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Blog Tour: Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone // Review

“Because believing hurts. No one has ever lied or hidden the truth from me better than I have.”


Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 320
Published: April 20, 2021
Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

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…

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.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me for review but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


My Take
I’m always up for a good Thriller and I was super excited to read Mirrorland when I saw the blurb.

I liked the unique premise, it felt like I was reading a story within a story. There were also some twists that were quite gripping and made the story interesting for me. Mirrorland being a psychological Thriller there are a lot of mind games.

“Everything and nothing is the same.”

What I didn’t like is the slow pacing, to a point it made the story drag. The writing is also something that didn’t work for me. The book has some fantasy/magical realism aspects to it and it all ties in well at the end, but personally I don’t like fantasy in my thrillers.

Mirrorland is a dark story that has its gripping twisty moments and if that’s something that interests you, then I do recommend.

What’s the last Thriller book you read? Would you recommend it?

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