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Book review: 'The Mist in the Mirror' by Susan Hill

A haunting British ghost story, “The Mist in the Mirror” falters in the end.
Oklahoman Published: March 30, 2014

The whole story takes place in a dreary winter setting. The only comfort Monmouth finds in an uncaring world is an elegant country mansion or a gentlemen’s club in Pall Mall. The dark atmosphere creates the setting for a ghostly tale.

He hears of a woman with the name of Monmouth living at Kittiscar in Yorkshire. He eventually goes there and finds a past that includes Conrad Vane.

It is a good mystery that kept my interest until the end. The more Monmouth learns about Conrad Vane, the more frightening he becomes, even though he’s dead. The author keeps us guessing about Vane’s connection to Monmouth, and I was glad to reach the end of the story to find out. But the author left several things unanswered. Who was the gypsy lady behind the beaded curtain? What happened to Monmouth’s parents? The final scene has the potential to be terrifying, but instead it was a disappointment.

Betty Lytle, for The Oklahoman


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