The Book of Mirrors

  • by E. O. Chirovici
  • Narrated by Corey Brill, Jonathan Todd Ross, Pete Simonelli, George Newbern
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici, read by Corey Brill, Jonathan Todd Ross, Pete Simonelli and George Newbern.
The one audiobook you won't forget in 2017. 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, 25 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Intelligent and sophisticated - a crime story told the way Picasso painted pictures. Highly recommended." (Lee Child)
"I loved this twisty mind game! The Book Of Mirrors starts with a secret manuscript about a cold-case murder and then uses a host of characters and perspectives to make you look in every direction but at the truth. Who is lying? Is anyone's recall perfect? This isn't just a very clever thriller---it leaves us wondering how much we subconsciously manipulate our own memories to protect ourselves." (Julia Heaberlin, best-selling author of Black Eyed Susans.)
"A literary thriller - complex, gripping and a beautiful read." (Jenni Murray)
"An elegant, gripping, multi-layered tale about the illusory nature of truth and memory. I loved it." (Tammy Cohen)
"The Book of Mirrors is exactly what I look for in a thriller: a great concept, brilliantly executed, smarter than it seems and knotty enough to keep you guessing. Like the best stories about memory, it leaves the reader wondering what's true and what isn't." (James Smythe)
"This Romanian author's debut novel in English is an agile and provocative exploration the tricks memory can play." (Sunday Times)
"An impressive first novel, intelligent and well written." (The Times)
"This twisty, brilliantly written tale of a grisly unsolved murder at Princeton asks if we can truly trust our own memories. This nuanced, multi-layered book has a cracking plot to boot and will be devoured by thriller fans." (Sun)
"Slippery murder mystery" (Irish Independent)
"Intricately plotted...Faulty memories, outright lies, and secrets make it hard to know whom to believe. The action builds to a crafty and believable resolution." (Publisher's Weekly)
"This is a fine multi-layered, intelligent crime story that will keep you guessing about more than just the perpetrator of the crime. The author has created characters with depth and feeling. They take hold of you and immerse you in the story, leaving you reluctant to let it go until the final pages have been read. A certain winner." (Reading Writes)
"I read The Book of Mirrors in a single sitting. It’s a brilliant novel that is utterly compelling" (Jo’s Book Blog)
"Beautifully written, with a very clever structure." (Fully Booked)
"This is a meta-novel which possesses ripping momentum and brims with ambiguity. A high-grade mystery that’s ripe for investigation." (Crime Scene Magazine)
"Intrigue, confusion, and considerable fact distortion reign supreme in the extreme trial by memory presented by The Book of Mirrors." (Little Bookness Lane)
"Already shrouded in hype and hysteria, The Book of Mirrors is going to be the one to watch in 2017." (BookWormMummy)
"This book is going to be a 2017 smash (but don’t cut yourself on the glass) hit!" (Keeper of Pages)
"The Book of Mirrors is a fascinating read that shatters the bubble each character is living in. Intelligently written, the novel offers a good insight into the depth of our memories, and the stories that shape our lives." (Martha In a Few Words blog)

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More Smoke Than Mirrors

Reading the hype around this book and an article about how the author had left his native Romania to seek a bigger audience makes it sound like something quite special. The fact that it seems to have a slew of endorsements and that it attracted huge interest from publishers in so many countries further adds to its sheen. If it is so special I admit that I simply didn't get it. There is some cleverness in it and undoubtedly the third part of the book was much more enjoyable than the rest but nothing to match the claims being made.

The structure is interesting and concerns the murder of a college professor. It consists of three parts; an old manuscript for a book, a reporter's attempts to investigate the story followed by the last ditch attempts of one of the original investigating detectives to make sense out of it. To me each part was better than the previous one and the concluding section was genuinely enjoyable. However, maybe something got lost in translation, the language used jars often enough to be distracting.

What definitely doesn't help is the narration. With the slightly jarring text it felt like the first narrator was bored and just trying to get it over and done with as fast as possible. The combination of this text and narration was the audiobook equivalent of being machine gunned. Listen to the audio sample before you buy. Again as the book goes on the narration improves but never really reaches any great heights.

So, it is entirely possible that this audio production doesn't do the book full justice. It's also possible that I missed some of the subtlety and cleverness that is being claimed for it as my ear drums dodged some of the word bullets fired at them in that opening section. With those caveats in mind I can't really recommend this one as being much beyond a by the numbers whodunit with some twists and turns along the way.
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- Simon

Interesting concept, well structured

While the climax isn't wow, it is a well-written and well structured novel. Surrounding the death of a professor, there are multiple narratives and plots working against each other, with the constant question raised throughout about who is telling the truth. Good not perfect first novel.
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- Suswati

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-01-2017
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks