Mirror on the Soul by Andrew Langley
A “fake” psychic helps a real ghost get justice.
Publisher’s Description: A fake psychic medium’s world is torn apart when he unwittingly opens a very real door into the supernatural.
Supernatural swindler, Nathen Turner, cons believers out of thousands by pretending to have psychic powers. From the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, to the Gothic town of Whitby, Turner claims he can talk to the dead and predict the future.
But when the ghostly voice of a young girl calls out to him during a sham séance, Turner is afraid. Something, or someone, is trying to make contact. Unwittingly the fake psychic medium has opened a very real door into the supernatural.
Now the dead are talking back and the only thing on their mind is revenge…
Set in Las Vegas, Whitby and Japan, Mirror on the Soul is an entertaining supernatural thriller that peeps behind the veil of fraudulent psychic mediums.
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Possible spoilers beyond this point.
I failed miserably. Yep, you heard me. Blew it. Bombed. Had my schedule blow up in my face. I want to send out a huge apology to author Andrew Langley because I did not get his book read in time to publish a review. I’m about 19% done. This is a book that I had been really interested in reading, but things didn’t go my way. With the knowledge of how far I read, I want to tell you what I thought about the little I did read.
It is well written. I enjoyed the characters and the development of the protagonist was very good. I especially enjoyed getting the inside scoop on how fake psychics can pull a person in and hold them captive with a few well placed words that the person who is being read would want to hear. The tricks are very easy to interpret once I knew what to look for. I am not saying I could be a fake psychic – no – I would have to practice for years in order to get as good as Nathen. I can tell you that 19% is about the spot that the plot really starts taking itself seriously. Just as I was about to embark on the journey, my time ran out.
I cannot, in good conscience, even give you a rating. I apologize for my lack of time management.
I kinda like stories about “fake” psychics and the “real” supernatural. Jamie Vegas is one of my favorite characters in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, and I always wanted a sequel to the movie Ghost about Whoopie Goldberg’s character dealing with her newfound ability to talk to the dead (I loved Mentalist, too, but no supernatural there).
So Mirror on the Soul, by Andrew Langley, seemed right up my alley! Mirror starts out in Las Vegas where Nathan Turner is attending a psychic convention. He does a few readings while he’s there, so the reader gets to learn about the tricks Nathan uses to “read” his customers. This is the part about fake psychics I like; I want to know how they can dupe people so well–partly because the psychology is so interesting and partly to better educate myself on how not to be duped. Not that I see psychics a lot, but still. Forewarned is forearmed, right?
After leaving Las Vegas, with its bright lights and blatant commercialism, Nathan returns home to Whitby in England, a beautiful gothic town on the coast – the town where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, actually. A town in which it would be very easy to believe in the supernatural. Easier than in Vegas, anyway. Any supernatural activity in Vegas is focused solely on parting you from your money, I’m sure.
In Whitby, the “real” supernatural comes calling for Nathan, and from this point on, it’s a classic vengeance ghost story with a slight Japanese twist. Yay for vengeance!
Mirror on the Soul is available tomorrow–Halloween!–on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble, and it will be available from other retailers soon. It’s a perfect Halloween pick for fans of ghost stories, so don’t miss it!
Andrew Langley started writing professionally over thirty years ago to accompany his work as a photojournalist. In a wide-ranging career that has seen him travel the world, his work has featured in national newspapers/magazines and on television. With the onset of multiple sclerosis, Andrew now lives a more sedentary lifestyle, creating his new adventures on paper. Mirror on the Soul is his first Nathen Turner novel. The second novel featuring Nathen Turner, Dark Nights of the Soul, is due for release in 2016.
If you like this book…
…you might like Kelley Armstrong’s No Humans Involved and the short story, Amityville Horrible. Though these are part of the Women of the Otherworld series, they can be read alone. For tales of a not-so-fake psychic, try Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly series or maybe Amanda Stevens’s Graveyard Queen series.