'Mirror Deep', by Joss Landry'Mirror Deep', by Joss Landry
Worthy of Holly...

If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Joss Landry, with her debut, Mirror Deep, had fashioned Katherine, the novel’s hero, to my liking. A horse-whisperer, she’s spunky, independent, courageous, obstinate, and sensitive… with cropped-blond hair to top it all off – boy, did I enjoy writing those words! Indeed, she recalls somewhat Truman Capote’s Holiday Golightly in his famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s, book version.

So there you have at least one out of my five stars.

But of course the book is much more than that. It’s a psychological thriller, detective, romance, ghost-story, and possibly more, rolled into one whole; a little gem.

I don’t want to give too much away, only to say that the talented – sexy – Katherine Bonner will one day discover that she isn’t who she’d always believed she was, by birth, thus igniting a whole series of events and twists with each turn of a page; and right up until the end – ‘villains’ and ‘heroes’ taking us for a ride.

For any reader of the above genres, you really can’t go wrong. And it has a superb plot-line.

But there’s something beyond that for me. And that is the narrative voice, which has an Austin-esque quality, even if the book is set in the present day. I’m referring to Joss Landry’s adept use of free-indirect-discourse, within the 3rd-person narration; how, at times, the author is so engrossed in telling the story that, in turn, we as readers become engrossed also; by the way she taps into the thoughts of her characters; like, if the author will allow me the privilege, the sentence below:

Many questions assailed him, but running on empty with no courage to spare, not even to clear his throat, he stared at the table, turning the brim of his hat in his hands, not quite sure what to do with the damn thing.

It’s persuasive... Yes, I’ll be reading more of her work.

You can get the book here <<