Title: Mirror Images
Author: Laurel Norlander
Published by: WestBow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson, 2013
Madison got dumped. Not only that, but her ex-boyfriend stole $51,000 from her, and now he's dead. True, the obituary in the paper attached his twin's name to the item, but she's sure the dead man is Ross Bauer, the one who dumped her four years earlier. She knows his family is stinkin' rich, and she's determined to go to the funeral and not to return, until she has her money.
She needs that money immediately, as she has committed to adopting a baby, whom she dearly wants. But attending the funeral means leaving the job she loves, when her employer won't agree to the time off; so now, she has no income.
When Madison arrives in Churchill, Wisconsin, she finds herself identifying herself to one person as Madison James, and to another as Madison Kowalski; she shares with no one that she is, in fact, a CPA, recently employed by a large firm. Yet, she finds that everyone she meets seems to know who she is; some even call her "Maddy," a name which no one but Ross has ever used for her. She promptly gets the attention of Ben Wilson, the sheriff. As is true of most of the people she will encounter, he is kind, but he wants her to leave town.
At the funeral, she watches the man identified as Chris Rausbauer as his casket is lowered into the ground. But she is horrified when she looks across the grave to see Ross Bauer. Why does everyone, including a woman standing near her who keeps talking to her, refer to the man standing next to Chris's widow as "Nic"? Which one of the men is the one she knew and loved as "Ross Bauer"? Which one stole not only her heart, but her money?
She is determined to find answers, but in the meantime, her car is stolen, along with her purse, her cell phone, her laptop, and her clothes. Answers only breed more questions, more confusion, and greater determination to find out who is lying and who is trustworthy. She has reason to suspect even those who are kindest to her and seem otherwise consistent in living the faith they claim. It seems that nothing is as it appears, but getting to the bottom of it all places her, and some of those around her, in great danger. If "seeing is believing," sometimes believing is seeing, and Maddy doesn't know what--or whom--to believe.
All of the mystery and suspense come together well, by the end. I enjoyed the book so much that I read it twice, and will no doubt read it, again, in the future. Keeping names and nicknames straight was a challenge, for me, the first time through, but the book is definitely worth the time to read, for anyone who likes plots that twist, spin, and somersault. Five stars from me.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.