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A thrilling work of psychological suspense with the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room Mirrorland is the story of twin sisters the man they both love and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind Cat lives in Los Angeles about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No 36 Westeryk Road the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up As girls they invented Mirrorl I am not a fan of the magical realism genre which this novel seems to resemble so I really struggled to engage with the storyline However the writing is excellently atmospheric imbuing the novel with that pervasive sense of other worldliness to be found in dreams or is this a nightmare? Either way it is a very intriguing first novel

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Finds herself stumbling on long held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past Because someone El? has left Cat clues all over the house 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 Cat lives in California She returns home to Edinburgh after an absence of twelve years when her identical sister El is reported missing El and her husband have been living in Cat and El’s childhood home As she waits for news the barely changed house awakens vivid memories of their childhoodMirrorland is a stylishly written thrillerwhere the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred The complexity covers both plot and characters entangling the reader just the way El and Cat were as children The narration too is unreliable and clever as this is the detailed descriptions of the make believe life at times felt bewildering and over longThe characters unlikeable as they were were well drawn and I loved the emotions flitting over faces decisions on whether the truth or fiction would be spoken The reveal was not the strongest part but the climax leading to it was well doneMirrorland is a rock solid debut thrillerWith thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK Off-side is a propulsive page turning debut about the power of Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) imagination and the price of freedom Cat lives Enséñame más in California She returns home to Edinburgh after an absence of twelve years when her Wonder (The Books of Marvella, identical sister El Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set is reported missing El and her husband have been living The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in Cat and El’s childhood home As she waits for news the barely changed house awakens vivid memories of their childhoodMirrorland The Tunnel is a stylishly written thrillerwhere the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred The complexity covers both plot and characters entangling the reader just the way El and Cat were as children The narration too Secretos del Cosmos is unreliable and clever as this The Secret Treasons is the detailed descriptions of the make believe life at times felt bewildering and over longThe characters unlikeable as they were were well drawn and I loved the emotions flitting over faces decisions on whether the truth or fiction would be spoken The reveal was not the strongest part but the climax leading to مريض الوهم it was well doneMirrorland The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death is a rock solid debut thrillerWith thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK

Carole Johnstone ô 7 Review

And 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 the grand old house which has scarcely changed in twenty years No 36 Westeryk Road is still full of shadowy hidden corners and at every turn Cat Oh man where to begin Is it weird that I can’t really decide how I felt about this one? In a way it felt like an above average read but at the same time kind of average? What sets Mirrorland apart from other thrillers are the fantasy seuences that take place in Mirrorland The meshing of real life and fantasy and Cat not being able to tell who or what is real is what set this book apart from other thrillers Honestly the concept of this fictional world being interwoven into the story was pretty brilliant The reason I’m being a bit wishy washy with this review is because this book was mostly frustrating for me until the last 10% I thought for sure this was going to end a certain way that was way too obvious and predictable which really got on my nerves and kept me from enjoying a good chunk of the book I’m trying not to go into specifics to avoid going into spoiler territory but the book ended up redeeming itself and I did end up liking the way it ended I am giving this book 355 stars rounded up to 45 Because while it was a slow start with the real life seuences being fairly generic I do acknowledge the author’s hard work in creating the fantasy aspect of this novel so well the redeeming uality of this book and that alone is why I think this book deserved an above average rating Thank you to Netgalley and Scribner for providing an arc in return for my honest review


10 thoughts on “Mirrorland

  1. says:

