Author: Cecelia Ahern
This short novel of less than 100 pages comprises two short stories with bizarre concept perfected by perfect human emotions.
The title of the novel is the title of the first story i.e. Girl in the Mirror, narrated with smidgen of fairy tale charm mixed with fair amount of quirkiness.
Lila’s grandmother – Ellie, whom Lila fondly calls as Grellie, happens to drape all the mirrors in her spacious, hoary house completely in black sheeting. This little girl has no anxiety of her grandmother’s odd behaviour — however, twenty-eight years old Lila disobeys her grandmother’s rule to unwrap a free-standing, full-length mirror, located in a spare room which she is strictly warned not to enter; on her wedding day to see herself in her wedding dress—and a peculiar incident happens ….
The second story, The Memory Maker, is a highly intellectual piece which takes about 2 to 3 times of reading to appreciate the inimitable concept of the story.
Tucked away in the basement of a Georgian house is a futuristic devise, the memory-maker, a machine which helps people in creating new memories, the creator of the machine is neither a doctor nor a scientist; and a great sadness is the reality behind the invention of this machine …
It takes a maximum of 2 days to finish reading this novel, more so because of the thrilling story telling ability of the writer which keeps you hooked on till you finish reading the entire story. This novel is a suitable read for teenagers as well as adults.
Amazon link: The Girl in the Mirror