Behind the Mirror by Fay E Simon
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (153 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Orchid
What would you do if your favorite novel suddenly became a reality? What would you do if the handsome main character of that novel fell in love with you? During a trip to Paris with her friends, nineteen-year-old Emma King walks through an antique mirror and into the embrace of Ehrich de Natois, the mysterious main character of her favorite novel. Unfortunately, whether in books or real life, living happily ever after just doesn’t happen. Emma realizes this when she is pulled into the “in between;” a place between dimensions, a place much darker and more surreal than she could ever imagine.
Emma travels through the mirror to Paris in the past where she meets her soulmate, the Master of Arts in the Théâtre Ranier. Her memory has gone and she wonders if she can stay with the man she loves who will kill without the slightest hesitation. As her memory returns she quickly pushes aside these concerns as she longs to take Ehrich back to the future with her.
A little reminiscent of Phantom of the Opera but with a teenage twist. I couldn’t quite believe Emma’s reaction to Ehrich’s wild ways. I felt they should have frightened her, but she accepted his violence and killing with barely a flinch. In fact she seems to take on some violent trends herself.
The romantic moments are tender and sweet, and the strong emotion between the two of them is wonderful. I like the way Emma showed herself to be an independent woman, not the subservient female Ehrich was used to.
Despite the fact I would have preferred a little more lead in to Emma’s acceptance of Ehrich’s violence I did enjoy reading this good book.