Series : N/A
Publisher: Orion Books
Source : Publisher
Release Date : October 5th 2017
Friend. Lover. Victim. Betrayer. When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Naima and Rose are like anyone their age: figuring out who they are and trying to navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Life isn’t perfect, but they’re united by their love of music and excited about what the future holds for their band.
That is until Naima dies in tragic circumstances, leaving behind only one word. ‘Sorry’.What awful truth was she hiding? What dark secret was lurking behind her seemingly sunny persona? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?
While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and find out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naima’s death.
It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble, exposing the dark and dangerous truth behind the fragile surface of their existence. Nothing will ever be the same again, because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed.
Okay I must admit, I was curious about this book as there wasn’t much information available about this book. It was a clever marketing ploy and I admit it did draw me in with a minimal blurb . However I was cautious as it is written with a ghost writer and I have been burnt previously .
I was pleasantly surprised by this book once I dove in, I was pretty much hooked after a few pages. It is stereotypical gritty British writing which I enjoy plus the storyline wasn’t all that bad. Deveringe hasn’t forget her British roots and I loved that she paid homage to the image that has been painted in media .
It is a gritty dark setting, that fits perfectly for the band. Mirror Mirror looks as the highs and the lows of the band , the friendship , their lives and their problems. Entwining the stories of each character together as they deal with the end of summer and aftermath of what happened before the beginning of this novel.
Told from the perspective of Red, identified as the friend in the group. We quick see this band , is life for Red the kid who finds it hard to fit in . The others , the lover, the traitor and the victim, aka Leo, Red and Namia are very different individuals from Red. Their band has thrown them together but now Red is forced to take charge of things as they fall apart.
Namia has disappeared and the cracks are starting to appear. Each one of them , is dealing with things differently and the story follows them as deal with Namia’s disappearance and the drama that life brings as result .
Mirror, Mirror, is an obvious reference and perfect title for the book. As whilst Red was an interesting choice for the narrator given the story revolved around Namia’s disappearance . It made sense given things as they presented a picture of what the four saw when they looked in the mirror.
None of the characters are perfect and was explored well through Red’s eyes. They were the right choice once the story started to unfolded . Red instantly became the favourite, their ability to fit in and seamlessly move from one world to another with little problems . They were the voice of reason at times and whilst it may seemed a little prudish . It made sense given their responsibilities and the fact they genuinely were concerned for their friends who seemed reckless and foolish at times .
The other side of the story was obviously Namia’s disappeared which ties in to the problems. As it pushed whatever they were shielding away from and opened up a can of worms. Red was brash at times and whilst you couldn’t fault their heart . Their logic was off game at times as they didn’t think before what they said or do . However I did like the path they took us down on . .
Whilst I enjoy the story, there should have been trigger warnings. As the character Red does experience bullying and it maybe triggering for some given the nature of the bullying. Red does deal with some confronting situations and whilst they are truly a character to be admired in general. These are pretty painful authentic scenes in the book, that I don’t want other readers to be unaware of.
It’s a complex story with two sides entwined to make the overall arc and I enjoyed this gritty British tale. Whilst I was thrown into the deep end with a twist that I didn’t see coming. Mirror Mirror wasn’t that bad of story and I pretty enjoyed it. It was an interesting concept that was written well.