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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: The Book of Mirrors

The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publishes 2/21/27

If you like a slow burn, old school feel of a crime story, this book is for you. 


This book is in 3 parts. The first part is the manuscript that Peter Katz receives from Richard Flynn, that documents his time under the infamous Joseph Wieder. Wieder was murdered in his own home and the case was never solved. The manuscript stops short and Peter wonders if Richard's memoir is presented as a confession or not. The second part introduces John Keller, the journalist Katz hires to research the murder and who tracks down people closest to the professor in order to piece the story together. He manages to track down a police detective assigned to the original case, Roy Freeman, who has early onset Alzheimer's. A reminder of this case propels him to go back into the case and try to solve it before his mind fights back.

Sometimes you go into a book thinking it's going to be a certain way and it turns out to be another. This wasn't the typical thriller that I am used to reading. It's a bit of a slow burn, crime case. What was great about this book was it's old school, solve a mystery feel. It's nice to see the different perspectives in the various steps it took to try and solve this mystery. However, I was expecting something completely different so was a little taken aback. It was a bit too slow of a burn for me and I found my mind wandering a lot throughout the story. If you like that old school, investigative, multiple POV type crime story, this is definitely a good one to pick up. If you're looking for something more fast paced, then I would say this story isn't for you.

The lesson here for me is that you really need to know what you're walking into.  Had I expected a different type of book, I may have enjoyed this a bit more.  While sometimes walking into one differently is a surprise, unfortunately it just didn't quite hit the love button for me this go around.    

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