Thank you William Morrow Books for gifting me a copy of THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle.
“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 Seychelles, Iris nurtures her 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, but she’s also 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?”
Well, this book was mind-blowing.
I’ve seen a lot of reviews that discuss whether this book is a thriller or not and also discuss the author’s pace at the beginning of the book, so I thought I would address that first! I think that I would classify this book as a domestic thriller – I didn’t really have full thriller vibes until about 150 pages into the story and then it took off! As far as the pacing at the beginning of the book, I agree that it was slower and the sailing jargon was a little bit much. However, the author was using that time to lay the groundwork for the bones of the story. As a reader, we needed that information for the story to take hold and to make sense.
There were also multiple times that I had “what the heck is going on?” moments. For those of you who have read this book, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
Overall, once the story got started, I thought this was a true page-turner. I had my suspicions as to where the story was going and what the twist might be at the end so it was enjoyable to see how the author got to that point. I did not see that ending coming; I had to go back and read the last chapter again because I swore I was missing something. But, nope, it was just that shocking.
I encourage you to add this to your TBR list and be prepared for a wild ride.
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR was published today!