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Laurie Norlander is a new to me author. But I was very intrigued by the title and description of the book - Mirror Images- when I chose it to review.
From the book's description:
They say seeing is believing... What if they’re wrong?
That's Maddy's dilemma when she sees her volatile ex-boyfriend at his identical twin's funeral. It's the first of many surprises as Maddy quickly discovers nothing is as it seems in the close-knit community of Churchill, Wisconsin. Despite lingering feelings for Nic, Maddy’s skeptical of claims that his millionaire brother committed suicide. Her suspicions turn to horror when Maddy stumbles across evidence the man was murdered - and Nic may be responsible.
Maddy's search for truth plays out against the backdrop of small town politics and a personal struggle with doubt. When a second tragedy tangles Maddy in a web of danger and betrayal, how far will she go to unmask the killer?
Mirror Images is a riveting romantic suspense novel woven with insights on friendship, forgiveness, and the power of faith.
So I began reading the book with high hopes. But I was soon to be disappointed.
Although the book is written in first person from Madison's perspective, we don't get to know her or the other characters very well at all. I didn't feel like they were developed well. And it always frustrates me to read a book when I can't identify with the characters.
But I thought at least the mystery and intrigue would hold me, make me want to keep reading to find out what happens. And I have to admit that the story was set well in the beginning to capture my attention. But even that intrigue wasn't enough to make me want to keep reading.
The story was rambling and somewhat difficult to follow. Things would happen that just didn't seem to make sense in light of other information we had from previous events. This made the story line very choppy and hard to keep up with.
I didn't feel like the book was really a "romantic suspense novel" either. Throughout most of the book, Madison (rarely called Maddy in the book) hates the primary male character. And when her feelings for him are revealed, the change is very abrupt and doesn't fit very well.
Although I began with high hopes, I just couldn't like this one. I give it two stars and a PG for content (there is reference to murder and suicide but not graphic descriptions).
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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