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Samantha and Julie are twins that couldn't be further apart. Samantha is an artist who lives a hedonistic lifestyle and is something of the wild child of the family. Julie is strait-laced and the scientist of the family working on ground-breaking neurochemistry. Both twins lost their parents in a house fire at an early age and were brought up by their Uncle Eathan. Scince adulthood, they have barely spoken....
Then Julie gets a phone call; her sister has fallen into a mysterious coma-like state and cannot be awoken. Julie thinks her latest technological break-through, a machine that allows you to virtually enter another persons mind, could help discover the cause of her siblings condition and prove its usefulness to potential future investors. But what she discovers when she ventures inside is a devastated mess of broken neural pathways and in trying to repair them, Julie finds herself revisiting long-forgotten personal experiences and discovering the answers to family secrets that long remained buried!
This is a bit of a depature from F.Paul Wilsons normal work and a rare collaboration with another author. I am not always that confident about collaborations between authors (it always makes me think of those mundane thrilers that James Patterson always churns out with the help of some name unknown and in fact the only collaboration I ever really remember working really well are those between Stephen King and Peter Straub) and yet Mirage actually ends up being highly enjoyable. It is not brilliant but certainly an above average read even if some of the concepts and twists used here are far from original. Certainly many readers will guess the big reveal several chapters before the main protagonist and the ending does feel a bit obvious!
This is just a small flaw though in what still manages to be a highly engrossing read. Parts of it remind me of Graham Mastertons original Night Warriors novel and the style reads fairly similar as well. It is not Wilsons best work by any means and not a patch on his other novels but as a slight depature from his usual style is certainly worth picking up from the library or as a cheap read from a charity shop.