The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

Abby finds her neighbour, Simon, dead in his flat. She seems a little detached from the whole thing and the reader soon learns she regularly sees a therapist called Dr Barbara. Life seems to be going ok for Abby until one unfortunate day where it all falls apart. She’s soon being treated for her disorder and dealing with the consequences of her actions.

Abby is the main character throughout, but the other characters make a lasting impression in different ways. Abby’s voice is honest and witty, giving a clear insight to her thought processes. Her family and boyfriend show what it’s like to try to live with and support someone with mental health issues. Melody (another patient), the therapists and a poet called Miranda help keep things down to earth and remove the stigma of depression. At the end of the book you’re reminded that these thoughts and feelings are there for everyone, it’s just a matter of how you respond to them.

A well thought through book about bipolar depression that helps the reader see how normal mental health issues are. The notes from the author afterwards further put the story in context. Gavin has taken a very personal issue and exposed it in order to help others to understand.

I would recommend this to fans of The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.


Get the book here (UK) The Mirror World of Melody Black

Get the book here (US) The Mirror World of Melody Black

I received this book as a member of the reader review panel on

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