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Book Review: Shadow in the Mirror by Deepti Menon

The first book I picked up this year as a part of the Blogchatter Book Review program is “Shadow in the Mirror”. I was happy with my decision, as this book has become a good companion for me during my last travel. I just couldn’t keep the book down, as Deepti got me completely captivated by her characters.

Genre: Action/Crime Thriller

Author: Deepti Menon

Publisher: Readomania

Available at: Amazon, GoodReads, Readomania

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Source: Readomania

The Plot:

The entire story begins with the death of Nita. Nita was a happy girl, and also she was pregnant. So her jumping from the balcony arouses suspicions all around. So her death casts a shadow over many lives; her heartbroken father, her husband, and Vinny, a young journalist, drawn in by the whiff of foul play and murder.

What follows are stories within stories, eras, and worlds colliding with each other, leaving behind splintered relationships and mesmerizing slices of lives that appear to be drawn together and driven apart by the whimsical threads of destiny.

Whether the dark shadow that has been cast over so many people due to the death of Nita could be removed or this dark shadow would suffocate them also along with Nita is what needs to be understood only by reading this book.

My thoughts:


Honestly, there are so many elements in this book, “Shadow in the Mirror,” that will take the reader by surprise. Deepti has used the layered narrative technique in the best possible way. The way she started each story, which has become another branch of the big tree, is mesmerizing. This way, Deepti has left the reader to tie the loose ends and connections so that we can understand the story completely. This book is not an easy read, which can be put down after the reader completes the book. Those haunting eyes on the book cover are not going to leave you soon.

Like in any other mystery thrillers, all these subplots will make the reader tie the connections properly. Initially, I was surprised by the number of subplots this book was getting into. But everything just falls into its own space like a jigsaw puzzle. Deepti has done a really wonderful job on that part. The ending really gave me goosebumps, and I started hating the murder all the more after reading those last lines. Though I was suspecting that this one character might be the murderer, reading the last lines made me wish that that character should have been dead by that time.

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My recommendations:

One thing that stands out very clearly in this book is the number of strong female characters portrayed in this book. Every character in this book has a parallel life to them, and this story intervenes in their life at some point or the other. But these characters are not too consumed by the story alone. Which adds a realistic touch to the story. Deepti delves into women’s psychology at a deeper level. One can find an ambitious career woman along with another who has lost everything in life because of her decisions. But whatever may be the case, all of them have exhibited their true inner strength. No matter with whom the reader identifies in the story, each character has their own flaws and positives. That’s what I feel made this book more interesting.

So, whether I am going to recommend this book, “Shadow in the Mirror,” further or not? Yes, I would definitely for the author’s strong characters and good narrative style. Of course, I would also have to credit the wonderful cover page, which will captivate you to pick up the book.

About the Author:

Deepti Menon is the author of two books, Arms and the Woman and Deeparadhana. She has worked as a journalist with several publications and is now a freelance editor. Her forte is short stories with deft twists and tongue-in-cheek articles that tickle the funny bone. Deepti lives with her family in Chennai.

One can reach her on Social Media at:

Blog: Deep Ties

Instagram: DeepsMenon

Facebook: Deepti Menon


  1. This book seems quite interesting. The book cover is very intriguing. It is not easy to forget about those eyes and the big red Bindi. I like any story which has shown woman in a strong role. I think I am going to like this book.

    1. Yeah Alpana, you would definitely like this book.

    2. After reading your review I really want to read this book. Book cover is very interesting itself to convince me. Definitely going to add this book in my reading list. Wonderful review.

  2. Looks quite intriguing.. You said there are a lot of parallel stories of strong women that are interconnected.. doing justice to all the stories in a book is a tough task n your review makes me believe that the author has done a good job.

    1. Thank you Supriti. Yes, the author has done good justice to the book

  3. You know Suhasini I was thinking of picking this book for reviewing as well…after reading your review I think I should..let me check the availability. This book looks quite intriguing.

    1. Yes, I think they are still available. I checked it yesterday only. Thank you Swati for dropping by

  4. The book sounds really interesting…. Not much of a reader but if I ever do, I just want to finish the book else it will go on playing in the back of my mind trying to fill in the puzzle…

    1. Thank you for dropping by. Yes, I can understand your situation as mostly thrillers do that to us.

  5. A detailed review. Crime & thrillers novels are something that i love. Though i haven’t read any of Deepa Menon’s books, your review makes me want ro read it. Will visit Amazon soon to buy a Kindle version.

