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May 30, 2019

The Girl in the Mirror by Steven Ramirez ~ a Review

by MK French

While renovating a house with her ex-husband, Sarah Greene finds a mirror containing the spirit of a dead girl. It seems that the original owners had a son that worshipped the devil, and the girl hadn't died of natural causes. Sarah feels compelled to discover the truth about the girl, but that might lead to even more danger.

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The Girl in the Mirror
June 2019; Glass Highway; 978-1949108033
ebook, print (366 pages); thrillers
Sarah can see ghosts from the very beginning of the novel, and it's a part of her everyday life. We get to see her relationships with her ex, whom she works with and has a sort-of friends-with-benefits relationship with, her family members, and the priest she confesses to at her church. The oddities and creepy bits slowly enter the story as Sarah begins to investigate the family that had built the house she is renovating with the team of experts. It doesn't seem terribly out of place at first, and could very well be chalked up as ordinary events if I didn't know I was reading a book featuring ghosts and a decades-old murder mystery.

Because there is a mystery being unraveled over time as well as the mysterious mirror holding the ghost, a lot of the scenes make you doubt the allegiances of various characters and fear for Sarah's life. The more that gets uncovered, the more intense the tension gets. The finale is definitely cinematic and makes me feel like I'm watching a supernatural suspense movie. A lot of the threads were tied up fairly neatly for this story, and there are dangling questions left over at the end that lends itself well to this being the first in a series of novels starring Sarah.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French 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.

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