The Mirror Stage (The Imago Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
For anyone who loves Criminal Minds, you will definitely enjoy this book!
I would definitely like to read the next books in the trilogy!
Characters: I loved Ada. The characters were good. I loved James, Brenda, and Dade. They were easy to get along with.
Plot: The story line was easy to follow along with. This was a quick read for me, and it kept me hooked to the point that I did not want to stop reading. I wish the book was longer, but I understand that it continues into the second book.
Overall: This book was a good mystery read. It has been a while since I've read some mystery, so this was a great way for me to get back into it. I do not like how short the book is, but I am glad that there is a second book. The ending did not leave me on a cliffhanger, but because I loved how intrigued I was by the first book, then I will be continuing the series.
She's a crime novelist and professor when her uncle, an ex-FBI agent, brings in two colleagues who need Ada's help as a local analyst. A serial killer is on the loose in Seattle, and if Ada doesn't face her demons and do something, who knows why might be next?
In J.J. Stone's first novel, The Mirror Stage, you're immediately tossed into Ada's messed up world of hurt and death. You meet Ada, and she seems like a pitiable character...until you get to know her. She's strong, stubborn, resilient and deeply scarred...but also deeply clever. She's a leading lady with a brain instead of great boobs, and that's what I liked most about her.
Then you've got Agent James Deacon, who's the biggest jerk you could imagine, but he has his own demons, which you'll learn about as the book goes on. He's a jerk, but he's a kind, good-looking jerk, and that makes him an unlikely but excellent male lead.
Even the killer has a story, one you'll have to read to understand.
The supporting characters, like Brenda and Dade, are great. Even the dog, Tiny, is likable. There's also a character that only makes a small appearance, Janice, that I think we need to look out for in the next two books.
The plot is straightforward, at first. It then begins to take a road so winding you'll need a map to follow. No one is safe, and the killer is on the run. I love thrillers and crime novels, and this one is one if my favorites now. The cliffhanger at the end will keep me on my toes till book two is released.
While there were some editing errors, I loved this book. A great, fast-paced read!
5/5--you need this on your TBR list!
The Mirror Stage isn't quite what I thought it would be. Which is a good thing! This is a short book, but the ending didn't feel rushed, and the plot felt thought through. I had trouble putting this down when it came time for me to go work. If you want a good, quick read, this is your book!
Ada is a woman struggling to overcome her past. The tragic event that took her childhood haunts her dreams as the anniversary approaches. James Deacon is the FBI agent who needs her help catching a killer. A couple times their reactions seemed off, but for the most time they stayed steady. Ada refused to give into most of Deacon's demands, Deacon trying to get this stubborn woman to cooperate on his schedule. And the author pulls this off so well! Too many books now have the romance subplots that distract and lead away from what is actually going on. Happily (for me anyway) there isn't any of that to worry about. Yes there does seem to be something slight, <i>very slight</i> between Agent Deacon and Ada, but it just a blip towards the end.
The only real complaints I have are: I am not sure what exactly was going on with the killer (<spoiler>throwing the 'boss/leader' in towards the end confused me. It was mentioned before he was trying to 'clean' the city so his daughter would basically grow up pure, and that the first murder was an accident; so why was a shadowy mastermind suddenly thrown into the mix?</spoiler>), and whats the big deal about the pills? They are mentioned once per character using them, but not brought up again. I would like them to be explained one way or another, or not brought up.
I had a hard time writing this review; how much should I give away, what information needs to be said to get people interested. I hope I have succeeded in enticing you to give The Mirror Stage a try. I really liked this book, and I can't wait for the second one to come out.