Mirror Image: In an auction house in London, there is a mirror no one will buy. Standing seven feet tall and reaching four feet across, its size makes it unusual. Its horrific powers make it extraordinary. For centuries, the mirror has fed off of the lives of humans, giving them agonizing deaths and sucking their souls into its hellish world.
When Jonathan Frazer, the wealthy owner of a furniture and antiques shop in Los Angeles, buys the mirror at an auction, he believes he is getting the bargain of a lifetime. With its age and size, it is easily worth eight times what he paid for it. At this point, the mirror has sat dormant for years. But within days of Jonathan’s purchase, the deaths begin again. One employee is crushed when the mirror falls on top of him. A few days later, the corpse of another is found in front of the mirror, brutally stabbed. A third is burned beyond all recognition. All the while, an enormous man with a scarred face is following Jonathan, demanding that he give him the mirror and killing any police officer that gets in his way.
The police are becoming desperate. As the death toll rises, Jonathan himself becomes a suspect. He knows there is something wrong with the mirror. He knows it’s dangerous. But he cannot bring himself to get rid of it. Everyday he becomes more captivated by the mirror.
For the mirror is awakening, and its powers are resurfacing. – Goodreads
Mirror Image Review
Mirror Image is a deeply disturbing and completely fascinating study of the power of blood and sex and our fascination with the power of reflection. As intriguing as it is repulsive, Mirror Image is a near perfect entry into the evil mirror horror trope. A mirror with terrifying powers that can ensnare, control, and kill. It’s very presence immediately sets dark events into motion. One that feeds on blood and semen, and will not let itself be destroyed.
Mirror image was a slow burn of a novel. Even though violent deaths begin to happen almost immediately, it takes a while for the book to truly hook you. At first the allure is simply fondness for the trope, though it does primarily appear in movies instead of books. The descent into madness for the main character was what drew me in, I think. It starts happening fairly swiftly, but it’s not like Frazer just suddenly goes crazy. There’s definitely an escalation that makes sense, as the mirror’s powers build.
This is a hard book to review, simply because its hard to explain the allure of it. Mirror Image breaks no new ground. The characters are, well, fairly cliché, all things considered. The hard-nosed detective, the crazy dude, the scarred man, the innocent girl. Honestly, even the included flashbacks only contain one truly unexpected element. However, the difference is that the authors managed to successfully use the elements to craft a story that keeps your attention.
The only part I didn’t like was the explanation of the mirror’s powers. I’d rather it been left a mystery. It was scarier that way.
Mirror Image is not a book for the squeamish, or the sexually prudish. It doesn’t shy away from any topic, and it pushes the reader’s boundaries on how much they’re willing to read about certain things. It is not a book for everyone. I can see it easily being a love/hate book. It’s definitely an interesting read, and really quite uncomfortably fun.
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