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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Publication 01.04.21

The most dangerous stories are the ones we tell ourselves…

No. 36 Westeryk Road: an imposing flat-stone house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A place of curving shadows and crumbling grandeur. But it’s what lies under the house that is extraordinary – Mirrorland. A vivid make-believe world that twin sisters Cat and El created as children. A place of escape, but from what?


Now in her thirties, Cat has turned her back on her past. But when she receives news that one sunny morning, El left harbour in her sailboat and never came back, she is forced to return to Westeryk Road; to re-enter a forgotten world of lies, betrayal and danger. Because El had a plan. She’s left behind a treasure hunt that will unearth long-buried secrets. And to discover the truth, Cat must first confront the reality of her childhood – a childhood that wasn’t nearly as idyllic as she remembers…


Five Star Review


Intelligent and extremely well executed thriller. You really need to concentrate on this one.

This creepy magical tale was mesmerising, i just kept turning the pages well into the early hours of the morning, unable to stop reading it.

This is a complicated thriller involving twins in love with the same man. The setting is dark and claustrophobic yet it is magical and sad. It centres around the twins past and present and the mystery of the vanishing sister.

At one reveal I thought how incredibly brilliant the author had set the story up. Such clever writing.

I can't really say much more for you have to discover the rest yourself. Read it.

Highly recommended.


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