The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle – Review

Written with the chilling, twisty suspense of The Wife Between Us and Something in the Water, a seductive debut thriller about greed, lust, secrets, and deadly lies involving identical twin sisters.

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 Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister 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. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth?

And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht?

Only Iris knows . . . 

Click cover to buy

Thank you so much to NetGalley for the eARC of this stunning thriller! The draw of the mystery of twin siblings has always been one to suck me in like the relentless tide of the sea–much like the one that swallows one of the fictional sisters in this novel. So of course, I was excited to dive into this plot. The stakes couldn’t have been higher from the first page; a fortune, a ‘perfect’ life, and an unexpected accident that dropped all of these wants into the lap of the surviving sister. What could go wrong?

We meet Iris, who is a literal mirror twin to her sister, Summer. The two are biologically the same but inverted, and their lives end up going the exact same way. Summer has it all, or so it seems, and Iris is a walking disaster. As much as she loves her sister, she harbors a hatred for her that comes to a head as she helps Summer sail her yacht home. Summer disappears, and Iris gladly steps into her shoes. What follows is a gut-wrenching tale of paranoia and deceit that is filled with so many twists and turns that I think I may have gotten whiplash. It is a fun and devilishly exciting read that will keep you guessing– and make you do a double take even on the final page.

It was exceedingly hard to believe that this was a debut novel– Rose has such a way with creating an atmosphere and secondhand anxiety. I was scared along with Iris, but I enjoyed every second of it. I could see this being made into a film or a mini-series, but in and of itself it was one hell of a roller coaster ride. I cannot wait to see where this author goes from here, because I truly believe it can be nowhere but up. Highly recommend for these lonely days in quarantine! It will keep you engaged and up at night for the best reasons!

5/5 stars