I read The Mirrors by E.F. Townsend earlier this month and really liked it. It could be considered a ghost story, so it is fitting for this time of year.
The Mirrors is the first book in a new series - A Tori Hartley Mystery.
About: "Is it a murderer or a ghost?
Tori Hartley rents out one of the magnificent old mansions in Old Louisville to Scott Mallory, who disappears without a trace. Facing an alarming lack of physical evidence, the police look to Scott’s blog, in which he claims to have been trying to contact a ghost by hanging hundreds of mirrors though out the house. Frantic to find her son, Scott’s mother hires a paranormal detective, Hal Breakspear. Tori finds an unlikely ally in Hal as together they investigate to determine if there truly is paranormal activity in the house, or if it only a ruse to hide a real crime by a flesh-and-blood murderer."
This description doesn't do this book justice. I found it gripping; a mesmerizing tale of ghosts, murder, historical fiction and romance.
Tori is trying to start a new life in Louisville; owning an old, large mansion and renting it out, while buying and selling antiques.
When the police are investigating the disappearance of her one and only renter, Scott, she finds that he has lined the long hallway with mirrors of all kinds. When Hal, a private investigator and paranormal investigator is called in, Tori inserts herself into the investigation. Scott's blog has some clues as to why all the mirrors, and hints about a ghost but it ended abruptly and now he is missing.
Lots of creepy, scary things happen during their investigations that made me jump. As Tori talks to the neighbors and historical experts of the area, many things are found out that may account for a haunting. BUT some other things are going on that point to something else. Very well written to keep you guessing and looking over your shoulder.
I think this will be a good series. My guess is that Tori will join Hal in more of his investigations even though he prefers to work solo.
I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily provided this review.