There are some typographical errors and stylistic choices that feel odd as different timelines are introduced to explain the mirror. Its origins are fascinating if a bit inconsistent with how the rest of it progresses. I liked the Elizabethan sequence much better than the modern one, to be honest. Some of the modern characters aren't very likable. This isn't much of an issue when they die in gory, bloody ways so that the mirror can feed on their souls. Jonathan was very likable in the beginning, as were his employees that were the mirror's early victims. As the story progressed, the lack of characters to really care about bothered me; in a horror story, you need to care about someone surviving to the end, and it needs to feel as though justice was served. I'm still not sure if it was.
The powers that the mirror manifests changes as more people die, though it doesn't feel like a logical progression, only as a plot device. The air of menace around the mirror works best in the beginning of the book, actually. As Jonathan changes and more people are affected, it feels less like a creepy, supernatural mirror and more like a serial killer on a spree. There is still the supernatural element, but it seems to take a back seat to the hunt for more blood and souls to sacrifice. It's still a haunting read, and I kept wondering what would happen next. The ending, while it feels a bit abrupt, is appropriately sinister.
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MK French, reviewer. Born and raised in New York City, M.K. started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever
available formats: ebook and print (352 pages)
published: August 2016 by Tor Books
genres: horror, dark fantasy, paranormal suspense
a free book was provided for this review
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