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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Swift, deft, and balanced can best describe Mirror, Mirror by Jessica Jesinghaus, a spellbinding mix of murder and suspense. It has been almost 20 years since a teenage girl was murdered. Emily was raped and murdered at their home. Samantha Williams, her cousin, was young enough to understand the gruesome details of the crime, and her parents did everything to keep her from the gory details. But now things have changed, and working with the Portland Tribune, Sam has all the tools she needs to uncover the truth for herself. But there is a twist in the story, tilting towards the paranormal with a family heirloom, a table that once belonged to the victim, and the occasional visions caught through the mirror. But are the things Sam can see merely her own imagination or is there more to them?
Here is the perfect read, wonderfully paced, and as the reader gets to know the characters, their interest deepens and becomes sort of an obsession. It’s hard to stop reading as one follows the clues, trying to figure out who the murderer could be. The plot is the work of genius, masterfully executed, and Samantha is a protagonist whose role in the story is so well-developed that readers will feel like they are one with her, seeing the world through her eyes, and experiencing the powerful flood of emotions that she experiences. Jessica Jesinghaus has a gift for writing and there is a striking balance that comes out beautifully in the treatment of the different elements of the story — setting, plot, thematic development, and character. Mirror, Mirror is seductive, absorbing, and utterly delightful. A must-read for fans of thrillers and mystery.