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The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
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"One of the best reads this year."
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We probably all have that one person that we see in our life – either directly or indirectly, in our close circles or not – that has “the perfect life”. Or, the “life we should have had”. For Iris, that perfect person who has it all is her sister. Her twin sister. Everything she could have / should have been, as she sees it.

There's little I can say about this book without getting into spoilers, which I'm determined not to do, so please pardon if this all sounds a little vague.

Summer and Iris are mirror twins, nearly exactly identical except they're mirrors of each other. The story is told from Iris's point of view. Their father is a self-made millionaire, but a twist in the will leaves the family fighting to get the inheritance.

On the surface, the book is a plain, good story. It picked me up from the very beginning, and hooked me in with believable characters that each have their quirks without being OTT and a plot that develops at a steady pace. However, once you've settled in for a nice cozy ride, things start changing… The plot, as they say, thickens.

The story is interesting as it's one of only a handful I've read where I've spent a lot of the time in the story changing and re-forming my opinions of the characters in the book. I instantly identified with Iris, and sided with her in seeing her sister as just a little too-perfect. There's something about that person that ‘has it all’ that it seems so easy to hate on them. However, the more I got to know Iris through her inner dialogue, the more I started to rethink my liking of her. However, this is part of the beauty of both the characterisation and the storytelling in my opinion… Usually with a character I'm not solidly on-side with I lose interest in the book. Yet in this case, I still wanted – needed – to see what happened.

For any more than that… You'll have to read it yourself to find out what I mean.

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'As addictive and intoxicating as the perfect martini. Don't start reading unless you have cancelled all your plans.' - Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake and Where the Dead Go Identical twins only look the same ... Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer's seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam. Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. Now is her chance to take what she's always wanted - the idyllic life she's always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she's dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth? Written with the chilling suspense of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl in the Mirror is an addictive thriller about greed, lust, secrets and deadly lies. 'Immensely entertaining, hugely original, highly recommended. Rose Carlyle takes the reader on a wild ride, across an ocean and into the depths of a family riven by greed, jealousy and subterfuge . . . Like sorbet for the jaded palates of hardcore thriller fans.' - Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands and Silver 'Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you've got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirror - fresh, flavourful, and utterly intoxicating.' - A.J. Finn, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'A young woman tries to outrun the secrets that her own actions create. The thrill of the chase gathers us up and pulls us through each page to the very last. And in that other game of pursuit, the author matching wits with the reader, Rose Carlyle is always one step ahead. Of The Girl in the Mirror's many surprises, the biggest is that such an expert psychological thriller, such an addictive ride, could be a debut.' - Malcolm Knox, author of The Life and Bluebird 'Rose Carlyle's debut psychological suspense The Girl in the Mirror left me gobsmacked. With its exotic setting, incredibly drawn characters, masterfully intricate plot, and an ending I absolutely did not see coming, Carlyle doesn't just knock the ball out of the park-she sends it flying into the next universe. The Girl in the Mirror is a triumph, one of the best books I've read all year.' - Karen Dionne, bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter and The Wicked Sister 'A page-turner that's delightfully over-the-top, shocking, and full of twists, The Girl in the Mirror takes sibling rivalry to the next level. A jaw-dropping debut.' - Stephanie Wrobel, author of Darling Rose Gold 'Rose Carlyle's The Girl in the Mirror took my breath away, page after page. It has it all: A superbly taut plot. Unforgettable, haunting characters. A setting that will instantly transport you to the lush landscape of the Seychelles. And one of the best endings I've read in a very long time. Bottom line-this book is exactly what we're all craving right now: a delicious, perfect escape.' - Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother 'Riveting from the first page to the last, with a final mind-blowing twist you'll never see coming!' - Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs Parrish

Author Biography

Rose Carlyle is a lawyer and keen adventurer. She has crewed on scientific yachting expeditions to subantarctic islands and lived aboard her own yacht in the Indian Ocean for a year, sailing it from Thailand to South Africa via the Seychelles. Rose was a Michael King Writer in Residence in 2020. She lives in Auckland with her three children. The Girl in the Mirror is her first novel.
Release date NZ
August 4th, 2020
Country of Publication
Allen & Unwin
Current sales rank
Top 500
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