Austin, Texas, USA - November 22, 2022 - As incidents of family and community dysfunction rise in Western society today, the gripping drama of 'Secrets In the Mirror' explores the effects of domestic abuse, narcissism, mental illness and substance use on family members. The tension in this novel centers on the risk to the character's sense of self: his identity and agency.
Gavin struggles to salvage his self-esteem from Dad's bullying and from narcissistic abuse by his twin, while Mom tries to assert sanity into the mix. But when Devon gets into drugs and trouble with the Mob, more people die. Gavin flees far away to protect himself and his new family, but he can't escape his sociopathic brother, or the Mob. Yet inextricable bonds tie him to Devon, and Gavin vows to rescue his twin from his self-destructive path. But he is warned: You can't save anyone until you save yourself.
"A psychological thriller perfect for our time." (1)
"...toes the fine line between sympathetic and terrifying." (2)
"A thoughtful consideration of a disorder that has the capacity to devastate relationships. A somber, absorbing coming-of-age tale." - Kirkus Reviews
"Audiences will relish the tension in this psychological twister. Great for fans of: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn." - BookLife
"Tension begins cascading through the DiMasi home from their first harsh interactions and doesn't relent until the final electrifying moments." - Indies Today
"The characters are complex and layered, for a compelling dynamic. Highly recommended." - Readers Favorite
About the Author
Leslie Kain was always writing something as a kid. But in her varied careers (psychology, Government Intelligence, nonprofits) it was mostly nonfiction, and she only recently began writing fiction at the urging of her characters. She leverages her background in psychology (Wellesley College) to write stories of inner conflict and emotional transformation. Originally from "all over" the U.S. (although a piece of her heart remains in Boston), she now resides in Mexico with her husband and cat Sheba.
Learn more at https://lesliekain-psychfiction.com.
Cameron Finch, Atmosphere Press
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(2) Indies Today https://indiestoday.com/secrets-in-the-mirror-by-leslie-kain