Title: Opaque Mirrors
Author: Courtney Lane
Genre: thriller, mystery, dark
When the line between fiction and reality bleeds, there is no end to the lies or a truth to be found.
It was never supposed to happen. He was supposed to remain a porn star—the source of my fantasies—in my expansive collection of torture porn. But he found me, and he only wants one thing from me. He calls it the ultimate orgasm; death.
He gives me the illusion of choice—my life or his.
I thought my choice would be the end of my troubles, but it followed me to a town known for its close-minded, small population and hypocritical way of thinking.
My madness lurks in the shadows. It watches me and seduces me with pretty smiles and dirty degradation. It assures me that my fantasies aren't wrong. It tells me that they will star in all of my nightmares…and I want nothing more.
Content contains strong violence, coarse language, graphic sex, scenes of horror, and situations that most readers would find objectionable. Reader discretion is highly advised.
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Opaque Mirrors by Courtney Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 **red dreams** STARS
“You will end and begin with me, and you will love every fucking thing I make you feel.”
I find myself at a complete loss for words. With ever new book Courtney Lane manages to make it harder and harder to review her work. Her books are to be experienced and not really to talked about. I can tell you Opaque Mirrors is twisted, edgy and raw, just like its predecessors, but that doesn’t really capture how truly brilliant and somewhat depraved the author's mind must be. I mean that in the most positive way imaginable, but I am yet again astonished by the sheer brilliance with which she weaves a net of deception and pushes way past my boundaries and I don't mind one bit.
I had a few issues really connecting with the characters - hence the somewhat lower rating compared to her other books, but I can tell you one thing this is a page turner. It is nearly impossible to put this book down once you start. You just have to figure out what is going on and try to keep your sanity while you fight through.
“You’re inviting the monster who wants to defile you. Don’t wake him. Make the right choice. Whether or not you decide if you can do this, I won’t allow you to leave this room if there’s still life in my body. It’s either your life or my death.”
In an effort to escape her past and mostly herself, Whitney hides in a bible loving small town only to run into more strange and dangerous situations that make her previous life working for her mother, a retired porn star and madame seem like a walk in the park.
A weirdly possessive, slightly stalkerish and definitely weird cop, people being killed, depraved sex tapes, sinners as far as the eye can see and so many mysteries my head was spinning.
And yes, that is all you are going to get regarding the plot and characters. Even if I wanted to I wouldn’t even know where to start describing all that went down in this town. And why on earth is Whitney in the middle of this nightmare? Who knows what is real and what is not? Who can you trust? Is she losing her mind?
Read and find out. ;P
“He’s my fucked up dreams made reality.”
Opaque Mirrors was probably the most difficult Courtney Lane book I have read so far. It is highly convoluted and layered - which in this case is both a good and a bad thing. As a result I never really felt a connection to the characters, but on the other hand once Courtney pulled the story and all the plot lines together it all just works. That ‘aha’ feeling you get when the puzzle pieces come together can’t be matched by anything else. She truly is gifted in constructing a deceiving and highly complicated story. That alone makes it a win in the end. Just the journey had me at a loss sometimes.
As always the writing is excellent, gripping and on point. I believe Courtney Lane fans will enjoy this standalone read and for fans of mysterious, boundary pushing reads, that can dive into the sexually depraved, Courtney is your author and Opaque Mirrors might be a big win for you. I sure enjoyed having a twisted Saturday reading this gem.
death, snuff films, asphyxiation play and beyond, dub-con, graphic sexual violence
**ARC very kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Books by Courtney Lane I have read before:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren't necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you'd encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren't easy to fall in love with.
Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by BioWare), or spending time with her family.