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"I loved Mirrorland. It’s dark and devious, a neo-gothic featuring twin sisters and a deeply frightening old dark house. Beautifully written and plotted with a watchmaker’s precision." —Stephen King
"In this unsettling, labyrinthine tale, it is hard at first to tell who the villain is—or even how many villains there are in a family with a great deal to hide. The book unlocks its mysteries slowly, twisting the knife a little deeper with each revelation." —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review
“An unnerving thriller. . . . Fantasy and reality intermingle when a twin returns to her childhood home to search for her estranged sister. As Cat roams the creepy house, memories of an imaginary world the twins created spring to life.” —People Magazine
"Fans of twist-filled thrillers, look no further than Johnstone's tale of estranged twins who invented their own dark and imaginary world." —E! News
“It’s hard to believe that this is Johnstone’s first novel. It’s slick and accomplished and drips with Gothic suspense, but never swings into melodrama. This is a writer to watch.” —Globe and Mail
"Johnstone has plenty of tricks up her sleeve in this suspenseful tale of betrayal and revenge, memory and imagination, and the thin line between love and hate." —Business Insider
"Enthralling . . . a dark, twisting thriller that explores the pitch-black corners of people’s minds; how good and bad, love and hate, terror and joy can co-exist; and how childhood memories can be rewritten with time as the lines between imagination and reality are blurred. Fans of Gillian Flynn's creeping dread and Liane Moriarty's nuanced morality and complex relationships should love this book." —Kirkus Reviews
“Johnstone’s debut had me flying through the pages while also wanting to sink into her gorgeous writing. Paired with twists and turns I didn’t see coming, readers will certainly be in for tons of surprises.” —Buzzfeed
"This ambitious blend of psychological suspense and horror casts a powerful light on the liberating power of imagination." —Publishers Weekly
“Melds intricate family dynamics into a gripping mystery with the undercurrent of a gothic novel.” —Oline Gogdill, Shelf Awareness
"Johnstone pulls out all the stops in creating an atmospheric mystery.” —The Big Thrill
“An inherently riveting and compulsive page-turning suspense thriller about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.” —Midwest Book Review
“Carole Johnstone’s debut feels like the love child of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King. In Mirrorland, nothing is as it appears and the kaleidoscope twists and turns will have you frantically turning the pages until you reach the gasp-out-loud ending.” —Greer Hendricks, #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of The Wife Between Us
"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
“A dark and twisty thriller told with thumping heart and extraordinary tenderness—Mirrorland is as much a celebration of imagination and its escapism as an examination of trauma and its echoes.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
"A sinister study in estranged sisterhood and the shapeshifting powers of repression and denial. Thick with propulsive twists and immensely readable." —Sue Rainsford, author of Follow Me to Ground
"Thrilling, dark, and propulsive, Mirrorland is an unsettling shape-shifter of a novel. This is a story about a mysterious death and a long-buried secret, but it's also a fascinating, terrifying portrait of how we seek refuge in our imaginations—and how easily imagination can be confused with reality." —Anna Pitoniak, author of Necessary People
"An intricate, brilliant puzzle of a novel where past and present, fantasy and reality, are all clues that one twin must decipher to uncover the fate of her missing sister and the secrets of their shared past. It's Gone Girl meets Rebecca . . . atmospheric, tightly plotted and utterly gripping, a must read for fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn." —Sarah Pinborough, author of Dead to Her and Behind Her Eyes
- ASIN : B08BZXHFR2
- Publisher : Scribner (April 20, 2021)
- Publication date : April 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2601 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1982136359
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,969 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is set in Scotland, where estranged sister, Cat, had returned from Los Angeles amid her sisters tragic disappearance from a day of sailing and join the search for her missing sister. Identical siblings often have mythical relationships with closeness, conflicts, and competition, and this novel takes readers on a compelling journey filled with angst, stark revelations, and the jumbled mix of images, words, and memories from the past haunting Cat, while she struggles for answers to her sister's mysterious disappearance.
Told as Cat's first-person account of suddenly reentering her estranged sister's life after years of absence is both traumatic and convoluted at best. Who can Cat believe among all who try to help, console, and even warn her? Can she even believe herself?
Adding to Cat's challenges is Ross, husband of missing sister, El, who was both sisters' childhood friend, confidant, and romantic rival. The author's chilling storytelling creates a neverending series of psychological events filled with truths, half-truths, and too many uncertainties.
This densely written suspense takes longer to read that you might think because it takes time to process and untangle the web of conflicting facts and surprising revelations. This book took me at least twice as long to read as similar length novels, but I kept pressing forward wanting to know more.
I found the book intriguing and engaging, although the author did not always delineate Cat's present from her past, forcing readers to experience all events, past and present, in a single real-time flow. This was the book's unique strength and weakness, warping time into a twisted storyline.
Everything stays mixed up, until the unexpected end, where truths emerge slowly, finally making sense. As such, this is a one-time read, where the reading experience is motivated primarily by the unknown and living through the novel's engrossing tale.
The Audible narration was both a blessing and a curse, as the Scottish narrator's often thick brogue added local charm and personality but was at times challenging to understand, especially at the beginning.
Coarse and salty language colors dialogue and internal thoughts, potentially distracting and perhaps offensive to some readers because of its frequency.
Overall, this imaginative plotline and story came together well. Certainly a suprising debut novel many will enjoy.
First impression: This is another anticipated read of mine and I’m nervous because I’ve seen mixed reviews. I almost gave up 50 pages in because there’s so much imagery and I don’t have a strong suit for that sort of thing. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t read fantasy books.
Halfway point: Things are getting more interesting for sure. I’m curious to where this will go and I’m glad I didn’t give up as planned. I have a couple different theories forming and I’m curious if any of them are right! I don’t try to be a sleuth, but I cannot help myself 🧐🔎🕵️♀️! 😂
Final impression: My theories can be thrown right out the window 😂 it picks up after the second half and I could stop turning the pages! Towards the end, I did find myself rolling my eyes a few times, but I think overall it did play out very well! I think this was done and had a twist I didn’t see coming! Definitely some messed up stuff going on in this one! If you can get past the slow build up, I think you’ll enjoy it!
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Cat & El are Identical twins. They fall out Cat goes to America but returns to Edinburgh when El disappears whilst sailing. Cat doesn’t believe El is dead because she still receives Emails from her but when a body is found that seems to be it. What follows is part detective story, part revenge, part horror and the merging of imagination with reality
The horror of their real childhood gradually unfolds, Cat and El’s love for Ross, the creepy house of their childhood and the willingness to shut out the truth. All the characters and the situations are believable interlaced with good twists to the storyline. Everything is skilfully bought together to make a really first class read