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The Mirror Man

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Meet Jeremiah Adams. There are two of him.

The offer is too tempting: be part of a scientific breakthrough, step out of his life for a year, and be paid hugely for it. When ViGen Pharmaceuticals asks Jeremiah to be part of an illegal cloning experiment, he sees it as a break from an existence he feels disconnected from. No one will know he’s been replaced—not the son who ig
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by MIRA (first published June 30th 2020)
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I won't be surprised to see this getting the hype of Blake Crouch's DARK MATTER when it comes out in June. THE MIRROR MAN isn't just a speculative exploration of the nearing horizons of advances in biotechnology, it's also a striking tale of what makes us human, and how we're defined by our actions.

Jeremiah is a marketing manager for ViGen pharmaceuticals. When he accepts $10 million in exchange for a year of his life to participate in a
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
The Mirror Man is a fast-paced, Techno-Thriller that explores the ramifications of an illegal cloning experiment.

Set in the near future, our protagonist, Jeremiah Adams, works in the Marketing Department for ViGen Pharmaceuticals.

He’s surprised when he is offered the opportunity to take part in a top-secret scientific experiment, for which he will be generously compensated. We are talking ten million dollars.

What does he have to do, you ask?

It’s pretty simple actually. Jeremiah agrees to allow
Sylvain Neuvel
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE MIRROR MAN is about looking in the mirror and coming to terms with what you see. Jane Gilmartin’s cloning story is both profound and artfully contained. Locked in a closed space with our main character, we secretly watch him as he watches himself. The result is at times claustrophobic, always disturbingly intimate for both reader and character. Sharing this man’s most inward thoughts as he wrestles with who he is, we can’t help but do the same. Brilliant!
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews.

Jeremiah Adams is a marketing executive for ViMed Pharmaeceuticals, which has created a controversial drug called Meld.

Meld neurologically connects people's minds, so doctors and therapists can learn the thoughts of disturbed or comatose patients, and perhaps craft treatments. Unfortunately, Meld has also become a street drug, and has driven
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, sci-fi
4.5 Stars

The Mirror Man is a techno thriller revolving around the exploration of biotechnology. Jeremiah, our protagonist, is working as a marketing manager for ViGen Pharmaceuticals. He was offered 10 Million dollars to participate in a revolutionary scientific experiment. All he needs to agree to is to allow his company to create a clone of him. I would agree to it in a heartbeat, i mean... 10 million dollars? SAY LESS He takes Meld, an experimental drug which is basically like a USB, transfer
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley, blogtour
When I finished this book the first thing out of my mouth was “I really liked that,” I know it seems pretty generic, but it was my first instant reaction, usually the most important one, and even after thinking about it a while now, I still feel the same way.

This is considered a techno thriller. Usually not my thing, I steer away from sci-fi and stuff like that, but the synopsis really called to me because to me I saw more of a medical/genetic thriller, and you know I love anything medical. I a
Erik McManus
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Would I compare it to Blake Crouch? Not exactly, but I can see where those vibes came from. I think the fact that I have read Blake Crouch books before this one made it very predictable and I was calling all the things that happened before they did. That is why is brought down the rating for me.

I believe that someone coming into this with no prior knowledge of Crouch's books would love it and find themselves completely captured in the story. It is also simi
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
If you could have a clone replace you for a year, unbeknownst to anyone at all, and get paid $10M for it, would you? I mean, it's TEN MILLION DOLLARS! Phew! It's been a minute since I've read some addictive sci-fi and Gilmartin delivers.

We have all seen the advances in science throughout our decades on this planet. We've even seen cloning happening and talks of organ possibilities to extend the human life. We have also seen this type of storyline from other books and movies. However, what The Mi
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'm going to start with my not-so-nitpicky-bit.

For the love of all that's holy, can authors please stop comparing a black or brown person's skin color to food? Like...what the heck is the color of bitter-sweet chocolate besides brown??? Just say brown. It was a minor, absolutely unimportant character, but still...

Okay to the rest of the book:

This was a very interesting story. There aren't a bunch of twists - much of what you focus on is really the ethical implication of what's happening here
Mirror Man is being billed as a science fiction thriller. But I feel that Gilmartin spends more time addressing the moral dilemma of human cloning. Jeremiah has the benefit of being an outsider looking into his life. He sees a lot that he does like and grows to understand how his circumstances and his limitations are the result of his own decisions. As time passes he becomes more judgmental of himself while learning to be more empathetic towards his clone and his family. Unfortunately, this mome ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

How many times have you wished you could clone yourself? To have a double take over your life, just for a little while, so you can catch a quick breather? In Jane Gilmartin’s The Mirror Man, the ability to achieve this has become a reality, albeit the technology is highly illegal. The possibility of creating a perfect copy of a human being, complete with same personalities and memories, is not something the world is ready
Have you seen this movie “The Island”? As part of medical procedure, they clone the original human counterparts and use the body parts of the respective clone incase the original human needs it.

The Mirror Man has a similar storyline on the clone part, except the former happens in a dystopian future, but this is a reality. The story is interesting and has good amount of suspense to it. I knew what was gonna happen at the end, but I kept reading just for the feel! Overall an entertaining novel.

Miki Mackennedy
Jeremiah is your average work-a-day Joe, having given up his dreams to be an acclaimed newspaper reporter years ago. He now finds himself, middle-aged, not-so-happily married, with a teen-aged son who barely acknowledges his existence. At least he has Louie, his faithful dog.

Jeremiah, head of marketing at ViMed Pharmaceuticals had done some great marking work for their newest product, Meld. Meld is an amazing drug that allows doctors and therapists entrance into their patients’ minds.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
"...No one, none of us, is ever really who we think we are. We tell ourselves lies to feel better, but they're just lies. The truth is a lot harder to look at... You either accept who you are, or you change it."

