Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author: Rose Carlyle 
Publisher:  William Morrow
Release Date:  October 20, 2020

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 . .





All that for it to end this way! Arrgh

Was the premise a good one? Absolutely. Twins (mirror twins) almost conjoined twins if they had stayed a little longer in the womb: Summer and Iris are the main topic of discussion. 

Summer with all her perfect body and Iris with her dextrocardia and other organs on her right side instead of her left. 

Summer, the sweet perfect twin while Iris, full of envy and freaky-how-I-imitate-my twin behavior.

Summer with the perfect husband, Adam. Iris with a failed marriage to Noah.

Then, of course, there is the money. The twins' father's revealed a bomb when the girls were  just teenagers. Whoever delivers a new child after they marry will be the sole proprietor of the Carmichael fortune. Unfortunately, the twins are not the only ones that can inherit. They have stepsiblings and their brother to compete for it.


Poor Iris. She never got a chance. What the heck Ben, you couldn't tell them apart? Moron. And poor Ester, you know Summer is going to find a way to get rid of her. 

Did I guess the twists? Yes, from the beginning. I knew Summer was alive and not pregnant. I also guessed that Adam was in on it. I knew they wanted Iris's baby but I was hoping Summer wouldn't get away with it.

Iris had all this growth as a person, as a daughter, as a stepmother, and as a mother. Why let her die? 

Summer had no growth just plain evil.  A psychopath dreaming of crocodiles killing her victims. 

Was the book a good one?

Oh yeah, the suspense was killing me. It was a race to answer the one question I had. Was Iris going to be a victim or a survivor?

Adam you conniving bastard with your freaky sex! What an arse! Hope Summer kills you too.

Do I feel strongly about the emotions The Girl in the Mirror brought out in me? Yep, I had many.

I will read anything Rose Carlyle writes from now on.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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