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Dragged. Characters cardboard and little sexual tension.
on 5 March 1999
Laura and her "soulmate" were both flat. I couldn't figure out why they were in love, other than a very strong sexual attraction. What did she bring to him, and he to her? WHY did they complete each other? Take away Laura's strange fears and reactions left over from being reincarnated, and she is completely without definition. The hero was intriguing at first, but I lost interest in him when he so quickly seduced Laura and did little else but get her into bed. The other characters seemed to have stepped right out of a romance written 50 years ago--what women these days hang around the house all day doing nothing but reading, playing piano, and walking in the garden? To have five full-grown women doing nothing else made it very hard to relate to them. Though all the murderers were women, none of them were very intriguing people. The plot was predictable (we all knew who the baddest person in the house was from the get-go). I wanted one of the shy wallflowers to be the murderer--at least it would have been a surprise. And ALL the women in the house had secret romances, except the matriarch. All FOUR of them. Plus the heroine's best friend! Talk about too much! The ending was far too obvious. We knew from the beginning about the soulmate business, so the mystery of the mirror was very predictable. But why didn't the heroine ever consider the possibility of former lives at any point? Also, unrealistically, her college-student researcher managed to put together the entire history of the mirror in a week or two, complete with lost diaries and letters. As if it would ever be that easy in real life. Worse, the murderer of course admits to the crime the second the heroine asks her about it, in full detail. Talk about a pat ending! Where was the suspense? Finally, the heroine's life was NEVER in danger, despite the blurb on the back. Never once did I feel she was entering dangerous territory. Where's the suspense in that? All in all, a yawner.