    1. I picked this book up from BC book review program Vasumathi. May be you can try it there itself.

      1. Love your honest review. I never tried a thriller. Your review made me more enthusiastic to read this book..

      2. Thank you Sadvika. Do read the book and let me know your views

  6. I havent read a mystery thriller since long. Thanks for the recommendation. I will look into the book soonish. my TBR pile is ever growing!

  7. I read it. I was really intrigued by this book. I felt Vinny’s helplessness as she tries to uncover the mystery surrounding Nita’s death. I wept for Nita a beautiful & loving girl, a daughter, a wife and a to be mother, a life full of promises cut too short. The story travels through different times and lives of all the characters and tackles a wide variety of relationships and human psychology – their past and present and what made them the way they are!

    1. Very true Monidipa. I was feeling similar to you. The beauty of this story is that it projects people as what they are. So we kind of start respecting every character in the story.

    2. Monideepa, thank you so much for your heartwarming comments. I am really happy that my book touched you. Thank you.

  8. This looks quite interesting. I enjoyed reading your review. Mysteries and thrillers are my guilty pleasures. I did see the book at the Blogchatter library but am taking a break from reviewing due to increased workload. Adding it my TBR to get back to it later.

    1. Thank you Ritu. Yes, we have to take a break once in a while. Do read it when you get some time

  9. I am connected with Deepti through her blog and I remember reading about it when “Shadow in the Mirror” was released, thanks for sharing your honest review.

  10. Looks like an interesting book. The cover of the book is very catchy. Review is crisp.

  11. Very interesting review. I like women authors and women oriented books but I am not into crime thrillers at all. My life itself is a serious thriller. I liked the cover and the title though

    1. Thank you Harjeet. Yes people will have a different set of preferences over reading.

  12. I am so curious about Deepti and wish to pick up this book

    1. Its available on BC book review program or else you can pick it up from Amazon Arti. Thanks for dropping by

    2. Arti, I would love to know what you think about my book! Thank you!

  13. I love such gripping stories. Your review makes me want to read it now. Will get this thriller read for me, I am sure my husband will also like it.

  14. I love reading thrillers and this books looks interesting. I enjoyed reading your review. I liked the cover of the book, grabs your attention.

  15. After reading your review I really want to read this book. Book cover is very interesting itself to convince me. Definitely going to add this book in my reading list. Wonderful review.

  16. Thrillers is a genre which I totally enjoy. The name of the book is very catchy and keeps you thinking about what is the boom about. The plot you shared also seems interesting. Will surely check it.

  17. Wow what an intriguing storyline, definitely win the place to my TBR. Also as it been so long I have read any mystery thriller genre book. Your detailed review and an appealing cover page saying it all.

    1. Wow!! Quite intrigued by the cover picture 🙂 shall grab my hands on the book for sure !!

      1. Thats so wonderful to hear it

    2. Well said Archana. Thank you

  18. Looks like something that I would like to pick up and read on a weekend. Will definately try and lay my hands on a copy of this book.

    1. Thank you Aishwarya, do let me know your thoughts after reading it

  19. The book sounds really interesting…. Not much of a reader but after your review i would like to read this

  20. After reading your review I really want to read this book. Book cover is very interesting itself to convince me.

  21. Your review is intriguing and I’m definitely adding this to my TBR sooner

  22. I have read this book Shadow in the Mirror and yet to review them. But I found this book absolutely mind-blowing, the layer-narrative technique is so apt to uncover the murderer’s motives. Those haunting eyes on the cover and the last lines, I have got to give it to the author who has just left the readers linger on to the book for a long time after the read.

    1. Yes very true Amritha. I just couldn’t pick up any other book for a day after finishing this book, as it got that effect one me.

    2. Thank you so much, Amritha Srinath. You made my day! 🙂

  23. Suhasini, I am thrilled about your wonderful words about my book and also about the numerous responses to your heartwarming review. What can be better for an author than an honest appraisal of her book? Thank you ever so much for making my day. God bless!

    1. Thank you Deepti. I honestly, liked the book and also the cover page, so my heart just poured out in the blog. Thank you dear

      1. Thank you ever so much! <3 <3

      2. It was really an interesting book Deepti. Thank you for offering it for my review

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