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Rearview Mirror

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  516 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Fiona Claridge, a smart and stylish New England college professor, strives to pull herself together after a car crash kills her roommate, Mia Hardy. Yet Fiona's guilt and grief come flooding back after opening a gift-wrapped box left outside her office that contains car keys and a malicious note. Shaken, Fiona travels to her hometown to attend a funeral but is followed by ...more
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Donna Weaver
I recently finished reading Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black. I've read one other of her books, Cold As Ice and loved it. It made its way around my office where I'm the resident library. Rearview Mirror is now making the rounds as well. As a disclaimer, the author provided me with a free copy of this book, but it didn't impact my review. I would definitely purchase it.

So what's it about?

On a rainy night eight years ago, Fiona Claridge lost control of her car and crashed, injuring herself and k
Stephanie Black’s new book is definitely a book to put on your spooky list. I highly recommend you turn off all the lights in your house and read it by flashlight so you can get a full-on adrenaline rush. It is that chilling. (And I would never do that myself because it would give me nightmares. But some people are adrenaline junkies and this book has what it takes to get that going!)

The main characters seem innocent enough at first. Our heroine, Fiona, (I couldn't help imagining Princess Fiona
Katie Watkins
Fiona Claridge is a professor at a small college in New Hampshire. Her long-time friend James teaches there as well. They have a history together from college and the time of the accident that killed their friend. When Fiona catches a student plagiarizing and calls her on it, Kim retaliates by pulling pranks. But some of the pranks go too far--and some Kim claims to have had nothing to do with.

I thought this was a great suspenseful story! There were a few side stories going on as well and all we
This is not the kind of book I normally read, and while it was a fast and easy read, there were a lot of things I didn't like about the book. It did have the element of suspense going for it in some places, but I found it very anticlimactic to know the culprit (or one of them, at least) from the very beginning. I would have liked that to remain a mystery, at least for a time. I also got so tired of the main character and her trite expressions of guilt for other people's situations or problems. S ...more
What did I think of Rearview Mirror? I loved it.
Rearview Mirror grabs you in the first chapter and doesn't release you until the last - the suspense does not let up. It’s entertaining and creepy at the same time. Murder, mayhem, twists and turns, wondering who the bad person is and who done it!! I had a hard time putting it down! Wow! What a great page turner! From the very first few pages to the very end, the story had me guessing. There are so many conflicts and side stories, that I didn't kn
Stephanie Black creates a good mystery, throwing out red herrings to keep you from guessing who the bad guy is. Nobody is above suspicion and you sure hope it isn't the supportive friend or someone else you are rooting for--but it might be. English professor Fiona Claridge is dealing with a vindictive student who has been caught out plagiarizing. That storyline mixes up with the accidental death of a self-righteous family friend who just happened to be blackmailing and manipulating every one to ...more
A great mystery/ suspense book that keeps you guessing until the end as to who the real villian is. I'm glad that at the end Fiona is able to forgive herself of something that has been holding her back from embracing life and moving beyond the guilt and the past toward a better complete future with James.

Her characters are well developed and you can easily identify with them through her descriptions.
On a rainy night eight years ago, Fiona Claridge lost control of her car and crashed, injuring h
Since I've been giving LDS lit a new look, I thought I would try out an LDS author's take on the mystery-thriller genre. I was pleasantly surprised.

It wasn't all that different from any other story in the genre, really. It follows a certain formula, and that was fine. I actually think I read these books for the formula. What made me happy about it was the clean language. The crimes weren't described graphically, either. Because I love mysteries and sort of hate the language/graphic depictions o
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(Genre:LDS fiction/mystery) I think that this is my favorite Stephanie Black book to date. It was an entertaining read with alot of possible (and probable) suspects, although I did guess in part the whodunit of the mystery. The basic premise is a woman (Fiona) that is being haunted by a past mistake that cost her college roommate's (Mia) life. Although Fiona has moved on with her life and is a college English professor now, someone is sending her reminders of the accident that she caused and of ...more
Renae Mackley
Black delivers the suspense from page one via the lives of interesting, imperfect characters—enough to keep you guessing who-dunnit. As details unfold, each character reveals reasons for targeting or protecting Fiona in a must read on manner. An exciting climax fulfilled my expectations (even though the title implied to me that the worst would happen in her car). A hint of romance rounded out the story, but even the love interest seemed overly cautious. Fiona had her own understandably neurotic ...more

Fiona Claridge is a young college professor in New England. After catching a student plagiarizing, Fiona starts receiving threats. She's convinced that the threats are coming from the student, but things get worse after attending the funeral of her ex-boyfriend's mother.

Stephanie Black did a great job with this story. I was certain that I'd figured out who the bad guy was (a few times), only to be wrong.

This book reminded me of the movie "Brigham City" in some ways. The LDS angle with n
First line:

"Sleet whipped Linda Taylor across the face."

I. Love. Stephanie.

She's the sweetest person ever with mad dog writing skills. Seriously. This girl can churn out the best suspense novels ever. And she always tricks me. I'm pretty good at picking out the bad guy. I did pretty good on this story too. But she threw a twist in, just like the last book.

I'm not gonna tell you.

