The Stranger in the Mirror

Harper. Jul. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780062967329. $26.99. SUSPENSE
A woman is found hitchhiking in New Jersey in ripped clothing, with bloodstained hands. Diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, she adopts the name Addison Hope and begins a new life in Pennsylvania with a kind couple who become her surrogate parents. Over the next two years, she falls in love and becomes engaged to gallery owner Gabriel Oliver. Despite a happy life, Addy is plagued by recurring violent flashbacks that frighten her and might hint at her past. Suddenly, Addy’s promising new life tilts off-kilter when a man named Julian Hunter claims she is Cassandra, his missing wife and the mother to his young daughter Valentina. As Addy attempts to piece together her past, she is pulled in two directions. Does she belong with Gabriel, or is she obligated to rejoin a life she doesn’t remember?
VERDICT This latest novel (after The Wife Stalker) from sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine (writing as “Liv”) is a deliciously disorienting psychological thriller that will keep mystery lovers second-guessing everything they read as they struggle to unravel the complex tapestry of Addy’s life.
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