Overall, so dull, lifeless, gray like the setting in the book Confused A go nowhere tale I had a hard time reading it, kept falling asleep The cover does this book some justice, if you are looking for a dark, depressing, slow and boring story, there you go Sorry, dear author, I really tried to like it since it was recommended. This is a story with many levels, one which explores the human condition and how decisions can affect lives And if those are the wrong ones, then maybe a void is opened enough to be plunged into another world , where lessons are learned or not.This was an extremely well written book that brought alive the characters, whose strands intertwined with each other to such an extent that on one level we could see that everything is connected It is a lengthy piece where the reader must concentrate on the intricacies, so as not to miss the layer upon layer of meaning.The world beyond or within depending upon your point of view, is filled with secrets and discoveries into the lives of the characters, where memories are explored and decisions left wanting.Can they learn the lessons and move on, or will they be forever locked into a Hell of their own making Expertly done. Four Year Old Justine Has Been Lost To The World And With Her An Ability Feared By Many But The Balance Of Power Has Been Shifting For Years, And Justine May Be Able To Tip Those Scales For Goodif Someone Can Find Her In A Pitiless Place Of Sorrow And PainWhen Marie Evans Meets A Strange Man On A Deserted Road And A Body Is Found Mutilated In The Desert, A Deep Resentment Teetering On The Edge Of Release Is About To Explode Someone, Somewhere Has Drawn A Line In The Sand, And When Harlan Reese, Marie S Ex Lover, Enters A Forest In Central Arizona Looking For His Daughter, That Line Will Be CrossedIn A World Between Heaven And Hell, The Past Becomes The Present As Harlan And Marie Find Each Other Once Again Their Journey Across An Unforgiving Land To Find A Way Home With Justine By Their Side Will Be Wrought With Both Pain And TriumphLife Is, After All, A Difficult Mirror Thank you to Benjamin Wretlind for sharing his father s wise and important words.Being a first time reader of Wretlind s work I was unsure of what to expect but I must be honest what a treat Justine , so young, scared, alone and trapped in a strange place You can actually feel her fear ,anxiety and desperation Bad memories seem to rule and they smother you It reminds me of a scene from The field of dreams where the souls are screaming and crying in what s supposed to be hell When you done reading A Difficult Mirror you left questioning yourself what would you do in world or reality of your own worst decisions A rather scary and sobering thought..A Difficult Mirror is filled with suspense, mystery and actually something of everything to satisfy all genres.Reviewed by Heidi Author Benjamin X Wretlind has become one of my favorite authors over the years with his engaging and entertaining works He s the next big thing in literary fiction and A Difficult Mirror is another outstanding read.His well crafted characters transform from words to living breathing beings each in turn telling me of their trials and tribulations When you read a Wretlind novel, you don t just read through it No You linger within his worlds and mingle with his people quickly becoming engrossed This novel is no different.Poor Justine, only four years old and trapped in an unknown place You will feel her fear, and the other characters desperation seeps through the pages It s an epic tale in the vein of Stephen King s The Stand that cannot and should not be missed. This is a story with many levels, one which explores the human condition and how decisions can affect lives And if those are the wrong ones, then maybe a void is opened enough to be plunged into another world , where lessons are learned or not.This was an extremely well written book that brought alive the characters, whose strands intertwined with each other to such an extent that on one level we could see that everything is connected It is a lengthy piece where the reader must concentrate on the intricacies, so as not to miss the layer upon layer of meaning.The world beyond or within depending upon your point of view, is filled with secrets and discoveries into the lives of the characters, where memories are explored and decisions left wanting.Can they learn the lessons and move on, or will they be forever locked into a Hell of their own making Expertly done. This is a compelling story You ll be reading along and think what Some things will not be what you re expecting but it will definitely keep you reading The author takes you on an intriguing journey of trying to figure out where the story is going It is a really good story of guilt, mistakes and the people it hurts and people getting lost in all of that This is a story that has many levels to it you will feel like you re in one realm only to morph into another with visions and nightmares coming to life It is a difficult mirror, one that will have you think about what you truly do believe. I received this book in an author s giveaway and I m glad I did.A Difficult Mirror is a difficult book to describe easily Is it a crime story about a little girl s kidnapping Is it a horror story about a deranged killer preying on women Is it a fantasy about unsuspecting travelers being suck into a bizarre world Yes A Difficult Mirror is what you find yourself staring into when you are forced to examine your past Wretlind forces us to think about how we would react if dropped into a strange unknown world to face our worst decisions Do you have the strength of will to persevere and find your way to the truth This was not an easy book to read, but well worth the effort It requires the reader to focus to find his her way through the levels of reality and perception it s not just a single difficult mirror, but several mirrors reflecting portions of each other back to the reader.Wretlind explores people s relationships and emotions and forces us to grapple with our own perceptions and evaluations of our emotions.Read this it will blow your mind. Are you curious about this so called difficult mirror I am.Disclaimer I was given an advance review copy by the author This review is unbiased and only in my honest opinion.This is my first time reading this novel by Benjamin and there are some quotes that I like in this story One of them is Why me Why was I given this glimpse and not allowed to exist as others do oblivious to the obvious that surrounds everyone and everything Journal of Eli Jonas This short quote really made me think a little what the author was trying to relate I can bet you will too As I read through the whole novel, I realised there are to this journal.This novel sets in the modern day with twists of fantasy coupled with mystery elements The character Marie Evans courage is worth commenting as she met this mystery naked man on the road The whole story is really full of mysteries, suspense and thrills to tickle your mind.Marie Evans in this story is rather a young lady with compassion as she stopped by to help this stranger What I can say is that this author has put reasonable effort to add mysteries, thrills and suspense to this character She and this person Harlan Reese appears, she was determined to move on will she able to do it For this novel, I like the way Benjamin illustrated Marie and Harlan characters The plot switches between fantasy and modern day setting This novel is suitable from young adults to mature adult like me The story does hold itself together very much The characters know their strengths and weakness as painted so vividly by the author Rest assured that if you think you aren t able to identify who are the good and bad guys, think again.As mentioned earlier, this is my time reading Benjamin X Wretlind A Difficult Mirror This book is a simple to follow book with lots of surprises, twists, and mysteries Although there are some fantasies, mature readers like myself will find it interesting to read I believe it will appeal most to teens and young adults If you like novel with some horror, fantasy, suspense and thrills, you ll definitely get lots of entertainment and enjoyment out of this novel.If you like Shannon Mayer s Priceless A Rylee Adamson Novel Susanna Kearsley s Rose Garden Lori Martin s The Darkling Hillsyou ll definitely get lots of entertainment out of this novel.If there s one thing I d change about this book, it would be to be consistent with the main character development In this case, I would think Marie Evans needs some form of polish As this author is rather new to me, I would expect him to be consistent on his approach on his characters On an overall note, I would find that his writing style simple to read and understand I will be reading of his works soon.I read this novel on my iPad kindle app with ease It has good formating and layout I have no trouble find the pages.If you found this review useful, let the community know by sharing this review with your friends.
A Difficult Mirror,
- 352 pages
- A Difficult Mirror (Maskiyl #1)
- Benjamin X. Wretlind
- 19 April 2019 Benjamin X. Wretlind