by Michele Pariza Wacek
GENRE: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
PAGES: eBook, 237 pages
PUBLISHED: 27 May 2016
SOURCE: Copy provided in exchange for an honest review
Organized by: Worldwind Virtual Book Tours
Which would be worse, knowing that your dead sister has come back to life and is now a serial killer or that someone else is the killer….and that person is you?
Six months after Linda’s sister Elizabeth killed herself, Linda has finally gotten her life back to some semblance of normalcy. Until a killer appears who is stalking men … a killer who resembles Elizabeth … a killer who seems somehow familiar to Linda.
And, to make matters worse, Steve, her old high school crush and now a detective, is assigned to this case. He’s asking Linda all sorts of questions, questions Linda couldn’t possibly have an answer to.
There’s no reason for him to be investigating Linda. She couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this.
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When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.
As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.
Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first novel, a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery called “The Stolen Twin” and her second novel “Mirror Image’” is set to be published in May 2016) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.
She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
I am a huge fan of mystery/thrillers and most especially ones with psychological factors and shenanigans and this book is everything I didn’t straightout expect.
First, the writing had a calm aura throughout the book and ironically, it’s that one factor that makes you skippy the entire time. What’s happening? Who’s there? Why is this happening? What did just happened?!?! The entire world is going round and round and you have no idea what to do because everything looks so calm on the surface.
Next, the characters. Let me tell you this. Linda being who she is made this book exciting. Elizabeth being who she is made this book perfect. But I’ll start with the boys. Chad is charming as a puppy but honestly, I couldn’t quite connect to him that much. Steve is that one person you can’t quite get over with but at the same time, you don’t know how to deal with the fact that he’s back in your life. Literally in the middle of getting mad and excited for everything. He’s that one person you can’t stop thinking of what-ifs. He’s that one person that you swore you would never let affect you the same way he did before but somehow, he broke your promise to yourself. He’s the storm that you were not warned about then suddenly a huge wave of emotions stand before you and you have no other choice but to deal. He’s that one chaos you’re trying to run away from only to find out that it’s all a paradox and he’s the serenity you’ve been chasing the entire time.
At this point, am I allowed to say that Linda’s family is absurdly crazy. Like, seriously, where do these people get that kind of attitude? What’s is wrong with these people? Violence is not an answer but it sure does create more problems.
We all deal with pain differently. We grieve in our own ways. Some self-destruct, some get help, some get lost, some keep it all inside. Sometimes, people mix it all up and end up just destroying themselves. Sometimes, the strong gives up and becomes astray, vulnerable to wicked intentions of the people around them. Grief makes people do unthinkable things.
Linda is a strong woman who built up strenght from within, mainly because she had no other choice. It is survival for her.
Now, I don’t really understand Elizabeth’s case and I hope it was explained right before the climax started going off or something.
But here comes my real problem. The climax. You see, this is a highly important part of the book, especially with mystery/thriller. You can’t just drop it all in one go. All I’m saying is that the climax was kinda anti-climatic. There was a good build-up and turn out, all in all, but I just wish it was kinda dragged out a little with a little more action and secrets and revelations and the like, you know what I mean. I was literally left hanging there. You know that feeling when everything happened so fast that you didn’t even realise that it’s all over? And then you just feel empty because you don’t really feel like it’s done yet but it is and you’re just standing there like an idiot?
I mean, I guess that has charms but I really feel empty – like something was taken away from me or that I feel like something huge is mising inside me.
I need more details and action about the climax guys. HALPPPPPPPPPPPPP
Mirror Image is written in third person, with changing point-of-views for every chapter, but most of the time, it’s in Linda’s. Honestly, I loved this feature of the book. Kind of given the reader a somewhat 360-degree outlook on what’s happening because it includes what outsiders think of the family.
All in all, this is a great book with just enough scare and suspense and what-on-earth-is-really-going-on???. There is a subtle romance that doesn’t overpower the thriller and suspense and you just know it’s going to happen in another story. The characters are strong and comfortable in their own element which makes it easy to read. In every insane situation, there is logical explanation and I like how that was dragged throughout the book most especially by Terri. Seriously, give the girl a medal for being a true bestfriend throughout the entire book. I really wish the climax was given a little more action and everything but it’s also fine the way it is. Grief affects people differently. And some people don’t let it rule over them, some people have found themselves before it, and some find themselves after it. In the end, there are things that are beyond our control and what’s important is to deal with it without leaving ourselves behind with the past.
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