions of Paradise by Pat McKanic is a remarkable story in a wonderful setting. The story jumps straight in with both feet and it was one of the hardest books I have had to read – I couldn’t work out who the murderer was until Ms. McKanic chose to reveal it! Romance mixed with suspense and murder makes the perfect backdrop for this story and the descriptive nature transports you straight to the island. The characters are exceptionally well developed, leaving you with no illusions about who they are and what makes them tick. They are easy characters to identify with and they fit the story perfectly, a story that has a winding, twisting plot with lots of surprises along the way. I really enjoyed this book and I hope there is going to be another one.

E. Heathington

This was an intriguing read from start to finish!!! The twists and turns threw me for a loop and I was not able to figure it out until it was revealed. Can't wait for the next one. E. Heathington, Amazon.com 5-Star review

Janet Gibson

Pat McKanic artfully weaves a tale of murderous suspense and hot romance in Illusions of Paradise. The characters are masterfully formed...and not everyone who they initially seem. A fun read. Hard to put down.
Janet, Amazon 5-Star review

Gloria S.

If you're looking for suspense, adventure and romance, this is the book for you. The island setting is vivid, and I swear that I felt the ocean breeze while reading Illusions of Paradise. This book is a page turner. I thought I knew what the end was going to be but, I was totally surprised. Great book!
Gloria, Amazon 5-Star review

Shameca Kelley

Two words describe this book...MIND BLOWING! This might be one of the best books I've ever read.
Shameca Kelley, Facebook review

Brittany Nicole Simmons

I love this book-especially the characters Jamey and Toni! Even in the midst of uncertainty and chaos, their love for one another is undeniable! FB review

Janet Griffin

Thank you for sharing your gift with us! Facebook family this book is a MUST have.
Janet Griffin

Silvia A Gaines

As an avid murder mystery reader, I was excited to read this book. The story seemed to focus mostly on the love story between the newsreporter Toni Jackson and Detective Tolliver until Ms. McKanic beautifully intertwined their story with the murder! The characters were well developed and made me feel as if I not only knew them personally but also lived their story with them. Part two of the book really showcased Ms. McKanic's writing talent and attention to detail. There were many surprises, twists and turns that came to a climactic conclusion. I will say that I felt the ending was a bit rushed but overall, it was an excellent read and I look forward to the next book from Me. McKanic!