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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone – Review

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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

No. 36 Westeryk Road, an imposing flat-stone house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A house of curving shadows and crumbling grandeur. But it’s what lies under the house that is extraordinary – Mirrorland. A vivid make-believe world that twin sisters Cat and El created as children. A place of escape, but from what?
Now in her thirties, Cat receives the shocking news that her sister has disappeared. Forced to return to Edinburgh, Cat finds herself irresistibly drawn back into Mirrorland. Because El has a plan. She’s left behind a treasure hunt that will unearth long-buried secrets…

My Thoughts

I’ll start saying that this book is not easy to review, there are so many twists and different layers to the story that is quite difficult not to make any spoiler, but I’ll try.
The story is told in different parts, the first one is quite slow and full of memories and characters, which causes that the reader doesn’t know which part is real and which part is imagination. The second one is more fast-paced, twisted and dark; but is the one that kept me more intrigued and turning pages to know everything. The ending? Maybe not surprising, but I really liked it, with a couple of twists that leaves the reader with a good sensation.
I’ll say from the beginning that is not an easy read; there’s child abuse, rape and mental health issues. I don’t say this to keep anyone away from the book, it’s not told in detail but it’s there and I think it’s really important to the story, so I prefer to warm before.
This is the story of two twin sisters, almost perfect twin sisters, how they were inseparable when they were young but now they haven’t talked for years and it’s too late to make amends, El has passed away. Cat decides to return home and discover what has really happened to El, she had the perfect marriage and husband, why she decided to kill herself?
This is a trip to the past of El and Cat, a dark and dangerous journey that will make El rethink all her memories and discover that Mirrorland was not a game but her scary reality.
This is a book that will keep you awake all night fearing the shadows of your room, and making you wonder what part of your childhood memories were real or fiction.
Ready to enter to “Mirrorland”?

About The Author

Scottish writer Carole Johnstone’s debut novel, Mirrorland, will be published in spring 2021 by Borough Press/HarperCollins in the UK and Commonwealth and by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in North America.
Her award-winning short fiction has been reprinted in many annual ‘Best Of’ anthologies in the UK and the US. She has been published by Titan Books, Tor Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and PS Publishing, and has written Sherlock Holmes stories for Constable & Robinson and Running Press.
Carole is represented by Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit UK and Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit (US).

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