The Woman In the Mirror (An Alexandra Mallory Novel) by Cathryn Scott

The Woman In the Mirror: (A Psychological Suspense Novel) (Alexandra Mallory Book 1) by [Grant, Cathryn]

Publisher: D2C Productions

Date of publication: July 1st, 2016

Where can you find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Alexandra loves martinis and men. 

But she hates misogynists.

Men want her. 

Women like her, but they don’t always know why.

She has an insatiable curiosity and sometimes takes risks she shouldn’t.

Trying to escape the consequences of her risky behavior, she rents a room in a clifftop bungalow, where she finds herself caught in a web of deception and jealousy.

When she untangles the lies, she’s compelled to right a terrible wrong, even at the risk of revealing secrets of her own.

A hypnotic sociopath you can’t help but love.

A gripping, page-turning journey, peeling back more and more layers through tantalizing revelations of the past.

My review:

I couldn’t get into this book. I mean, I liked the blurb when I read it, and the fact that it was a psychological thriller drew me in. But once I started reading it, I couldn’t get into it.

It was both Jared and Alexandra’s characters. Strike that, I know it was both Jared and Alexandra’s characters.

I know the author wanted Alexandra to be a strong, mysterious female lead. And in some ways, she was. The author did a great job of releasing key facts about Alexandra at the right moment in the book. What I didn’t get was Alexandra having sex with every single guy she came into contact. Everyone, except for Tom. It made Alexandra look like a slut than this mysterious person.

Jared’s character had promise in the book. So much. I liked him in the beginning. He came across as this guy who got stressed out at work and needed to take a break. He then got stalked by his landlady, which was fine until he got 110% obsessed with Alexandra. Every chapter that was from his perspective was all about her and how much he needed her. I guess it was supposed to show how she casts her spell over men, but it showed how pathetic Jared was.

The story was ok. It kept me on my toes with following the various subplots that all involved Alexandra. One subplot went back to her college days, one to right after she left college and then the couple in her present. The more I read, the more I realized how Alexandra sticks up for people that she perceives are the underdog.

The ending of the book was a bit of a surprise. The author did a great job of ending all the substory lines in the preceding chapters. I was a little shocked at how things ended. Despite saying that I couldn’t get into the book, in the beginning, I would like to read the next book. The way this book ended left it open for another book.

How many stars will I give The Woman In the Mirror? 3

Why? A good book but it lacked with the thriller part. Plus, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought the male main character was a bit of a wuss.

Will I reread? Maybe

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Adult

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**