Book Review: Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles

Book Details:

File Size: 1025 KB
Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Troll Publishing
Publication Date: September 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Ella McKaye returns home for her grandmother’s funeral to find she’s inherited a ton of money and a run down mansion she never knew existed, called Grey Manor. Her greedy mother is appalled when the will stipulates specifically that Ella can’t give her any of the inheritance. She quickly throws Ella out of her home, forcing her to take up immediate residence in the spooky old mansion.

Within minutes of entering her new home, she has a strange interaction with a creepy old mirror in the main hallway and the ghostly inhabitants of the past get more and more agitated the longer Ella’s there. Nearly fatal back-to-back accidents make Ella start to wonder if she’s angered some ghost or if there is something more sinister at work.

Will Ella unravel the deadly mystery before she becomes a ghost herself? Or will fate take another one of the Grey ancestors to the grave.

About the Author:

T. Lynne Tolles is a lifelong avid reader of all things paranormal and now is a writer of young adult paranormal romances for readers 15 to 115. She grew up in the sunny California San Francisco bay area. She’s the mother of two, wife to one and pet mom to three cats and Newfie dog.

Blood of a Werewolf is the first of five books in a series called, the Blood Series. Other titles include Somber Island and Mirror of Shadows – both unrelated to the series.

For more information about the author go to: http://tlynnetolles.netfirms.com

Book Review:

Mirror of Shadows is a modern day paranormal mystery with a quasi-gothic feel. Recent college graduate Ella McKaye returns home suddenly because her beloved grandmother has passed away. Although devastated, Ella doesn’t take much time to grieve as her grandmother has left her a handsome inheritance which includes an old, rundown home called Grey Manor.

Ella immediately moves into the very large home because her mother, Patricia, kicks her out in anger. A clause in the will prevents Ella from her giving or sharing money with her chronic alcohol and drug abusing mother.

With the guidance and recommendation of the kind family attorney, Marlin, who administers her trust, Ella hires a surly, mysterious handyman, Jeremy, and begins restoring the manor to its former grandeur. Ella insists that Jeremy stay in one of many extra bedrooms to accommodate a more rapid transformation of Grey Manor.

Twinges of feeling between Ella and Jeremy start almost immediately, but being the tough guy that he is, Jeremy acts disinterested and withdrawn. Within days of their co-habitation, another man appears in Ella’s life; suddenly she finds herself in a love triangle of sorts with handyman Jeremy and much wealthier out-of-towner Matt.

In the midst of all these new relationships, Ella must also contend with a series of nightmares, all courtesy of a scary looking mirror in the hallway. Attempts at banishing the artifact all fail. The anxiety of the frightening dreams and visions are compounded by a series of accidents which has the male characters pointing fingers at each other. Luckily, Marlin is always around to help Ella back on her feet and sort things out, reminiscent of Batman’s loyal aide, Alfred.

Ella is a smart, likeable protagonist, but she felt older, or at least more mature, than most recent college graduates. One picky observation . . . given the paranormal events, accidents and injuries she sustained, it was difficult to believe Ella was having routine romantic outings with Matt instead of nursing herself back to health.

T. Lynne Tolles is a good storyteller. Mirror of Shadows combines a lot of genres— paranormal, mystery, and romance—with an effective, fluid style.

The book is a fun, easy read that is easily completed in a leisurely afternoon. The plot has several aspects that keep the reader guessing. You may think you have it solved halfway through, but the author creates a few twists, thanks to the paranormal storyline, which make for a satisfying conclusion.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.

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