Something’s coming. Something’s nearly here…
Twelve years ago my life began again.
But it was a lie.
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 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 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 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 sharply crafted mystery about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, and Daphne du Maurier.
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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.”
“Mirrorland is an intricate, brilliant puzzle of a novel…It’s Gone Girl meets Rebecca if Henry James had written it; atmospheric, tightly plotted and utterly gripping, a must read for fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn.”
#1 Sunday Times Best-selling Author of Behind her Eyes
“A dark and twisty thriller told with thumping heart and extraordinary tenderness.”
KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE MERCIES
“In this unsettling, labyrinthine tale, it is hard 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.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“An unnerving thriller that proves the scariest stuff lies right between our ears.”
“This ambitious blend of psychological suspense and horror casts a powerful light on the liberating power of imagination.”
“A dark, twisty and richly atmospheric exploration of the power of imagination”
SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
“Carole Johnstone’s debut feels like the love child of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King. In Mirrorland nothing is at it appears and the kaleidoscope twists and turns will have you frantically turning the pages until you reach the gasp-out-loud ending.”
#1 New York Times Best-selling co-author of
The Wife Between Us
“Past and present collide in this vivid, ingenious, and totally absorbing thriller. Mirrorland is an amzing debut.”
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE HOLIDAY AND THE CATCH
“Intricately plotted and utterly engrossing, Johnstone superbly sustains a sense of menace and mystery that sweeps everything before it.”
THE DAILY MAIL
“It’s hard to believe that this is Johnstone’s first novel. It’s slick and accomplished and drips with Gothic suspense, but never slips into melodrama. This is a writer to watch.”
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“Johnstone has created a dark, twisting thriller that explores the pitch-black corners of people’s minds…Fans of Gillian Flynn’s creeping dread and Liane Moriarty’s nuanced morality and complex relationships should love this book. An entralling thriller.”
Mirror Twins are literally mirror reflections of each other, sometimes even having the same dreams or thoughts or emotions. Some describe it as having one brain in two bodies. Others claim a telepathy that extends to physically feeling pain when the other is hurt.
36 Westeryk Road. The crumbling, creepy old house in Mirrorland is haunted by all that has happened inside its crimson red walls, because it symbolises something that must be confronted, a history that cannot be escaped.
It’s also a real place…
Whether classic or contemporary, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, a good gothic thriller is always full of passion and mystery; love and revenge; and enough surprises, twists, and turns to keep you up into the wee hours!
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