Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone


This story is advertised as being similar to having twists like you’d find in the book Gone Girl. I read that story a long time ago, but loved the suspense in it! I’m hoping this truly will be similar.

Thank you Scribner for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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…

This story was like nothing I have ever read before! It’s wild and twisted, that’s for sure. There was a whole lot of creativity going into this story. This had a touch of fantasy/magic realism to it, which I didn’t expect. For some reason I didn’t really love the touch to different genres in this book, even though I normally don’t mind it. I think I was just way more invested in the investigation behind what was happening in the book and wanted to read more into that. This one was really hard to rate because there are so many elements to it. If you want to read something different than you’ve ever read before, I say do it. Would I read this again? Nope.

3.5/5 Stars


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