Review: The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Book Details

Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publication: October 15, 2020 by William Morrow
Synopsis: Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune.
When Summer calls Iris to Thailand to help her sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris has secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But after a disturbing incident in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes.
Now Iris has the chance to step into the golden life she’s always envied–and get one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris would need to do is ensure she’s the first of his seven children to fulfill the strange conditions of his will.
But Iris soon discovers that her twin was keeping more than one secret, and Iris’s life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. In a family in which the winner takes all, whom can she trust? And how far will she go to get the life she’s always dreamed about?

My Thoughts

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5)
I know buying books based on the cover isn’t very productive, but that’s a topic for another discussion. I actually did read the back of this book before I bought it (yes, I still only picked it up in the first place because of the cover), but it was nothing like what I was expecting. Honestly, I don’t even think I know what I was expecting, but I do know that this wasn’t it. But that’s a good thing! It’s one of the few thrillers I’ve read that left me guessing after every chapter. I did catch on eventually, but I questioned myself several times still.
There’s not much I can say about this one without spoiling major plot points, so I’m not really sure where to even start. Carlyle managed to make me question why I ever wanted to have a twin; all I could think after finishing the book was “Why did I ever want to be a twin? Was I crazy?” In all seriousness, I loved her writing style and need to read more of her books immediately. I can’t believe I put this one off for so long after buying it!
The characters were extremely off-putting, but for this particular book, it was perfect that way. Almost every single character made me uncomfortable at some point, and I think I cringed more reading this book that I have reading any other book. I couldn’t connect with them or even stand them, but I still couldn’t get enough of them at the same time.
As I mentioned, I did sort of guess the ending, but not everything that happened. There were still several details I never imagined would happen. If you’re looking for an unputdownable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you need to read this!

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Meet the Author

Rose Carlyle is a law professor who has written intermittently throughout her life and who began writing fiction in 2016. She was awarded first class honours in her creative writing Masters at the University of Auckland and was granted a prestigious mentorship under which she developed and completed this manuscript. She spends her spare time in far-flung places and currently lives in New Zealand. The Girl in the Mirror is her debut novel.
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