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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mirror on the Soul: The First Nathen Turner Novel is a supernatural novel written by Andrew Langley. Nathen Turner is a professional medium; he brings solace to the bereaved and seems to know intuitively why his customers are seeking his assistance. While he’s aware of the murky morality of his profession, he’s able to assuage his conscience with the thought that he brings comfort and closure to his clients. His week-long vacation in Las Vegas was topped by two successful consultations, both of which left him with more money than he had hoped for. After a brief stop at his favorite Western attire store, he boarded a plane bound for his home in Whitby, England. When he’s discovered holding the hand of his older female seatmate, after some particularly troubling air turbulence, by the air stewardess, he’s perplexed by her sudden attack of hilarity. He’s even more puzzled when she gives him her number and asks him to call her. This kind of thing never happens to him.
Andrew Langley’s supernatural mystery, Mirror on the Soul, is an absorbing and frighteningly good read. Nathen Turner is what he is, and the reader can’t deny that he’s good at what he does. I particularly enjoyed seeing how he reads his clients for cues and clues as part of his strategy for appearing to have psychic abilities. While the gadgets he uses to create ghostly tapping and measure spiritual essence are undoubtedly dodgy, his ability to gather data and interpret it so well reminded me quite strongly of the skills that made the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, such an inspired consulting detective. Mirror on the Soul is atmospheric and chilling, as one might expect with the author’s decision to base his hero in the town where Stoker’s Victorian classic, Dracula, was set. Langley’s plot is gripping and original, and his characters, especially Nathen Turner and his dog Kyle, are unforgettable. I had a marvelous time reading Mirror on the Soul, and I highly recommend it.