Book Review: The Book of Mirrors, by E. O. Chirovici #TheBookOfMirrors

Publisher:  Century (Cornerstone – Penguin Random House UK)

Publication date:  26th January 2017


You don’t know what pain is until you get a cut deep enough to make you realise that previous wounds have been only scratches.

the-book-of-mirrors-coverIntrigue, confusion, and considerable fact distortion reign supreme in the extreme trial by memory presented by The Book of Mirrors.

Endeavouring to excavate the truth concerning a part manuscript that reveals something sinister yet confirms nothing, three men chip away at its ambiguity by applying their professional skills at different stages throughout the tale. Each one passes the baton to the next hoping the challenge can be resolved, each one unearthing new information based on the testimony of the “characters” that make an appearance.

These characters are individuals known to the author of the manuscript and when questioned their recollections differ markedly from his. The person investigating at the time has immense difficulty establishing who has something to genuinely hide, or if all of them are simply convinced that their version of events is correct. Without being able to retrieve the full manuscript the only way to determine the facts with any degree of certainty is to take the story apart piece by piece and reassemble it – and I’m mightily impressed how cleverly this was done!

Doors open part way, some are bolted shut, and others are slammed in their faces. The entire process is maddening and has a profound effect on them. But the hint of a psychology professor’s death in the mysterious text is something that cannot be ignored. For one thing, any new true crime case makes a damned good headline and literary agent Peter Katz is both excited and disturbed by the story’s potential. Reaching a dead end he enlists the assistance of a reporter, and John Keller investigates further. Finally Keller passes what he has learned to a retired detective with his own trying memory problems and the case becomes a personal challenge for Roy Freeman who hopes to solve the conundrum that is The Book of Mirrors.

Everything is narrated without embellishment as the characters recall personal encounters leading up to the violent death of the professor who affected their lives in different ways. As to the accuracy of their accounts you’ll have to read it for yourself to discover the truth!

This warped tale made for compelling reading. It has a distinctive curiousness I can’t quite put my finger on, and that’s my kind of book. 

Rating:  4/5

(I received a copy of this book via the publisher (Francesca Pathak & Francesca Russell) with my thanks, and this is my unbiased review.)


(Courtesy of Amazon UK)


A gripping psychological thriller full of hidden fragments and dark reflections.

How would you piece together a murder?

Do you trust other people’s memories?
Do you trust your own?
Should you?

Princeton, 1987: renowned psychologist Professor Joseph Weider is brutally murdered.

New York, twenty-five years later: literary agent Peter Katz receives a manuscript. Or is it a confession?

Today: unearth the secrets of The Book of Mirrors and discover why your memory is the most dangerous weapon of all.



(Courtesy of publisher’s website)

E. O. Chirovici was born in Transylvania to a Romanian-Hungarian-German family. He made his literary debut with a collection of short stories, and his first novel, The Massacre, sold over 100,000 copies in the Romanian language. He spent years as a journalist, first running a prestigious newspaper and later a major TV station. He has been writing full time since 2013 and currently lives in Brussels.



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