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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles


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Ella McKaye has always been close to her Grandmother. So when she passes away, Ella is devastated The funeral is barely over when she finds out that in addition to a large monetary inheritance, she has also inherited a rundown Mansion named Grey Manor. A Mansion that once belonged to her Grandmother, although Ella herself had never known of its existence.

Before Ella has time to process this information, she is involved in a fight with her greedy (and immature) mother, who is furious to learn that the will stipulates that Ella is to share nothing of her inheritance with her. In a rage, Ella's mother demands that Ella leave immediately, leaving Ella with no choice but to take up residence immediately in the old Mansion.

Regardless of how she came to be there, Ella tries to make the best of her situation, taking in a stray kitten and hiring someone to come in and make all the necessary repairs to the Mansion right away. Things seem to be working out for Ella, until the old mirror in the hallway begins showing her ghastly images of a young woman's death. A woman that looks strangely like Ella. After being involved in two nearly fatal accidents in nearly as many days, Ella begins to wonder if she's angered the spirits of the house, or if the ghosts are merely trying to warn her?

My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Smooth flowing, Mirror of Shadows grabs your attention almost immediately, and the twists and turns as the book unfolds, will keep you from putting it down until the very end. The characters are interesting, and well developed, each with their own motives for doing the things that they do.

The ending had a surprise twist that I did not expect, however the only negative thing I can say about this book is the "fast forwarding" of the ending. I would have liked there to be more details surrounding the killer's arrest.

Aside from that, the book was a quick and enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.

 DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Mirror of Shadows in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

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