When I read science fiction, I want it to be thought-provoking. The Mirror Man definitely is.

What are the little things in life that you take for granted? What would you see if you were to view yourself from an outside perspective-- would you like yourself? If not, to what extent can you
Sharon Layburn
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-from-pub, sci-fi
3.5 stars
On the surface it might look like Jeremiah Adams has a life to envy. Below the surface? That's another story. Finding himself in a bit of a mid-life crisis, when he is offered a once in a lifetime job opportunity, Jeremiah jumps at the chance to temporarily walk away from his life without anyone knowing. All he has to do is agree to participate in a ground breaking science experiment: he will allow himself to be cloned, and the clone will spend one year living as Jeremiah while scientis
Leili V.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeremiah accepts $10 million dollars to have himself cloned and step out of his life for one year as the clone replaces him.

This was a fast-paced read that I needed right now. Jeremiah seems 'real' - he definitely has his flaws, and watching him watch himself and pick up on these was fun. The science aspect of this is really minimal (pretty much absent - there's a clone {hand wave hand wave}) so don't go into it looking for that. It's a thriller that's hard to put down for the last hundred pages
Robin Loves Reading
Would you trade your life for a year for ten million dollars? That is the decision that Jeremiah Adams had to make and that is exactly what he did. He agreed to be cloned for a year. His clone would live his life. Go to his place of employment. Live and interact with his wife and teenage son. However, this was a cloning experiment, one not even legal. What is more is that Jeremiah would have to watch the clone for several hours each day as the experiment would continue. The duration was a year. ...more
My thoughts
Rating :4
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 352
Pub date:October 20,2020
Publisher: MIRA
Would I recommend it? Yes, But only to the ones I know who loves Science Fiction .
Would I read anything else by this author ? Maybe
First off like i do each and every time i want ti thank MIRA- HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for the invite to read and review it as well as the invite to join their blog tour as well as a thanks to NetGalley .
Now on to my thoughts about the book: As soon as it I
Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
A huge thank you to Emer Flounders for allowing me access to The Mirror Man in exchange for a honest review!

This book kept me on my toes from beginning to end; you really get to see Jeremiah grow as a character throughout the story as he sees just how much impact his choice in participating in this cloning experiment has on his life and the people he cares about while he simply watches the events play out.

You see Jeremiah grapple with the mistakes he’s made and the lengths he’s willing to go t
Margo Kelly
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating premise but bland delivery. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this book – thus the 4 star rating, and I do recommend it for the interesting premise alone . . .

However . . .

Page after page, I found myself wanting. I wanted more of a creepy vibe. I wanted more tension. I wanted more plot and character development. And in the end, I wanted more from the main character. If the ending had been stronger, I would’ve given this 5 stars, because I could’ve overlooked the other issues, but as is,
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you again Edelweiss for the early review copy. I read what this book was about and got super excited. (Havent read a decent clone story in a long time).

What I liked the most was the self reflecting done while our "original copy" viewed himself. Went a bit Ebenezer Scrooge there. Made him a much better person.

I don't know if it's because it's a proof copy or not but we never figure out a big part of the story after someone (don't want to spoil it) gets killed off. Like seriously?! Were they
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. Mystery & Thriller
THE MIRROR MAN will hold a special place in my heart going forward. It reminded me, thematically if not stylistically, of a number of the science fiction novels published in the early to mid-1960s. At one point, I made a note to myself that it puts one in the mind of a collaboration between Philip K. Dick and Michael Crichton, who wrote pseudonymous titles prior to his breakout hit, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, in 1969. Is THE MIRROR MAN that good? You bet! It is inventive, poignant and occasionally te ...more
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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.


If you could have a clone of yourself, would you agree to be cloned? That is the question that Jeremiah is faced with. He agrees to be cloned, and sits back and watches from afar his clone living out his life - with his wife, his job, his son, etc. And he will be paid quite well for agreeing to be part of this cloning experiment. If you were clo
Alyson Stone
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Book: The Mirror Man
Author: Jane Gilmartin
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for sending me an ARC.

I did actually find this title very difficult to rate. On the one hand, I really did enjoy it, but on the other, I thought it was really lacking something. There were certain parts of the book that I was actually very interested in, while others I thought were lacking. I did find myself skimming parts and unable to put it down in other parts. I don’t know what
J_Mc 251
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will say that it took me a bit to get into this story, but I’m glad that I stuck with it because not only was it good sci fi, it also produced an interesting commentary on humanity and how we all see each other. Jeremiah works for a company that has produced a drug called Meld that essentially allows for entrance into people’s minds. This same company has “perfected” cloning. In short, Jeremiah is chosen (volunteers?) to be the subject of a new experiment. Right away I got a feeling of forebod ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC through Goodreads giveaway. This was a very good book for a debut. It is a very thought provoking thriller. It really makes one think and wonder what would you do if you could watch a perfect clone of you living your daily life. What are the moral, ethical, and spiritual implications and consequences? Especially if you throw in a drug like Meld from the book. What would it mean if a drug could transfer and share thoughts with others? Where does science and humanity draw the l ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an thrilling science fiction read! It was interesting to see how the author differentiated Jeremiah from his clone and Jeremiah's reaction to being part of the experiment. The action really ramps up in the second half of the novel. I loved the twists. I can't wait to read more books by this excellent author! ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Sometime in the possible future a PR guy gets cloned by his company that released a unique drug called Meld. Those two aspects are intertwined, although different aspects, and it's a bit of a crazy book. The writing was okay but not exceptional.

What was up with all the references to beer drinking? The interesting aspect to the book is looking at who you are, and realizing where you can do, or be, a better person.

Thanks to MIRA/Harlequin and NetGalley for an uncorrected electronic advance review
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