    My brain is on fire My dear overcooked grey cells burned to ashes Another stimulating challenging thriller is out to surprise you with complicated twists We have an unreliable narrator on the board to tell us a creepy delusional blood freezing complex story with a gothic bleak claustrophobic house theme dances with blended magical realism psychological thriller mystery genres Twin girls El and Cat created a world called Mirrorland till that world begins to threat them swallow whole Once upon a time they walked hand in hand scared cold crying in a Scottish harbor in Edinburgh to catch the latest pirate ship At the very same night their lives have completely changed We move forward in time After 12 years later Cat who already moved on her life in California is forced to return back to her childhood house The place has been bought by El and her husband Ross because El always gets what she wants including taking Ross from Cat with her theatrical acts like suicide attempt threats The sisters stopped talking for 10 years and now El is missing presumed dead which Cat doesn’t believe from the beginning She knows her sister than anyone and she has to find where she’s hiding and what she’s trying to do by dragging her back to the house of horrors As soon as Cat returns back to the childhood house her torturous memories start to reappear on her mind But the things she tells seem distorted delusional She gets threat messages from someone and as she digs out she completely believes her sister might be alive We cannot decide if her words are accurate or she’s lying because her blurry mind barely differentiate between reality and dream She finally realizes by coming back to the place where every nightmare in her life has started is the most dangerous choice she’d made and now she may pay it with her life Definitely complex brain cell frying mind numbing layered dark smart exhausting story made you feel like getting lost in labyrinths of your darkest fears with no accurate way out It was not an easy read smoke clouds still rise above my head You gotta pay attention to the details and the deep meanings behind the magical stories of twins I cut some points because some parts and depictions in the book got me tired My mind worked overtime to put the puzzle pieces at the right places I’m rounding up 35 stars to 4 clownish house of horror four stars Wow My grey cells still hurt but I’m so sure after reading this book they won’t get rusted as Mr Poirot advised Special thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for sharing this digital copy of this original book in exchange my honest opinions


  2. says:

    I am not a fan of the magical realism genre which this novel seems to resemble so I really struggled to engage with the storyline However the writing is excellently atmospheric imbuing the novel with that pervasive sense of other worldliness to be found in dreams or is this a nightmare? Either way it is a very intriguing first novel


  3. says:

    This is all sorts of twisty turneywith difficulty knowing what is the truthMainly as our main character can't tell what the truth ishaving been brought up on stories and mythsThe house is beyond creepyand as the truth finally emergesit's stranger than I was imaginingThis book is dark and suspensefuland a blinking good read having me puzzling over the who's and the why's far after I'd put the book down for the night


  4. says:

    The world of Mirrorland is so comprehensively detailed that the reader can imagine themselves as the young twins Cat Catriona and El Ellice in this fantastically crafted novel hiding away from the fears of the adultoutside world Both safely united in their imaginary worldHowever reality must intrude on their imaginary world and the story begins when the twins are found cold scared and alone late at night at a Scottish harbour in Edinburgh Repeating only their first names and that they are waiting for a pirate ship there is much confusion about what has happened to Catriona and Ellice The story then jumps forward twenty years and Cat is returning to her old childhood home long since purchased by El and her husband Ross Unfortunately her return is not for a pleasant but rather tragic reason – El has gone missing while out at sea on her boat and is now presumed death Cat refuses to believe that this is the case Although not having spoken in over 10 years Cat recalls how El supposedly attempted suicide previously in order to keep Cat and Ross apart and she refers to the dramatics preformed by El on a regular basics From here on we learn of Mirrorland – a magical world as invented by the children and inhabited by them on a daily basis Along with Ross and several friends who may or may not also be invented As the novel continues Cat’s memories become increasingly twisted and tortured leading the reader to wonder if these memories of the past can be trusted and now if she is actually imagining her encounters in the present day with the locals With Cat continuing to insist that El must be alive there is someone determined to scare her away by sending numerous threatening notes all while she is receiving messages that tell her El is alive Could El be sending these or maybe Mouse? But surely Mouse was only a figment of her imagination? When Cat realises that her memories cannot be trusted she starts to realise that she is in far danger that she could ever have imagined and that Mirrorland is not the safe haven she thought When imagination fantasy and deeply rooted fear combine the world of Mirrorland is the result a haven and hideaway What a wonderful world has been created by Carole Johnstone is this novel A novel that is part psychological thriller and part gothic novel I kept turning and turning the pages – I just could not put it down


