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The Book of Mirrors

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  4,699 ratings  ·  666 reviews
When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protégée of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Chr ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 26th 2017)
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The Book of Mirrors is an intelligent, well-paced, decently written thriller set in the academia world. It was a fun, light read but it wasn’t extraordinary. The written is simple, engaging and I can see a movie being made after the book.

I decided to read this novel when I saw the name of the author, Chirovici. It seemed Romanian (it is) and I was intrigued as I haven’t heard of him before. The research for more information took me to a Guardian article where I learned more about the author and
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
You know those movies with a lot of exposition and little action? Reading The Book of Mirrors felt like watching such a movie. Add a noir feel to it, and you lost my interest (therefore it took me over a week to finish it).

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Sold in 38 territories around the world, THE BOOK OF MIRRORS is a truly global phenomenon.


When big-shot literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued.

The author,
Sean Peters
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and author for an ARC copy.

Firstly, all I can say some books work for me some do not.

I noted that many readers have given this book 4 and 5 stars, I feel I am being very generous giving this two stars, purely for the difference in the plot.

I tried very best to keep going, knowing as many had mentioned it would get better, to me it did not.

I found the book so hard to try to get into, a book has to grip me somehow in someway, this failed.

This does seem to be
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. So many points of view, depending on the narrator. It's true, your memories aren't necessarily true, they're just your version of the truth.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Book of Mirrors grew on me as I read it. At face value, it's a cold case whodunit concerning the murder of a prominent psychologist and Princeton educator, but it's also a meditation on how we as humans remember things, forget things, and invent things in our memories and our pasts, consciously and unconsciously. It also has a nice undercurrent of how relationships and moments are reflected in the eyes of different people, and how each person sees the past, present and future through their own i ...more
Dannii Elle
I received this in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Thank you to the author, E.O. Chirovici, and the publisher, Century, for this opportunity.

One of the most suspenseful and unguessable crime stories I have ever read! This chronicles the years following the death of Professor Joseph Wieder after a partial manuscript appears, where author, Richard Flynn, claims to have details concerning his mysterious death.

Split into three sections and using three different protagonists, this could
Crime by the Book
I'd rate this book between 3.5 - 4 stars! This is a totally compelling novel - my only qualm with it is that it's not *really* a thriller. Or at least, it's not the kind of thriller I was anticipating.

THE BOOK OF MIRRORS does many things very well—my personal favorite element of this book is how it gives the reader 3 unique perspectives on one cold case. This is a super unique and engaging way of unraveling a mystery from the past! I did love that element of this book. However, I hoped for more
2.0 stars... could have been more- read on- The Book of Mirrors is told from the perspectives of a would-be writer, Richard Flynn, in his partially finished manuscript, followed by the literary agent Peter Katz who receives it. When Flynn dies of a long term illness, his wife claims to have no knowledge of the book, so Peter enlists journalist John Keller to look into the facts that they have, in hopes of finding the manuscript. After meeting with nearly everyone who might still be alive connect ...more
Liz Barnsley
The Book of Mirrors is a very clever novel. I do like one of those. It is also UTTERLY addictive – picked this up earlier today meaning to make a start on it and now here we are and I’m done. On the surface it is an old school murder mystery but like an onion every layer you peel away reveals another layer, perception is in the eye of the beholder and it is an immersive experience in that your own perceptions and realities will definitely inform what you read.

We start with a manuscript section s
Zuky the BookBum
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 2017
This novel may have been slow but I found its mystery so enticing that I loved moving and learning with each character. So many theories run through this novel that you’re never sure what to think, it’s a great classic murder mystery.

It’s only taken me almost a year to knock this book off my Netgalley shelf, but I finally got there! I’d seen lots of hype for this one at the beginning of 2017 but I still didn’t feel inclined to pick it up back then. Now I’ve read it, I’m glad that I waited. I thi
Louise Wilson
3.5 stars. Peter Katz is a literary agent. He receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book Of Mirrors written by Richard Flynn. Flynn is writing a memoir about his time at Princeton around the late 1980's, his relationships with the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. In 1987 Wieder was brutally murdered at home and the case was never solved. Peter Katz is determined to get to the bottom of what happened and is convinced the full manuscript will reveal the identity of who committed this viole ...more
Even before I started this novel, I was aware of the publicity around it. Romanian author, Eugene Chirovici, who has previously written ten literary mysteries in his native country, before re-locating to the UK and trying his luck with the larger market here. It seems to have been a good move. In Romania, Chirovici had to work as a journalist; not making enough from his writing to live on. This first novel in English has resulted in a huge success – with 23 countries snapping this up and the aut ...more
Kirsty ❤️
I nearly gave this book up a quarter of the way through but seeing as the majority of Goodreads reviews were 4 or 5 stars I decided to keep trying and finish it. I really wished I'd given up. As with a lot of the books I review I received a free ARC from netgalley for an honest review. When you send to kindle every now and again the formatting goes wonky and sentences and paragraphs will have breaks in odd places. This however seemed to have had no proof reading done to it whatsoever. Around 90 ...more
Karen R
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this thriller.

Peter Katzis a literary agent who receives an unusual query and partial manuscript from fledgling writer Richard Flynn. Richard’s powerful life-changing and tragic story leaves Peter wanting to know more so he sets out to find the rest of the manuscript.

In the shared pieces of Richard’s manuscript we meet wickedly smart Laura Baines, a fellow Princeton psychology student studying to get her second Master’s; famous Professor Joseph Wieder, who runs a research prog
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue, confusion, and considerable fact distortion reign supreme in the extreme trial by memory presented by The Book of Mirrors.

