Mirror Images is the debut novel of Laurie Norlander. It won the 2012 Women of Faith writing contest, so I figured I'd give it a shot even though I'm often hesitant to try a new author without a recommendation. The premise sounded strong and intriguing, and it's one of my favorite genres - suspense. The book description reads:
"They say seeing is believing... What if they’re wrong?
That's Maddy's dilemma when she sees her volatile ex-boyfriend at his identical twin's funeral. It's the first of many surprises as Maddy quickly discovers nothing is as it seems in the close-knit community of Churchill, Wisconsin. Despite lingering feelings for Nic, Maddy’s skeptical of claims that his millionaire brother committed suicide. Her suspicions turn to horror when Maddy stumbles across evidence the man was murdered - and Nic may be responsible.
Maddy's search for truth plays out against the backdrop of small town politics and a personal struggle with doubt. When a second tragedy tangles Maddy in a web of danger and betrayal, how far will she go to unmask the killer?
Mirror Images is a riveting romantic suspense novel woven with insights on friendship, forgiveness, and the power of faith.
Laurie Norlander’s debut novel, Mirror Images, was named the 2012 Grand Prize winner of the Women of Faith writing contest."
While this was a good book, I feel like it needed a bit of work. The plot was excellent and suspenseful, but the writing was choppy and confusing at times. I had trouble keeping up with what was going on at points - the story could've used some good editing to make the flow a bit more streamlined. I also had trouble keeping up with the characters at certain points - there were a lot of important characters and some were mentioned too briefly for me to remember them by the time they showed back up again. However, I do feel like Laurie shows a lot of promise. I think with a bit more writing under her belt, she will be an excellent new writer to watch. I recommend trying this book if you enjoy good Christian suspense.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.