Amy and Scott’s daughter, Lilly, has started behaving oddly. Could it be related to the acquisition of a mirror that Lilly took a shine to in an antique shop?
‘The Mirror’, by Deborah A Stansil is the somewhat supernatural of how family secrets can harm relationships when they unexpectedly begin to unravel…
What’s it about?
Amy and Scott are happily married with a daughter, Lilly, 7. One day, Lilly spots a beautiful, ornate mirror in the window of an antique store and begs her mum to buy it. Amy thinks it an odd choice for a young girl, but decides that there is something about the mirror, so she agrees. However, bringing the mirror into their home signals the start of Amy and Scott’s problems when Lilly’s behaviour starts to change.
Far from being the family oriented girl she had been before, Lilly becomes surly and withdrawn, spending all of her spare time in her bedroom, where the mirror is located. Amy worries that Lilly is being bullied at school, but her teacher thinks not and Amy begins to feel that her parenting is at fault and that she is being judged.
Amy starts to think that Lilly has conjured up an imaginary friend, but Lilly then talks about something she cannot possibly have any knowledge of. Amy has been hiding a secret from her that, inexplicably, seems about to be revealed. Could it possibly be true that, as Lilly insists, her ‘friend’ in the mirror is not as imaginary as Amy had thought? And what will happen when Lilly learns the truth about the secret Amy has been keeping?
What did I think of it?
I enjoyed this supernatural tale, which is nicely written by the author in an easy-to-read style. The plot is fairly simple, without any real twists or turns, but there is a sense of the panic that builds in Amy as she tries to get to the bottom of Lilly’s odd behaviour. The reader feels her frustration as she tries to convince others of what she believes is going on, knowing how implausible it sounds.
I felt that Lilly’s change in behaviour and the reason behind it could have been explored further, building on the sense of panic and bewilderment that Amy feels at the change in her daughter which would add extra drama. However, overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.
‘The Mirror’, by Deborah A Stansil is available from Amazon, priced at £2.36 (kindle version, February 2017) or a paperback copy is available direct from the author at My Random Musings, priced at £6.99.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.