Review- Image in a Cracked Mirror (Violet Darger #1.5)

Image in a Cracked Mirror (Violet Darger #1.5)
By: L.T. Vargus & Tim McBain
Release Date: June 8th, 2017
Publisher: Smarmy Press
Series: Violet Darger

When I saw that there was a novella between book one and two of the series I was curious as to why it was just a novella and not a full blown book. However, I agree with the decision made by the authors to keep this short as the case, while disturbing, wasn’t too complicated and it gave us further insight into Violet and Loshak.

We pick up a few months after book one and Loshak is heading to Washington state to look at a gruesome case. It’s clear that Loshak wants to mentor Violet and help her career so Violet goes along. I loved to see their relationship grow piece by piece and I appreciated that Violet never backed down to Loshak, despite him being a more senior agent and veteran with experience. Loshak, to his credit, is learning to trust his new pseudo-partner while also being sure she avoids certain pitfalls and errors.

Between the death of the entire family (including children) and the broken mirrors throughout the house I was intrigued about the psyche of the killer and I wasn’t that disappointed by the result, even if the solve was quick and the answers came out fast once the killer was caught. Still, the tension and build up to that point, until we know for sure it’s the right guy, had me flipping through this novella quickly.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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