The Book of Mirrors enjoyed a lot of success on the international market and it was translated in over 30 languages. The Romanian author, Eugen Chirovici has this fascinating manner of writing, which is perfectly suitable for a crime book.
An unfinished manuscript and a mysterious murderer
A mysterious manuscript, talking about a crime that took place 25 years ago, has just arrived in the inbox of a publishing house. This seems to be the very good luck of the literary agent to find out who was the criminal of the famous Princeton teacher, Joseph Wieder.
What you need to know before getting enthusiastic about this crime novel and its mystery is that the past actions are told from the perspective of 3 characters.
Peter Katz, the literary agent starts an investigation around the manuscript. Just until he finds out that its author, Richard Flynn (ex-student of the dead teacher and the first suspect) has died. Slowly he passes the searches to a journalist.
John Keller accepts the challenge to write about this story in a future book. So he takes responsibility in all its forms and starts talking with every suspect and also with all the people involved in this story. But he finds out that each of them has a different point of view.
Roy Freeman is the officer who will finally bring together all the stories and find out who is the criminal.
The meaning of the mirrors in this crime story
I haven’t look for the real meaning of the mirrors, from the author’s perspective. But I might guess it from little details in the book.
Every perspective on the crime is different, ‘cause each character remembers the only important details from their perspective. So you will discover around 5 or 6 different versions/mirrors of the crime and the criminal.
Our mind has this schedule to remember what we want and consider to be truly significant.
And about the book and its story, I would say that it was a nice lecture, but definitely not the best crime novel. The “crowded” storytellers and their versions on the crime are similar in matters of voice and tone and this similarity was a little boring.
But all in all, The Book of Mirrors deserves to be on your bookshelves, at least for a quite reading Sunday.