The Girl in the Mirror

Rose Carlyle

The Girl in the Mirror
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The Girl in the Mirror

Rose Carlyle

Identical twins only look the same…

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

Called to Thailand to help 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.

Now is her chance to take what she’s always wanted - the idyllic life she’s always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she’s dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?

Written with the chilling suspense of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl in the Mirror is an addictive thriller about greed, lust, secrets and deadly lies.     

Review

Summer and Iris are identical twins – asymmetrically, so when Iris looks at her sister, she sees her own reflection. But where Summer has succeeded – handsome husband, loving friends, immense wealth – Iris has failed, with one broken marriage already behind her and only jealousy to fuel her.

So when Summer asks Iris for a favour – to sail the family yacht out of a sticky situation in Thailand with her husband, Adam – Iris can see a future on the open sea, with a handsome man and a new way of wresting her father’s conditional inheritance from her siblings. But one morning, in the middle of the ocean, Iris wakes to find herself completely alone. It’s a struggle to get back to land, but on the arduous journey there, wracked with horror and grief, a new path appears before her. Can she take it? Can she sell it? And what will it cost?

This book has everything: a beautiful yacht; first-class living; endless, treacherous water; an inheritance that has seen a family discreetly torn into bitter pieces; a good twin and a bad twin. It’s a story laced with surprises and deceit; Carlyle, a sailor herself, knows her boats (I assume – I happily know nothing but love to read about them), and knows how to navigate readers through an excellent, twisty book and to drop anchor hard in an ending that will stop your heart.


Fiona Hardy is our monthly crime fiction columnist, and also blogs about children’s books at Fiona The Hardy.

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