Woman in the Mirror by Cathryn Grant (2 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out well enough.  You begin thinking Alex is the crazy, then you think it’s Noreen, then you think it’s both.  However, the book soon bogs down into Alex’s stream of consciousness style of narration, which is self-serving to the character but seems to go on forever and ever, mostly about her beauty and her buff body.  Also, did we really need to know in detail all the outfits and accessories Alex wears (and she changes three to four times a day)?

As for writing style, the time shifts between three distinct periods in Alex’s life, and the shift is not fluid.  There is also a third-person narration thrown in on occasion, which just adds more strangeness to the fluidity of the story.  There is a disconnection that causes the reader to stop and really think about the time period and the characters the author is writing about.

I didn’t care for any of the characters either.  Alex is portrayed as cold and calculating, and Jared is a wimp.  Seriously, if my landlady had bolted me in my bedroom, I’d be packing my things in a matter of minutes, not just warning her not to do it again.  Noreen’s “secret” at the end of the book was anti-climatic, but by that point I didn’t care anymore.  In the end, this book just didn’t deliver the suspense I was expecting.

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