I love how Stephanie gives a handful of suspects, all with excellent motives then one-by-one eliminates them with thei
Wow, what a ride! Stephanie Black had me on the edge of my seat, revealing enough for me to think I knew what was going on until she threw a curve at me and suddenly everything was up for grabs again. Over and over I thought I saw where the plot was going, only to be surprised with another unexpected twist. Her characters are never dumb. You know the type, where you're reading the book thinking, duh, of course this is what's going on. Nope, her characters always quickly catch on to the obvious a ...more
Hollie Robb
Wow, what a book! It need to be 4.5 stars. I did liked the story overall. Yeah, I did know who did it.

I did liked how this book sucked me within it's pages. I did get caught up in the story, so many stories going on all at once, it was interesting reading them and how everything intertwined to created one likeable, suspenseful novel. I was never annoyed that the book hadn't ended after I had figured out.

One thing that I didn't understand was why was the book named "Rearview Mirror?" Unless it
"Fiona Claridge, a smart and stylish New England college professor, strives to pull herself together after a car crash kills her roommate, Mia Hardy. Yet Fiona’s guilt and grief come flooding back after opening a gift-wrapped box left outside her office that contains car keys and a malicious note."

Rearview Mirror grabs you in the first chapter and doesn't release you until the last - the suspense does not let up. The characters could be your friends and neighbors. The conversations are natural
Great mystery. The book had three murders and a couple of more attempted murders. And it kept me guessing until the end. There were so many people who could have done it. I really liked this book.
I have read one other Stephanie Black novel and I enjoyed this one more. Once again she sets up so that there are plenty of suspects to who is behind the attacks but this one was done in such a good way that I was blown away by the ending. The story follows Fiona who years earlier caused a car accident that killed her roommate. She is continually plagued by the death and does everything she can to make everyone else feel at ease, even at the expense of her own peace of mind. I don't always like ...more
A.L. Sowards
This was the first Stephanie Black book I’ve read, but it won’t be my last. It was really good: well-written with realistic, well-developed characters, and an interesting, intense plot. I liked that the final reveal was a surprise, but not a shock. There were so many suspicious characters that I was never sure who the real “bad guy” was, but there were enough clues that it made sense when the final pieces of the puzzle were put into place. James and Fiona were great. I liked all their witty rema ...more
Stephanie Black is well known for her wonderful mystery/suspense books. She has won several Whitney Awards for her writing and they have been well deserved. She always has a way of drawing you into the story from the first paragraph. Rearview Mirror starts with something happening that will leave your mouth hitting the floor. Boom! The mystery starts, and you are left wondering who "did it" after reading the first two pages.

To read the rest of my review of Rearview Mirror, please go to my blog
Laura Hall
I read this while my husband was out of town- not a good idea as many creepy things happen to the woman living alone. I again enjoyed the twists that came with the ending. There are plenty of characters and plots going on, making it hard to know who the killer is going to be. I really enjoy the different relationships and friendships.
A good read. The author did a good job of keeping the actual murderer a mystery until the end.
Really suspenseful, kept me motivated to keep reading. Good mystery.
Wow! What a great page turner! From the very first few pages to the very end, the story had me guessing. Could Linda's death have anything to do with what was happening to Fiona? There were so many conflicts and side stories (not in a bad way), that I didn't know who I could trust! The ending was kind of expected but also had a component that I totally did not see coming! Yeah, this story had me so creeped out, that I was even spooked to be in my house in the middle of the day! Great book!

I rece
H.B. Moore
Another Stephanie Black classic. Great twists & turns!
While enjoyable to listen to, this book at times was hard to follow. The transitions from one scenario to another was clumsy at times, and left me wondering, "What is going on now?" I got lost for a moment till I figured out where the story was going and who the characters were. With that said, it was an interesting enough story to pass the time in our travels. I like the writing style of Stephanie Black and her use of language and her clever expressions and interesting conversations. And I lov ...more
Jordan McCollum
Stephanie Black is the queen of dark psychological suspense, and she does it again with this novel! I love her evocative writing and her plot twists and turns. She always keeps me guessing (and that's hard to do!). When I'm reading her novels, I suspect everyone . . . fictional and not. Fortunately, they're such fast reads for me that my paranoia subsides quickly ;) . But this was a perfect Halloween read!

I received a copy of this book from the author, but let's face it. I'm her biggest fan. I'd
My first LDS-fiction/mystery. I'd say it was a little cheesy, but it kept me interested!
Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black's new thriller and it's her best book yet. It is full of suspense, emotion and numerous twists and turns in the plot. I read it while I was working, which was my mistake, because I didn't want to put it down and answer the phone.
I had the mystery of who the stalker was solved at least a half dozen times and I was surprised at who it really was.
I would recommend Rearview Mirror to anyone who likes a good mystery/suspense, or who just needs to get their heart sta
Tamera Westhoff
I liked it, but wow was there a lot going on! At one point I was just trying to make it from page to page and wasn't even thinking about who had done it, because I was convinced it was two people and wasn't sure who did what. That vengeful college student was absolutely horrible! I don't doubt that there are people like that, but yikes! She sure went through a lot, I would say too much. It was overwhelming, although generally well-written and a page turner (especially at the end)!
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