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Publisher's Summary

“Unnerving.” —People

“Unsettling...unlocks its mysteries slowly.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A dark, twisty, and richly atmospheric exploration of the power of imagination” —Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10 

“Beautifully written and told with a watchmaker’s precision” (Stephen King), Mirrorland is a thrilling psychological suspense novel about twin sisters, the man they both love, the house that has always haunted them, and the childhood stories they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As kids, 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 hasn’t 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: a treasure hunt that leads them back to Mirrorland, where the truth lies waiting... 

A brilliantly crafted story that “feels like the love child of Gillian Flynn and Stephen King” (Greer Hendricks, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Mirrorland is a propulsive, gripping debut about love, betrayal, revenge—and the price of freedom.

©2021 Carole Johnstone. All rights reserved. (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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Great story but so long

NO SPOILERS
I am torn between this book....
It is a beautifully written, and intriguing story, but it was just SO LONG. I thought it was never going to end. I feel like it would’ve been more enjoyable if about 5-6 hours didn’t exist.
The story and writing deserve more stars, but I just can’t get passed how dragged out it was.
I was hoping that the ending would have made the length worth it but I just couldn’t get on board. I wasn’t disappointed with the ending...I just wanted it to end.

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Mirrorland Is Like No Other

I really enjoyed the rollercoaster ride into & through the storyline & characters!!

I stared the book and couldn't stop listening!

A story of so much, from love, abuse, childhood abuse & how effectived their lives as adults. The family relationship between sisters, friends & a puzzle that needs put back together in the hardest way possible....by remembering a past one sister chose to bury & forget.
The way for her remember though is to go back through to Mirrorland & why the sisters created it.

5 stars all the way & worth the credit 100%.

The narrator was good as well, but she had something missing & I couldn't put my finger on it.

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Definition of psychological

Okay here’s the deal. This is not the most perfectly plotted mystery novel of all time. If that’s what you are after, you may find some enjoyment here, but that’s not where the magic lies with this novel. This is an exploration of childhood, of trauma, of the creative ways the brain conjures to categorize, make sense of, and protect itself from what it cannot accept or needs to hide from itself for the sake of self preservation. I found this book utterly enthralling. It is long. It is slow paced. None of that matters if you find yourself in for the ride, and I was in for the ride. The mystery here is what lies hidden in our main character’s mind, far more than what comprises the facts of current events in her life. The novel has total gothic vibes, the descriptions of the old house are effectively atmospheric and foreboding. There is a lot of really brilliant layering and foreshadowing that goes into this. It truly is a treasure hunt. And so sad, at the end of it all. An actually really tragic story. Anyway! 5 stars. I’ve not listened obsessively to an audiobook the way I did with this one in quite some time. Worth the listen, tho it does take some commitment to get into. Writing is good, never annoying, often admirable.

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Many jaw dropping moments - a great one!

This is an absolutely fantastic, twisting story. I don’t remember having so many literal jaw dropping moments in any other story. Ms Johnstone’s style is immensely enjoyable and interesting. She has a way of hitting certain moments and emotions, then recalling them later in the same way. It’s powerful. It’s a truly can’t miss audiobook!

That having been said, I simply cannot imagine this book having a different voice than Katie Leung. She’s Scottish and has a lovely voice. I’m American English speaking, so it took a moment (and some good ear pods) to really hear and understand her clearly. But, man…her cadence and tone are amazing, but the intimacy she can achieve is truly moving. I’m definitely a fan and will now try books just because she’s narrating.

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Loved it.

At times in the beginning I found it a bit confusing, but once I untangled it, it was very enjoyable. Very imaginative and different.

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BORING

This book sounded like it was really going to be good. It was not. There is a missing person, and a who done it. It was very easy to figure out what who did what. Boring.


RECOMMENDATION: RUN FROM IT. DON’T READ

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Fantastic thriller

This book is both beautiful and terrifying and keeps you guessing until the very end

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Convoluted

I love twists and turns. This story was so convoluted that by the time the big reveals came, I didn’t care. The “Francophone” and “Eastern European” accents sounded like someone who has ill-fitting dentures. Not saying I could do better, but i found it distracting.

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Where are the mirrors?

They never mentioned a mirror once and I'm upset. They should have called it Pirateland.

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Great story but hard to keep up

It's a really good story but you need to pay attention. A lot of bouncing back and forth. Still worth my credit.