London based architect Johnny Carter is given a new project to work on; the restoration of an old Victorian factory into a home. Johnny is immediately taken by the building, but it is not until he finds a hidden underground room with a strange mirror in the corner that he starts to become obsessed with the property. Johnny meets Ophelia and the two quickly start up a relationship and both seem fascinated by mirror, wanting to know what secrets it could hold.
After finding the mirror and a strange note, Johnny starts investigating the background of the mirror and finds that it belonged to Catherine de Medici, a Queen known for her use of black magic. Could this be connected in any way to why the mirror is locked up and hidden away and what connection does the mirror itself have to the old factory?
The Medici Mirror is a dark, gripping and chilling story set between present day, the late nineteenth century and sixteenth century. Bailey has created a storyline that I found impossible to put down, by the end of the novel I felt like I knew Johnny and desperately wanted a good outcome for him.
This is a brilliant novel and an impressive debut. I really look forward to reading Melissa Baileys next book and would rate this as a five star read.