Author: Carole Johnstone
Genre: Thriller | Mystery
Release Date: 20th April 2021
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Thank you The Write Reads and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a stop on the blog tour.
Twelve years ago my life began again.
But it was a lie.
With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is the story of twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.
Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No. 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.
But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to the grand old house, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. No. 36 Westeryk Road is still full of shadowy, hidden corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues all over the house: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…
A sharply crafted mystery about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, and Daphne du Maurier.
It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a mystery or thriller but after reading this, I am instantly hooked back on the genre. What started off a bit slow and confusing for me, quickly turned into a book that kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and not being able to put it down until I found out the truth.
Mirrorland is a fantasy world created by twin girls, El and Cat during their dark and troublesome childhood. After 12 years of not speaking to one another after a big falling out, Cat returns to Edinburgh after her sister is reported missing. Is this actually the case or another one of El’s attention-seeking ideas? This is one of the many other questions you will constantly ask yourself through the book. The surprising twists will constantly keep you on your toes and force you to read on so you get every bit of information possible out of this book.
The suspense-filled story is written exceptionally well to the point where I couldn’t place what was real and what was a fantasy sometimes. With the vivid descriptions of Mirrorland and the grand house, it felt like I could be there, which was definitely frightening at times.
Overall, there are so many thoughts and feelings you will experience throughout reading this book, I was even holding my breath in parts. It’s an extremely gripping dark and suspenseful thriller that is sure to pull you into the world and make it very hard to get out.
About the Author
Carole Johnstone is an award-winning writer from Scotland, whose short stories have been published all over the world. Mirrorland, psychological suspense with a gothic twist, is her debut novel.
Having grown up in Lanarkshire, she now lives in the beautiful Argyll & Bute and is currently working on her second novel: a very unusual murder mystery, set in the equally beautiful Outer Hebrides.
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