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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published April 20, 2021 by Scribner

ISBN: 9781982136352

3 reviews for Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

  1. Chandra

    Woah woah woah – another 5 star read from me?! Either I’m feeling very generous during these holidays (and Spooky Season is MY FAVE) or I’m just coming across some very good books. And yet ANOTHER character driven novel. WHO AM I?!

    I tried listening to this a few months back but my brain wouldn’t allow me the patience with the Scottish accent – my brain is weird. But I finally went back and although I couldn’t listen to it at warp speed like I can with other audiobooks, I’m here to tell you that the narrator truly makes this SUCH an enjoyable experience – look her up!! The voice became very mesmerizing and her performance is outstanding. Yeah, I’m a fan. 😊

    This story. It’s dark, moody, atmospheric and half the time I had no idea WTF was happening. Did I somehow end up in Mirrorland? Did Cat bring me with her in her insane journey? DID I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT?! Ok ok let me back up. I love dark fairy tales and the presence of Mirrorland is in itself its own entity. A living, breathing character that was breathing down my neck and making the tiny hairs stand at attention. And these twins. W….T….F…. I thought my family had issues.

    Listen, there’s a LOT to unpack from this story. There’s no levity at all in this read. It’s harrowing and seeps right into your skin and you HAVE to pay attention or you’ll easily get lost. I would highly recommend the audiobook for this because if I’m being honest – I’m not sure how reading this with my eyes would have gone. What I do know is that my ears are happy and I’m kicking myself for not listening to this sooner. Kids – don’t put yourself in a position to where you’ll need to kick yourself, k?
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  2. Tali+Leonard


    What did I just read? This was one crazy, dark thriller. My brain felt like it was in a maze the entire time, trying to make sense out of it and find the light at the end. “Mirrorland” is not your average thriller. It is layered and mysterious. After reading the first chapter, you feel like you walked into a fog.

    The story begins with El and Cat, who are estranged twin-sisters. One living in America and the other in Scotland. When El mysteriously disappears, Cat goes to Scotland to help with the investigation. After returning home to her childhood home, where El and her husband Ross still live, Cat finds clues that leads her on a treasure hunt. She must remember the past and Mirrorland to find out what happened to her sister.

    I loved how the story went back to their childhood to when they lived in their fantasy world. I was astonished at the depth that Johnstone gave the story and the characters. The part that fascinated me the most was reading about the games the girls played in Mirrorrland.

    While I have to admit that I was a little confused for the first third of the book, the puzzle pieces fell into place nicely. The ending was very satisfying for me.

    4.5 ⭐️

  3. KC

    3.75 rounded up to 4…

    Mirrorland was hard for me to rate. I think it will absolutely make the perfect book for someone. Especially someone who enjoys fantasy.
    The end had me gripped and wanting to see what happened next, but then the storyline in the realms of fantasy I found myself skimming. When it came to the end the fantasy parts do finally make sense. I was happy with how the story wrapped up, and I was glad I stuck with this one. It is one that will stand out to me, as it was certainly unique, just not really my thing.

    I do think readers who enjoy fantasy and thrillers will love this mash up.

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