Sandra Brown’s ‘Mirror Image’ Delivers a Classic Case of Mistaken Identity [REVIEW]

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A plane crash leaves a woman unrecognizable in Sandra Brown’s classic tale, Mirror Image. (Photo courtesy Canva)

In Sandra Brown’s classic tale of romantic suspense, Mirror Image, the thrills just don’t stop. First, there’s the plane crash. Then our heroine awakens in the hospital with a new face. Now there’s a killer on the loose and her life is in jeopardy once again. Will the terror ever end? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Sandra Brown's MIRROR IMAGE
Grand Central

Television reporter Avery Daniels wakes up in the hospital with a tube down her throat and she has no idea why. Eventually, as the days go by, she remembers the plane crash and realizes everyone thinks she is the wife of rich and powerful senatorial candidate Tate Rutledge.

Having no way to communicate with Tate and reveal who she really is, Avery assumes his wife’s identity in the hopes of discovering who is behind the attempt on his life. After all, if she can solve the mystery, it could be the ultimate boost to her career!

There’s just one problem. The longer she lays in her hospital bed, the more danger she is in. Is getting the story and saving Tate’s life worth risking her own?

I’ve been a huge Sandra Brown fan for years, and Mirror Image reminds me why. I love this entire book, particularly the nail-biting cat-and-mouse suspense. But the one scene I keep replaying in my mind is when Avery wakes up in the hospital in a panic. As she gradually sees people in her room, she realizes she has a breathing tube in her throat and starts to get agitated. Brown describes this moment with such finesse and realism, my heart races and my breath quickens just thinking about it. I can only imagine the terror she feels until her medication kicks in and knocks her out.

As someone who enjoys chatting with people, the thought of not being able to communicate with others is unsettling enough, but that feeling of suffocating while trying to inhale through a breathing tube is enough to keep me awake at night! Every time I think about this scene, it is so vivid and clear, I’m just grateful this is fiction and not happening to me in real life. And yet this is only one example of the many twists and turns Brown delivers in Mirror Image.

For those of you who love page turners you simply can’t put down, this is the book for you. Each page drips with action and excitement. If relentless suspense is your jam, Mirror Image has it in spades.

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Sandra Brown is the author of 71 New York Times bestsellers. There are more than 80 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into 34 languages.

In 2008, the International Thriller Writers named Brown its Thriller Master, the organization’s highest honor. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Texas Christian University. She lives in Texas.

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By Sandra Brown
448 pp. Grand Central. $15.99

Purchase Mirror Image direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Half Price Books | Hudson Booksellers | IndieBound | Powell’s | Target | Walmart.

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(Photo by Ryan M. Brown Photography)

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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