“Illusion is a fantastic, chilling tale about growing up. It has you spellbound from the first line until the very last page.” Dennis Lehane
Samuel has always been an outsider. Before his mother died she got him in to a psychologist. Even she though ...
“Illusion is a fantastic, chilling tale about growing up. It has you spellbound from the first line until the very last page.”
Samuel has always been an outsider. Before his mother died she got him in to a psychologist. Even she thought he was strange - abnormal. But now Samuel is tired of being different. With Slipknot on the highest volume in his iPod and a knife in one coat pocket, he boards the Gotland Ferry that will take him and his class on the obligatory class trip. The last thing they will do together in ninth grade. The last thing before they go their separate ways. The last thing Samuel will do - ever.
Ika is the mother of Emilie, the pretty, popular blonde in the class. The night before the class trip Emilie’s teacher calls and asks Ika to join them. The parent who was supposed to go suddenly had to cancel. Ika sees her opportunity, a few days together with her daughter on Gotland, where she can show Emelie that she is a cool mom who doesn’t meddle too much. Perhaps their relationship can be better if Emelie will only see that Ika is there for her?
Illusion is a psychological thriller about a class heading for catastrophe. First time novelist Karina Berg Johansson incisively illustrates the group dynamics in the teen gang, and the unseeing teachers who prefer to affirm the roles of the students in the class instead of seeing what really goes on.
In the story, Samuel is the voice from inside the teen gang - despite fighting to be an outsider, and Ika is the observer, the eye that discovers that what you see at first sight might be just an illusion.
Age: 12-15 years