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This is Susan Hill at the top of her form. I really enjoyed this book all the way to the finish.
It is a beautifully written, evocative book, with all the deft touches Hill fans expect.
There are moments of Dickensian brilliance: perfect names, unusual characters, and yes, a convenient coincidence or two. At other times, the piece becomes Kafkaesque: is our protagonist on a senseless quest, inexorably led on from one place to another only to find his ruin?
The search for the elusive Vane culminates in an ending which leaves more questions unanswered than resolved. I love that in an otherworldly tale like this. I recommend it to all who love a chilling ghost story, but save it for this fall, when a chill is in the air...
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Believe me when I say I have read a lot of ghost stories!
This is so well-written (by the author of The Woman in Black) and the descriptions are so vivid that it is like being right there in a haunted library at a very old boys school in England. Many other locales and situations in the book spring to life with the able narration of Matt Addis. I am so reluctant to have this book end that I have been rationing it out on my walks to make it last!
Get it - you will not regret it, and you will have a good story to listen to around the fire as autumn and the holidays approach. There is a great chapter showcasing Christmas in the English countryside.
It is so rewarding to find a tale like this - enjoy!
Thank you Susan Hill!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
After the first few chapters I found myself looking through my audible and kindle library looking to see if I had read this book before. It wasn't to I was into the book that I released that it reminded me of 2 books I had already heard by Susan Hill. A lot of the scenes in this book are very similar to her other ghost stories. I would say that it was not time well spent because of this and was very disappointed with this story.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I found the ending was a little confusing. I thought it did not really finish the whole story fully and I was left with questions unanswered.
Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?
I thought Matt Addis gave a brilliant performance for all the characters.
Did Mist in the Mirror inspire you to do anything?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What would have made Mist in the Mirror better?
Needed a plot with muster.
Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Hill again?
What does Matt Addis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Best thing about the book well narrated.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Not worth the money
3 of 3 people found this review helpful