The Norman Transcript

May 10, 2013

Book review: Mirror Image realistic, dramatic

By Briana Deaver
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Book Name: Mirror Image (1990, Grand Central Publishing, first edition)

Author: Sandra Brown

Why you should read: Brown paints a realistic picture in, “Mirror Image” when narrator Avery Daniels finds herself in a sticky situation after surviving a devastating plane crash. When Avery is mistaken as another plane passenger, Carole Rutledge, Avery’s whole life is turned upside down in the wake of the crash. This story leads readers through a most extraordinary case of mistaken identity both riveting and frightening.

Avery awakens in a sterile hospital room with little recollection of the events that took place just days prior. The shock of tubes and casts encircling Avery’s body has her mind spinning. The real impact sets in as she realizes she has been identified as the surviving wife of a man she knows nothing of, Tate Rutledge. Avery learns she has been mistaken for the senatorial candidate’s wife, Carole, who was on the flight but did not survive.

The plot takes a dramatic twist when, in the middle of the night, Avery is visited by a mysterious man who exposes his plot to assassinate Tate. Avery is thrown into masquerading as a dead woman until she can uncover the identify of this riveting, mystery assassin.

When Avery is well again, she realizes how brutal Carole has been to her husband and neglected young child. When Tate’s campaign for senate takes off, she must be his pillar of strength while attempting motherhood for the first time to an emotionally unstable child.

Though I loved Brown’s use of character development and creative plot, I couldn’t seem to get over the foul language and sexual content. Parents, this book is not for children.

That being said, Brown’s plot had me invested emotionally and transfixed psychologically. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t figure out who the killer was.