  5. says:

    Date reviewed September 11 2020When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you have nothing to do while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation superspeed readers like me can read 250 pageshour so yes I have read the book and many today And it is way too hot to go outside so why not sit in from of the blasting ac and read and review books?? I reuested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review From the publisher as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸Perhaps everyone’s childhood memories are the same part truth part fantasyBut this house turned our imagination into a melting pot a forge A cauldronI can trust nothing that came out of itNo 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 secretsA sharply crafted mystery about the power of imagination and the price of freedom perfect for fans of Erin Kelly and Tana FrenchWhat a creepy book this is an incredible psychological thrillermystery that will suck you in and make you want to stay up late until you finish it The characters are well written and the plot flawless I want you to read this book when it comes out I can see recommending it to patrons friends and book clubsREAD THIS BOOK


  6. says:

    Oh man where to begin Is it weird that I can’t really decide how I felt about this one? In a way it felt like an above average read but at the same time kind of average? What sets Mirrorland apart from other thrillers are the fantasy seuences that take place in Mirrorland The meshing of real life and fantasy and Cat not being able to tell who or what is real is what set this book apart from other thrillers Honestly the concept of this fictional world being interwoven into the story was pretty brilliant The reason I’m being a bit wishy washy with this review is because this book was mostly frustrating for me until the last 10% I thought for sure this was going to end a certain way that was way too obvious and predictable which really got on my nerves and kept me from enjoying a good chunk of the book I’m trying not to go into specifics to avoid going into spoiler territory but the book ended up redeeming itself and I did end up liking the way it ended I am giving this book 355 stars rounded up to 45 Because while it was a slow start with the real life seuences being fairly generic I do acknowledge the author’s hard work in creating the fantasy aspect of this novel so well the redeeming uality of this book and that alone is why I think this book deserved an above average rating Thank you to Netgalley and Scribner for providing an arc in return for my honest review


  7. says:

    Cat lives in California She returns home to Edinburgh after an absence of twelve years when her identical sister El is reported missing El and her husband have been living in Cat and El’s childhood home As she waits for news the barely changed house awakens vivid memories of their childhoodMirrorland is a stylishly written thrillerwhere the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred The complexity covers both plot and characters entangling the reader just the way El and Cat were as children The narration too is unreliable and clever as this is the detailed descriptions of the make believe life at times felt bewildering and over longThe characters unlikeable as they were were well drawn and I loved the emotions flitting over faces decisions on whether the truth or fiction would be spoken The reveal was not the strongest part but the climax leading to it was well doneMirrorland is a rock solid debut thrillerWith thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK


  8. says:

    Catriona returns to Edinburgh following her twin sister Ellice's death and upon reentering their childhood home the unsettling past of Cat and El's upbringing begins to come flooding back to her practically chasing her in mysterious emails and cards left on the doorstep Everything Cat tried to forget holds the answer to why her sister is dead Mirrorland feels a bit like a roller coaster ride as it starts off with a climb but once you reach the peak you're thrust into a whirlwind of bewilderment As pieces of Cat's past unfolded in her psyche the breath was knocked out of me again and again Not just a novel Mirrorland is an experience that can't be easily summarized emotionally turbulent chaotically charged and downright astonishing


  9. says:

    Mirrorland was an excellent psychological drama imaginative and cleverly twisted it is an absolute page turner of a storyMirror twins an imaginative world of escape sets the scene for when one of those twins goes missingis she dead? Is she hiding? What exactly happened all those years ago Perhaps Mirrorland holds the answersTense twisted and with some highly engaging characters Mirrorland takes you on a brilliantly atmospheric journey towards the truth with a beautifully written narrative that holds you enthralled from first page to last Highly recommended


  10. says:

    An absolute cracker of a book It tells the story of identical twins El and Cat who spend a lot of their time in their fantasy land Mirrorland There are so many twists and turns it almost made me dizzy Unbelievably mind blowing I couldn't put it down


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