“The Book of Mirrors” by E.O. Chirovici
288 pages, Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Expected publication date: Feb. 21, 2017 (first published Jan. 26, 2017, by Century)
“The Book of Mirrors” is the story of a partial book manuscript and the truths and lies it uncovers about a brutal murder. That’s my nutshell synopsis.
The rest of my review is brief as well, because honestly I’ve ruminated over this book after finishing it three days ago and I’m still not sure what I took away from it. It’s a unique “who-dun-it” novel, but parts of it were so slow and tedious I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish it. It really does pick up near the end, but the exposition seemed sloppy. By the time I found out who killed Professor Wieder, I honestly didn’t care all that much that my theory had been wrong. So I guess I have to give Chirovici credit for not taking a predictable route, although maybe at some point I just mentally checked out and missed the obvious.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
Eugen O. Chirovici had a career in mass-media, running a national daily newspaper and then a TV news channel. He has published over 1,000 articles in Romania and abroad. He currently holds three honorary doctorates (in Economics, Communication & History) and is a member of the Romanian Academy of Science. He is the recipient of several prizes for journalism. He lives in both the UK and New York City.
Bio courtesy of the author’s Goodreads profile