Endeavouring to excavate the truth concerning a part manuscript that reveals something sinister yet confirms nothing, three men chip away at its ambiguity by applying their professional skills at different stages throughout the tale. Each one passes the baton to the next hoping the challenge can be resolved, each one unearthing new information based on the testi
Odette Brethouwer
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Well, this was a disappointment.

I LOVE the cover, and I really love the idea of the book. I also do understand why so many publishers are attracted to this book: they can relate very well to the concept of this book. That does not happen very often.

But the idea of manuscripts is overdone, because the manuscript in this book (so far so good) point towards an other lost manuscript. Too much bookinception for me. 1 time this idea: cool. 2 times: overdone it.

But the writing style was the thing that
Laura Rash
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story! I read this in 2 sittings because it just kept steamrolling & I wanted to know where & how it was going to stop! A very intricately weaved tale told from different people's viewpoints kept it very interesting!

Thanks to Atria for this early copy in exchange for review!:)
compelling and a book hard to put down though somewhat banal by the end, lacking the surprises and twists of the best in the "past happening truth found out today" genre like say K. Morton

a few observations - the few narrators have very similar voices so this not a David Mitchell novel in any fashion, but the more or less unique voice spread across the narrators is compelling

- a typical European view of the USA (very similar to serge Brussolo's view for example) - not sure how it will play here,
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery-thriller
The Book of Mirrors is the story of a cold case and a reflection on how memories work.

It is told through three different perspectives. One of the suspects of the brutal murder of a college professor writes a book about the case. Then, a journalist researches the validity of the claims found in said manuscript and, finally, a cop who had been involved in the investigation decides to dig deeper and find out once and for all who the culprit was.

I thought the format was creative and extremely adequ
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This is a book of false memories and lies. It has an intriguing premise, but it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Peter Katz, a literary agent, is sent a book proposal for a memoir by Richard Flynn. The portion of the book received by Katz is set at Princeton in 1987 and describes the relationships among the students Flynn and his roommate/lover Laura and a psychology professor, Joseph Weider. Weider was supposedly working on a secret project and had written a ground breaking book, soon to be ...more
A manuscript of a 30 year old murder finds its way to a literary agent. He is immediately intrigued by this true crime story. The victim was a famous psychology professor and the murder is still unsolved. Unfortunately the author just sent a part of the manuscript. The end is missing. The literary agent tries to contact the author just to learn that he recently died. The rest of the manuscript is nowhere to be found. So the agent asks a reporter to dig around in this old story. The reporter mana ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface this is a whodunit...but once you delve into the story, you will see (read) that it is more of an interpretation of memories. Told in three parts with three pov's, it is a nicely woven tale of a long ago murder.

I found the play on the memory theme to be very thought provoking. Interesting to read how the same event/person is seen or remembered differently from various people. The characters were varied and interesting, although I would have liked to be able to differentiate the vo
Reading Badger
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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always loved the idea of a ‘book within a book’, so imagine my delight when I discovered The Book of Mirrors – a crime fiction read that should be on everyone’s 2017 ‘to be read’ list.

Can we pause for a second and appreciate the amazing cover of this book, the shards of broken glass flying off the black background with the red font!? My interpretation: we try our best to remember past events and recall memories but can you ever really remember something one hundred percent accurately? The a
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House, Cornerstone for inviting me to read The Book Of Mirrors, a novel I would not ordinarily have chosen but am glad to have read.

In the present day literary agent Peter Katz receives part of an apparently true crime novel from Richard Flynn in which he says he will reveal who killed Professor Joseph Wieder at Princeton University in 1987. Once Katz and the reader have read the opening chapters he received he contacts Richard Flynn only to find he has
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
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The Book of Mirrors by E.O Chirovici was truly a book that I would describe as a slow burn. Not truly a thriller per say, but more a slow moving mystery. This one read like a noir detective novel. Even though it is set in the 1980s, it felt more like it would fit in the 1950s.

What I Liked:
Format: I did love the book within a book format. I think novels that do this successfully are incredibly smart and w
Tavi Florescu
Things are not always what they seem. Especially when the mirror is broken. This is what E. Chirovici show us in his latest novel, when he collects shards of memories of a wannabe writer, Richard Flynn, of his girlfriend Laura, and of an amnesiac handyman (Derek Simmons) to get a glimpse of the mysterious circumstances that led to the death of a renown Princeton’s professor (Joseph Wieder).
He builds his novel on a trifold structure by means of three narrators, Flynn’s editor–Peter Kaz, a restle
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
What is wrong with me?! Nothing is good! Yet another book that I can't review on my blog as it just didn't do anything for me!
Initially, I thought it would be a gripping read. But my interest waned rapidly and I was left disappointed. Grateful as always for the opportunity to read and review. Sadly another one that missed the mark.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh I really liked this book for the entire-every section through and through. 4.5 stars and it is 4.5 stars most especially in the triplet form of 3 narrators. Not switching back and forth- just forth and in one direction toward "seeing" what is and has been truly within "the mirrors".

You "get" the absolute being in love of Richard Flynn. You "get" John Keller's dilemma and life transits. You "get" Roy Freeman's regrets and also his current determination. Those 3. And only one of them is actual
Babus Ahmed
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this literary thriller which starts with an unsolved murder from 1987 of eminent professor or psychology, Joseph Wieder, who was found murdered in his home on the outskirts of Princeton. When one of the suspect's questioned, Richard Flynn, sends the first part of a manuscript recalling what he remembers of events leading up to the murder, literary agent, Peter Katz, he is enthralled and wants to get on board with the rest of the manuscript, however before he can do so tragedy ...more
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Eugen O. Chirovici had a career in mass-media, running a national daily newspaper and then a TV news channel. He has published over 1,000 articles in Romania and abroad. He currently holds three honorary doctorates (in Economics, Communication & History) and is a member of the Romanian Academy of Science. He is the recipient of sev

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