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, Detective Steve Anderson, her old high school crush, is assigned to the case. He's asking Linda all sorts of questions - questions she 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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Linda grew up in an abusive household along with her four brothers and little sister, Elizabeth, who committed suicide six months ago. Everyone in the family has handled the death differently, and it (as well as behavior by her family) hit her hard. Lately, though, she's been having dreams about Elizabeth - and is even sure that she saw her one day while she was on her way home from work. Maybe it's the fact that Steve, a guy she once knew, has come back into her life, investigating a string of murders and believing, at least on some level, that Elizabeth did not die. Maybe it's the stress of the first family dinner (and holiday) since Elizabeth's death, and the fact that at least one of her brothers blames her for what happened. She's unsure, but things keep happening - time she can't remember, nightmares, and police officers that act like she's hiding something - all leading her to feel (and act) more guilty. Can she be the murderer? Or is Elizabeth still alive? Who would go through all of this trouble to make Linda look (and feel) guilty? I am a big fan of psychological thrillers, so when this was suggested to me, I decided to give it a go. The book description drew me in and the title of the novel had my brain working from the very first page, wondering how the two go together. As the story went on, though, it felt more like a cozy mystery with a little bit of paranormal thrown in, and the way things worked out just seemed a little too easy with "facts" that, up until the end, were just things Linda believed without much question. The characters are written well, and I enjoyed the fact that sometimes I wasn't sure if she should be trusting the person or not. (I went back and forth several times with who I thought was behind everything.) The two characters I liked the most were Mrs. Jensen and Don Shimon. Unfortunately, they were not actual characters in the story, but more like side people who had known the family once upon a time. I'm still not really sure what they were there for, other than the fact that we find out a lot of the background on the family - through memories and observations - from these two. For some reason, the family popped into their heads at some random time (or at least that's the way it seemed), and through that, we find out answers to some nagging questions, things that didn't make sense. Had they been actual characters in the story, I would have thought this was a great idea, but to just throw in two chapters (one for each) where they share all this information about what has happened in the past just seemed a little too easy. The two characters I disliked the most were the cops that questioned Linda. They really had no part in the story either, other than to play bad cop to Steve's smitten cop, and were also the cause of things being put into Linda's head, making her believe that she had done this. The attitude and behavior of the female one just seemed really off and uncomfortable... and, as the story continues towards the end, they seem like VERY secondary characters. (In fact, I was pretty convinced when we first meet the female cop that she was framing Linda - possibly being jealous about Steve's feelings for her - because the hatred of her seemed SO extreme that I couldn't think of any other reason why she would loathe someone she didn't even know.) The story itself has a lot of good points. Most specifically, the information dumps I spoke of above. They...
Linda can't eat or sleep and is plagued by vivid nightmares in which she sees men getting killed before reading about them in the paper. Detective Steve Anderson - Linda's high school crush and her sister Elizabeth's ex-boyfriend - seeks Linda out with the possibility that Elizabeth might be committing these crimes. The only problem is that Elizabeth died six months ago. Then Linda starts having blackouts and losing time. Could she herself have something to do with the deaths? "Mirror Image" is a combination of family drama and psychological suspense, with a slight supernatural element. The story is told mainly from Linda's perspective. However, the first chapter is told from the point-of-view of the victim, and there are a couple of chapters in which past acquaintances detail the strangeness of Elizabeth as a child. The author uses scent to great effect, as well as the recurring symbolism of mirrors and reflections. She deftly maintains the suspense throughout, constantly keeping you guessing as to the true identity of the serial killer. This one is sure to hold your attention from beginning to end. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/06/mirror-image-by-michele-pariza-wacek.html
This is a psychological thriller and suspense novel where men who frequent bars are no longer safe and could end up the next murder victim, bound and in their beds and butchered to death with a knife. Linda was born into a dark family of 8, which included herself, her parents, and her brothers, Peter, Mark, Mike, and Chad, as well as her younger sister Elizabeth. Linda and Chad were outsiders and seen as weak beings, bearing the brunt of physical attacks from their father, as well as their 3 other brothers. Growing up, Linda always saw the power that Elizabeth held not only within her family but with all men that came into her path. Linda also found that her power was used to torture Linda, whether it be ensuring that she was always blamed and beaten at home, or knowing that she could have any guy that Linda fancied. It has been six months since Elizabeth took her own life, and Linda is living in auto-pilot when Linda's high school crush, now detective Steve, has put the notion in her head that Elizabeth is the main suspect of their serial murder investigation. When the questions turn to near accusations, Linda and her friend Terri try to make sense of Linda's nightmares, the ongoing murder investigation, and its connection to her deceased sister. This is a haunting tale that I could not put down, not until I knew the full story of not only who the murderer was, but what brought about such violence. This tale challenges society's perceptions of who is deemed weak and who is deemed strong when faced with adversities. This is my first novel by Michele Pariza Wacek, and I will gladly read more of her books in the future.