Author: Carole Johnstone

Narrator: Katie Leung

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

“Dark and devious… Beautifully written and plotted with a watchmaker’s precision. — Stephen King

“A dark, twisty, and richly atmospheric exploration of the power of imagination” —Ruth Ware, author of One by One and The Woman in Cabin 10

With the startling twists ofGone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, 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 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy 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 in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom. 

Book Review

Mirrorland is a dark and twisted thriller about estranged twins. After El mysteriously disappears, Cat returns to their childhood home where El now lives with her husband. Cat is trying to figure out what happened to El. Her sister left clues throughout the house that only she will understand. El’s clues remind Cat about the past. Cat is forced to question everything and everyone. She can’t even trust her own memories. I enjoyed Mirrorland and was invested throughout the book. Cat will do anything to figure out what happened to her twin even though they haven’t talked in years. I didn’t always agree with Cat’s actions but found her a fascinating character. Cat is determined and won’t give up. I always enjoy books with twins because I have a twin sister. I recommend Mirrorland to thriller fans.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Katie Leung and she did a great job. I loved her accent and she was a great voice for Cat.

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio, and Edelweiss for Mirrorland.

About the Author

Carole Johnstone is an award-winning writer from Scotland, whose short stories have been published all over the world. Mirrorland, a 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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