Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Source: Publishers via NetGalley
Publisher: The Borough Press, HarperCollins UK
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: 1st April 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
Where do I even start with this book!!! Seriously it was mind blowing, with so much happening that You won’t know what is true and what’s imaginary.
Mirrorland follows mirror twins sisters Ellice (El) and Catriona (Cat) who created an imaginary world in the basement of their childhood home, that they called Mirrorland. But as the twins grow up they go their separate ways. Cat moved abroad to start her new life in California while El stays behind in Scotland and marries their childhood friend. But 12 Years after Cat leaves El goes missing and cat returns to find out what has happened, and the rest you’ll have to read the book to find out!!!
The book is a little slow to start but once it gets going around 15% on the Kindle I couldn’t get enough of it. This definitely isn’t your standard mystery, thriller. You’ll have to pay extra attention to details and you can’t skip anything because trust me you’ll definitely miss something if you do. This book had so many twists that you just won’t know what to believe.
Throughout the book the story switches between past and present day, most of the time without warning. Normally I struggle when authors do this but Johnstone has done it in such a way that it works well and actually helps to understand what’s going on, as it provides a lot of back story within the past sections. I did have my suspicions as to what happened to El and how the book would end, but there was also quite a lot of twists that I really didn’t see coming.
I thought the characters were good and developed well as the book progressed but there was something missing for me and this held me back in liking them fully.
After the initial slow start this really ended up being a really good debut novel, and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a chilling, psychological thriller.
I would like to thank both NetGalley and the publishers The Borough Press, HarperCollins UK for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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