Mirror, Mirror by Jessica Jesinghaus is the mystery of murdered women. Police didn’t even connect the series of deaths until Oregon Tribune reporter, Sam, short for Samantha, finds a link between them.
Mirror, Mirror synopsis (without spoilers, I hope)
The tale begins when Sam covers a routine multiple car accident. A tractor trailer lost its cargo, causing a 5 car pile-up. Two people died in when a fire destroyed their vehicle and others were injured, including her best friend and roommate, Jen.
Sam and the police officer who responds to the crash, Joe Torrance, have a pretty good relationship, which works out later in the novel, when Sam meets his partner, Patrick Logan. Soon, Sam and Patrick fall in love and, within 6 months he proposes. By then, Sam and Jen have moved into the house Sam bought. They furnished the house with stuff from their old apartment, along with some cast-offs from her grandmother’s basement.
That’s when Sam discovers the mirror originally belonging to her cousin, who was viciously murdered 20 years earlier, has it’s own tales to tell. It shows the murder of her cousin, as well as that of the killer’s newest victim. Jen and Patrick feel Sam is in danger and do everything they can to keep her alive.
As Sam’s relationship with Patrick deepens, Jen is never treated like a third wheel, which I really like. People should keep their friends and enrich both relationships with them. However, Jen soon has her own love interest, Sam’s editor Tony. The coincidence that Tony dated Sam’s cousin and was under suspicion for her death is a little too pat for me.
I don’t want to spoil this lovely book by giving you more details — you need to read it for yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mirror, Mirror. It was a fast-paced thriller with lots of plot twists and turns, that I love. It’s a page turner and, one night, I was up until the wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t put it down. I liked her characters and really cared about Sam and Jen, which is really important in a thriller. Otherwise, why would you want to read about what happened to them.
The plot is believable, if you suspend your disbelief that a mirror can convey images from another place and time. But, that’s what makes it a fantasy. Jessica never pretends it’s real or tries to explain away how the images appear. I think that’s a valid device. I was able to figure out who the killer was about 1/2 way through the book, but still enjoyed learning what would happen to Sam, then Jen and Tony.
That said, I think Jessica did a good job with the novel. I did find it a little linear for my tastes, but everybody looks for different things when they read. I like little digressions to obscure the plot a little.
I also would have liked to learn a little about the characters, but Jessica didn’t provide much backstory on any of them, except Sam. I think backstory enriches the characters, adding depth, which approximates real life.
Overall, I’d give the book 4.5 out of 5 stars.