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The blind mirror
Christopher Pike
Adult Fiction PIKE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this workmanlike foray into horror from bestseller Pike (The Season of Passage), commercial artist David Lennon returns home from two months in New York after breaking up with his girlfriend, Sienna Madden, to Lompoc, Calif., where he promptly discovers the decomposed body of a woman, later identified as Sienna, in their old trysting place on the beach. He insists Sienna's not dead because she's still phoning him. The police say otherwise. In the course of trying to defend himself from a murder charge, David delves deep into his past and that of his friends, as well as into the kinky vampire novel whose cover he's supposed to paint. His release for insufficient evidence sets off a second, more gruesome, and even more sex-laden journey, which involves cultists, bootlegged organ transplants and pseudo-immortality through drug-induced personality transference. Tight, clean writing and engaging secondary characters, like the doomed FBI agent Krane, somewhat make up for a plot built on the tired theme of the corrupt underside of small-town America. Best known for his YA fiction, Pike has produced an entertaining, if instantly forgettable, dark fantasy. (May 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Cover artist David Lennon returns from a trip to New York to his hometown to revisit his past and confront the issues surrounding his breakup with his lover, Sienna. When he discovers on the beach the decomposing body of a woman, later identified as Sienna, he becomes a murder suspect. As he attempts to prove his innocence, David uncovers a dark secret festering in his hometown, one that threatens to change all he knows about his past. Known for his successful YA and adult horror novels, Pike delivers a moody, grim horror mystery for adults that relies more on atmosphere than gore for its emotional impact. A good choice for large horror collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters David Lennon
Age: 28
Recovering from a bad breakup; hired to design the cover of a vampire/horror novel.

Julie Stevens
Age: 28
David's high school crush.

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