Review: “The Book of Mirrors”


“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)

ISBN: 1501141546

“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.


2.5 stars


About the author

Also writes under Eugen O. Chirovici and Eugen Ovidiu Chirovici.

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

10 thoughts on “Review: “The Book of Mirrors”

    • It’s not even pushing four stars on Goodreads, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything. However, I just finished an ARC of “I Liked My Life” by Abby Fabiaschi and it’s already got an average rating of almost 4.5 stars. And I gave it 5. Coincidence? Who knows, but it definitely deserves bestseller status, in my opinion.

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  1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who didn’t rate this. Seemed to be a lot of irrelevant detail about characters who had no bearing on the plot. Several paragraphs about the guy one of the narrator’s sat next to on a plane, for instance. I wouldn’t have minded if plane guy turned out to be the murderer but, come on, why did I need to know this stuff?

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