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Mirror Deep Paperback – October 17, 2012
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This book is full of murder, mystery, suspense, and romance. The characters are dynamic and realistic. Kat is fierce, beautiful, hard headed, smart, and very talented. She is good at her job, she loves her family despite everything, and she shows just enough vulnerability for you to relate with this strong women. Pierce is handsome, stubborn, smart, and comfortable with who he is. Although he chooses to work on his family's ranch and with horses, he is smart and has a Master's in Business Administration. He does what he loves and you have to respect that. Together this two make a perfect pair. Not only are they great romantically together, but they can talk through ideas together and work out problems together.
The twists and turns in this story will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen next! Joss Landry writes a believable story that will you guessing, but that will not leave you confused. Escape into a world of horse whisperers, serial killers, family bonds, and romance!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was really torn on my rating because this story had areas of beautiful prose and very poetic, original descriptions that I really enjoyed. I also loved the various locations the reader is taken to, and the well-written legal mystery woven into the story. However, the characters needed additional development and the interactions weren't always believable. I think this writer has some real talent and I'd love to see her extend that to the dialogue and especially the interactions between Kat and Pierce.
Either way, it was a fun and interesting read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys some mystery, unexpected surprises, and a little romance.
By Joss Landry
Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott
"Knowing where you're from doesn't change who you are." Or does it? For Kat Bonner, this is the burning question that will drag her halfway across the globe. Who is she? And where did she come from? And how did she get mixed up with a serial killer?
In the opening chapters of Joss Landry's novel, we see Kat safely at home, at work with the show horses she loves, training new riders and fending off the sarcasm of her second cousin, Pierce, a cowboy with smarts who, it looks like, will someday share the running of her parent's ranch with her. She has a reliable boyfriend named Jake, a job, a place in the universe - until a mystery visitor arrives and her universe is upended. Suddenly she's somebody else - an adopted child; her birth mother, who has just died, may have sold her as a baby; and her adoptive parents. whom she's always loved as her real mother and father, are urging her to go to this strange woman's funeral. They've even enlisted the arrogant Pierce to help do the convincing, though Pierce secretly realizes that Kat, unlike the Andalusian steeds she works with, is anything but tame.
Landry swiftly builds the framework for a complex story that carries Kat away from her beloved ranch home to the big city where someone tries to poison her companion, Pierce's sister Lauren, leaving Kat to try to figure out why. Pierce steps in and though they keep their emotional distance, they find they can work together in a good cause: to protect Kat's physical safety, on a very immediate basis, and find out not just who she is but who her real family is, including the charming but debonair Dorian, and the ghostly, elusive beauty who looks eerily like Kat, and who always seems to visit her when no one else is around.
There's a fresh twist on almost every page of this well-crafted tale. Landry is comfortable with dialogue, settings (the peaceful ranch, to the mean streets of Chicago, to Paris, and back), and above all, her heroine, Kat, and Kat's feelings: frustration, fear, even a tinge of depression as she fights to understand the sudden alteration to her life, and again, a slowly growing love tinged with anger and a generous helping of lust for the aggravating Pierce. With his no nonsense approach to problems and his fearlessness in the face of danger, Pierce turns out to be the best possible sidekick she can have as she plunges ahead, determined to unravel her personal history. We can guess that Pierce will win fair lady, because his heart is never faint; he tells Kat he's always known she loved him: "I just didn't know how long it would take you to come around."
Many readers will take this all in and think, "Movie!" Mirror Deep definitely has the breadth and depth for the big screen.
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