BOOK REVIEW: A FALSE MIRROR
Hampton Regis is the least likely place for any violence to occur. It is a small harbor town on the southern coast of England.
Felicity Hamilton's husband is attacked and severely beaten. The main suspect in the attack is Stephen Mallory who is the man she loved before he left to go to war. Mallory swears that he did not commit this crime and as a result takes Felicity and her maid hostage. The only person that Mallory is willing to talk with is a person he served with in the war - police inspector Ian Rutledge.
However, there is one problem. Rutledge does not trust Mallory. Should he set out to prove that Mallory is innocent? If this is true, he must find the person who really committed this crime. Rutledge also has another reason he does not want to become involved in this situation. He is not sure he can be objective. He lived a situation that was very similar to Mallory's. He also lost a woman he loved to another man.
Rutledge really starts to have doubts about Mallory when the victim of the beating mysteriously disappears and there is no body anywhere.
Is Rutledge able to overcome all of his similar problems in order to solve this case and find out what really happened in this crime?
Todd, a mother and son writing team, have written an excellent historical thriller. The reader will feel Rutledge's pain as he, once again,experiences going through a very similar scenario in order to try and solve this case. This is a complex thriller that will keep the reader guessing. The Todd writing team has done an outstanding job with characterization that shows they are at the top of their game in this area. If you are looking for an engrossing read that includes much of the pain that England endured after WWI, this is the book for you. This is a good one - do not pass on it.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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