Black Mirror

Black Mirror

by Nancy Werlin

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A compelling thriller from a National Book Award Finalist author

Frances Leventhal refuses to look in the mirror; she can't bear to face her reflection. She has hidden from herself and everyone around her for such a long time, and now that her brother Daniel has committed suicide, she can't help thinking that it's somehow her fault. If she hadn't been so caught up in her own pain, maybe she would have noticed her brother's. It's time to stop hiding—to reach out to Daniel's friends at their private school. Daniel had been deeply involved in Unity Service, the charitable group on campus, and Frances is determined to join the group and to make amends.

But something's not quite right about Unity, and soon Frances finds herself in the middle of a puzzle too ominous to ignore. Exactly what are the Unity members trying so hard to hide? And why does no one else on campus, adult or teen, seem suspicious of them? This time Frances won't scurry away to hide. The memory of her brother is at stake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142500286
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/24/2003
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 790,294
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.20(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick.
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). 
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. 
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. 
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. 
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.

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Black Mirror 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! i really looooved The Killers Cousin so i was looking forward to another book by Nancy WErlin. This book did not disappoint. Just when you thought you had the mystery figured out, a bunch of other stuff came into play. i read it in one day and ended up walking around holding the book while I did other stuff just so I could find out what happened!
kewpie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frances and her brother attended an exclusive prep school on scholarship. While she didn¿t fit in or feel comfortable, her brother had a large friendly group of friends connected to a charity organization. When he suddenly dies of a heroin overdose, Frances joins his organization to get to know his friends better. Instead of befriending them, she becomes suspicious that her brother might have been murdered ¿ and the club was involved somehow in his the crime.
kissmeimgone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mesmerizing book that took my breath away. I just couldn't seem to set it down! I'd recommend this book to anyone. A murder mystery that keeps you guessing til the very end. =]
bluemopitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love mystery novels, and this is a pretty good one. Parts of it were a bit too easy to figure out, but then the author threw in some great curve balls that kept me from figuring out who-done-it until the end. This book might be used in curriculum about finding yourself and feeling like an outcast.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book was very boring and slow. I didn't feel that Werlin put as much into this one as she had to her other novels. This book was said to be a page turner and a thriller. I really gave this book a try, but didn't find it that way. The real mystery didnt come in until at least half way through. I really couldn't finish it. I will probably pick this book back up and try it again some day, but I really didn't find it thrilling or mysterious. I just found it boring and long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words for how good this book is. Starts a little slow, but gets better. You become attached to the main character and feel a little sorry for her.
GinaAtThomas More than 1 year ago
A great mystery that I would recommend to anyone that can hang on and read a book that starts out slightly slow, but really picks up pace. You feel bad for the main character because she is in a dark place in her life. Her brother committed suicide but she really can't believe that's true. She tries to figure out what really happened to her brother. She goes to the Pettengill School and lots of weird things go on and the book gets better and better. If you keep reading to the end there are surprises for you and it is worth the read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life and anyone who dislikes it, though they are intitled to their own opinion, should really try to understand it more. Both the author's poetic and sybolic writing style and the original and surprising plotline made the novel excepion. Definitely recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. It was not happy at all and all the characters where not good people. I cannot say exactly why because that would ruin the ending for people who actually read this book. I would suggest you DO NOT read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would without a doubt give this book fives stars. It was a great storyline, captivating characters, and chilling twist of an end that is toally unexpected. A great mystery that I would recommend to anyone that can hang on and read a book that starts out slightly slow, but really picks up pace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was good. Not the best of your work but better than others. I like the end and the sort of twist to it. I think it says alot more than you wrote and I feel that i would recommend it to a friend.OH yeah and my novels are definatly better. :) just kiddin.