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The Mirrors

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If you've never had the chance to read a ghost story, The Mirrors by E.F. Townsend offers an exceptional dive into the paranormal world.

Do you like a good ghost story? What types of things do you need the paranormal story to have before you decide to pick it up? While ghosts may not be the "IT" read for some, there is a semblance of romance, mystery, and downright old-fashioned murder that makes Townsend's first installment a hit. Readers will enjoy the suspense that comes along with a haunted house and there's a plot twist that is to die for!


Tori is in the antique's business, but she does occasionally rent out rooms in her Old Louisville mansion for additional income. After all, she does have this beautiful piece of history that just sits and collects dust while she lives in her cute and cozy house down the block. When she learns that her latest tenant, Scott Mallory, has disappeared, she is keen to get to the bottom of the disappearance by immersing herself into the investigation. Upon learning that the house may be haunted, she begins to ask around about the life that Scott lived and who may have wanted to cause him harm. Scott's mother hires Hal, a "paranormal" investigator, knowing that all he blogged about was the ghosts taking up residence in the mansion before his disappearance. What starts as a paranormal encounter, may turn out to be just that, especially with all of the creepy mirrors he hung in the hallway, causing both Tori and Hal to feel like they aren't the only ones in the house. Or, it could be what someone wants them to believe. With more digging, will they unravel who or what happened to her tenant or will they become the next target?


E.F. Townsend writes beautifully and has a noteworthy story. The Mirrors sparks creativity and unfolds a bold plot twist. Townsend does have a way of luring her readers to where you feel like you are sitting in that haunted hallway, watching the stairs, right there next to Tori and Hal. While the plot twist is predictable, the details aren't quite so, which means that readers will enjoy the story to its fullest because they won't know exactly what to expect. The characters could have been developed more, but overall, they were presentable enough for the story. While this is a mystery, readers will also find some romantic innuendos between characters and a lot of suspense. Some of the scenes may even fill readers with anticipation over the thrill of investigating a haunted house in the dark. If you enjoy these types of stories, this first installment in the Tori Hartley Mystery series may be perfect for you.


An advanced reader copy of this story was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for The Mirrors by E.F. Townsend.

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About the author

"The Mirrors" is my debut novel. I've always loved reading and storytelling, and my passions for travel, old houses, and paranormal investigating spurred me on to write a paranormal detective novel set in Old Louisville, KY. view profile

Published on September 05, 2020

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70000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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