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  • Didn't go far enough

    When Jeremiah signs up for a cloning experiment he thinks it will be an easy way to make some money, but as he watches his life fall apart he begins to question everything he has been told… I always love reading a good sci-fi novel and The Mirror Man intrigued me from the off – clones and drugs that let you see into people’s minds and influence their thoughts made for a great premise. However, I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the end result. Although The Mirror Man is a really interesting look into one man’s life and the lessons he learns as he spends a year watching his clone interacting with his family, I did feel that it missed the opportunity for some really great plot points. The whole plot for me could have been a lot more sinister; we do get a bit of a glimpse into ViGen and the darker underside to Meld with it’s (unproven) side effects of making the users commit suicide however this isn’t pushed far enough. The drug in general really intrigued me but it seemed the author couldn’t quite decide what it did - it starts off giving users just a brief glimpse into another person’s mind – you get flashes of memories, shapes of feelings etc. However, this is the same drug that is used to completely implant all of the fully formed life-time memories of Jeremiah into his clone so this seemed a little inconsistent. We also hear very early on that it has been blamed for several suicide attempts, however our main character takes it a lot (twice in one day at one point) and yet doesn’t seem to suffer from a lot of the symptoms – his crisis is mainly down to watching his clone and the decisions it makes on a day to day basis, rather than the impact of the drug. We also get a glimpse into the shady corporation Jeremiah works for – ViGen and the motivations behind starting this experiment. However, again I felt this was a little underdeveloped. I liked the idea of the reasoning behind the experiment and the rush to get results but I would have liked to have learnt more about it. Similarly when things start to go wrong I would have liked to have known more about how certain events came about and who orchestrated them (I actually had a more sinister idea of the clone being at fault for most of the story but this is not explored.) I was also *really* hoping for a proper shock twist at the end and had some really nice ideas as to where I hoped the ending would go. When it comes to fully sentient clones who think they are the human original there are some nice twists that almost beg themselves to be written. Although the book started in this direction towards the end, it was then resolved and the ending itself felt too lacklustre. Overall, The Mirror Man was a bit of a disappointment for me – it’s a great premise but isn’t explored or constructed to a far enough degree for my taste. Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin Mira for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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