Murder Mystery Novel to Be Released by Young Hasidic Female Author

Murder Mystery Novel to Be Released by Young Hasidic Female Author 
"Shattered Illusions" Hits Bookstands May 23rd 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/13 --  Imagine that four
complete strangers witness a murder, yet each is convinced that he is
the only one who saw exactly what happened. Each witness's history
and life experiences skew the way in which he views that day's
events. The police must now piece together four different versions of
the same event in order to determine who committed the murder and
This is the plot of Leigh Hershkovich's novel, "Shattered Illusions."
Sam, the proprietor of a local cafe is shot dead in the street in the
middle of the night. The traumas of each witness, whether physical,
psychological or emotional, deeply affect their perceptions of life,
coloring the way they see and interpret everything. The reader is
taken on a journey through each character's past, in order to fully
understand how they developed their deeply-rooted belief systems, and
how they affected the witnesses' perceptions and reactions to the
One of the witnesses describes how the murder unfolded and his
instinctive reaction to it: 
"The scene seemed to take hours, not seconds. Finally, the weapon
discharged, and everything sped up. Sam was on the floor, Sarah
kneeling beside him, the killer gone, their screams piercing the
night. I ducked down, covering my eyes, trying to erase what they had
just seen. 
"I am no less a murderer than the man who pulled the trigger that
night. My selfishness and desire to stay alive caused the life of a
young man to be lost. He had so much to live for, such a young man
with such brave ambitions." 
As the story progresses, it becomes clear to the reader why this
witness blames himself for an act he did not commit nor could have
Although this genre-bending novel is categorized as a mystery, it
contains a heavy dose of psychological fiction as well. Each
individual tries to understand and come to terms with the role they
played in their experiences, attempts to make amends with the people
they hurt in the process, and tries to change their lives for the
better. Each step brings us closer to revealing Sam's murderer and
the motivation behind the crime. 
Leigh Hershkovich stands out as a murder mystery novelist. She began
writing her novel at the age of 17 and completed it at the age of 20.
Raised in a family where she was surrounded by mental health
professionals, she was inspired to write about dramas rich in
emotional and psychological angles. A Hasidic Jew herself,
Hershkovich included a character from an Orthodox Jewish home.  
Hershkovich is currently working on her next work of fiction and is
planning to attend university.  
"Shattered Illusions" is due out the week of May 23rd, 2013, and will
be available at Barnes and Noble and  
Follow Hershkovich on Facebook and on her website  
For more information on "Shattered Illusions" or to schedule an
interview with its author Leigh Herkovich, please call YQ Media at
515-966-4889 or email 
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Telephone: 515-966-4889
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