The Mirror Man: The most chilling must-read thriller of 2023
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Thankfully, Kepler makes it clear that his motivations are entirely based on his Christianity, taken to an uncomfortably familiar extreme degree. The Mirror Man" is dark Scandi-noir with a side of masochism, slavery, drugs, brutality, torture, neo-Nazism kidnapping and people trafficing. Things need to change from book to book to keep the story and characters moving and developing, but change things too much and you may lose readers. At one point I was convinced I had the crime figured out, only to discover a twist I never saw coming. I can't help but mention the Godfather of the local scale Stefano and the range of female images, from absolutely charming to frightening.
Zum Ende hin wird es richtig dramatisch und das Autorenpaar zaubert eine überraschende Auflösung aus dem Hut, die inhaltlich zwar überzeugt, in gewisser Hinsicht aber etwas problematisch erscheint (Stichwort: psychische Erkrankungen) und dadurch einen störenden Beigeschmack bekommt. Nuimu žvaigždę už nuklydimą į nusikalstamą pasaulį / šunų peštynių ringą, kuris nelabai ko davė siužetui ir toks jausmas, kad įdėtas vien dėl šokiravimo. But I’ve seen very little representation of characters with DID in pop culture, one of them being the movie Split with James McAvoy. If this was written in the 70’s (or even in the 90’s) perhaps it would be acceptable, but not nowadays, when there are so many updated studies and more understanding around the topic. The scenes leading up to the climax are terrifying and intense, but like coming across an accident I couldn't look away.The absence of Saga Bauer is keenly felt throughout the story, and it seems other readers feel the same way. After the events of Lazarus, The Mirror Man sees him struggling to reconnect with his daughter due to her seeing him kill Jurek Walter. Now I hope I don't scare anyone off but the beginning 80 pages or so read to me like a Catriona Ward novel but nowhere near the degree of difficulty she engages her readers with.
The book opens with a scene that throws us headfirst into the story, with the abduction of a young woman, Jenny Lind.
The well-written story and the incredible characters, combined with unnerving action, culminates in an astounding conclusion. There is something ‘unputdownable’ about the books, perhaps related to the depravity the antagonist presents throughout. National Crime Agent, Joona, is on the case and the book follows his investigations into their disappearance. How do they keep their readers interested, while also providing the same types of stories that drew them in the first place? I have long come to enjoy the work of Lars Kepler, especially with the detailed narrative and strong storyline.