But this house turned our imagination into a melting pot, a forge. A cauldron.
I can trust nothing that came out of it.
No. 36 Westeryk Road, an imposing flat-stone house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A house of curving shadows and crumbling grandeur. But it’s what lies under the house that is extr ...more
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When the twins reach adulthood, they have a massive falling out, and have no contact with each ot ...more
We have an unreliable narrator on the board to tell us a creepy, delusional, blood freezing, complex story with a gothic, bleak, claustrophobic house theme dances with blended magical realism, psychological thriller, mystery genres!
Twin girls El and Cat created a world called Mirrorland till that world begins to threat them swallow whole. ...more
36 Westeryk Road, Edinburgh contains Mirrorland, the escapist world of mirror twins Ellice (El) and Catriona (Cat) Morgan. Now in their thirties El leads Cat on a treasure hunt to unlock their shocking reality and discover truths.
It took me a while to get into this but its draws you into the original and creative plot and ultimately it becomes very difficult to put down. It is a very atmospheric tale, super creepy in places and the author fuses the childhood fantasy Mirrorland brillia ...more
Until El goes missing….
Cat quickly returns home to Edinburgh from California. She refuses to believe that something has happened to El. But the investigation of her disappearance is underway. Could El’s husband be responsible? A man they both have a history with.
I admittedly had a hard time connecting with this book. There were parts I enjoyed such as the actual inves ...more
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Gorgeous atmospheric experiences....
literary- psychological thriller ....
clever, beautifully written.... breathtaking descriptions...
This is beautifully written debut.....(combo/ infusion mix of genres) > stunning blend of literary fiction and mystery thriller. I loved the book. There are a lot of descriptions— (which often can be too much), but I found the descriptions in this book exhilarating, birthed from a w ...more
This book sounded right up my ally but I was so very wrong. I have been reading this for about four hours now and I'm only at 16%. This is way too fantastical for me and I had no idea that pirates and pirate lingo would be such a big factor in the story. I have zero interest in pirates and, as it turns out, Mirrorland either. C'est la vie!
Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my review. ...more
Smoke and Mirrors, Fiction and Fantasy.
“Mirrorland'' is a world created by Identical twins, El and Cat as children growing up in a Manse in Scotland. It's a marvelous, outlandish, and wondrous world where El and Cat could hide, safe from harm, even though it was inhabited by clowns, witches, and pirates.
Call me crazy, but I personally would have been hiding from Mirrorland, not the other way around!
Once best friends, the two sis ...more
This is a complicated story and there is a lot of fantasy from the twins childhood.
A slow moving story that failed to hold my interest.
Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
In 1998 Ellice and Catriona are twins, as children they created their own world called Mirrorland. They both leave home as they want to join a pirate ship.
The twins are now grown up but have not been close for many years.
El has disappeared whilst out on her boat. She is married to childhood friend Ross and they live in her childhood home in Scotland.
Cat who is now living in California returns to see what h ...more
I read the synopsis and on Netgalley and was instantly hooked and have been eagerly waiting to read this ever since. That was the fantasy. The reality is I have been trying really hard for almost 3 hours to get into this book, and failing miserably.
Looks like I may be in the minority here, as many other reviewers are rating highly. I can’t do that as I DNF @ 18%, and struggle to award 1 star. ...more
When this started, I was a bit confused about where the characters were and what exactly was going on. This is intentional, though, and eventually all became clear. This is a dark book of family secrets and jealousy (a very dark book). Despite some uneven pacing, I found myself devouring this story, needing to know what happened next. It's a feverish read, with a satisfying ending.
I received this review ...more
Twins Cat and El are the inventors and rulers of Mirrorland, the magical realm in the cupboard full of clowns, pirates, witches, and anything else their minds can come up with. Being raised on stories about Neverland, Narnia, and The Black Pearl, Cat and El turned their house into many magical realms, and built a full sized ship to sail the imaginary seas. Their childhood was full of adventure, until one day they were orphaned and found wa ...more
Not going to lie, I always wished I had a sister, but a twin sister? Shouldn’t that just come with a health warning, plain and simple? Your sense of identity is shrouded around being part of a pair. Mothers of twins the world over tend to dress them the same, do their hair the same and treat them the same. How to y ...more
Expected publication date: April 20, 2021
Cat has tried for years to escape her past. After growing up in Edinburgh, she moved across the world to California nearly twelve years ago, and has had no contact with her estranged twin sister, El, since. When Cat receives word that El has disappeared at sea, she is forced to return to Scotland in hopes of finding her s ...more
At the root of the story is a woman returning home when her sister goes mi ...more
What sets Mirrorland apart from other thrillers are the fantasy sequences that take place in Mirrorland. The meshing of real life and fantasy, and Cat not being able to tell who or what is real, is what set this book apart from other thrillers. Honestly, the concept of this fictional world being interwoven into the story was ...more
Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from her twin sister El, who has stayed in their hometown and house they grew up in, in Edinburgh. As girls they invented Mirrorland, an imaginary land and a place of escape.
Now, twelve years later, Cat is returning home after she hears from El's husband, Ross, who tells her El is missing. El went out on her sailboat and never returned. As Cat returns to their childhood home sh ...more
However, what intrigued me the most is when the mirror twins go into the fantasy realm that they conjured up as an escape.
Sadly, El goes missing and her husband....does not seem to be the man Cat (twin sister) thought she was. Time to question everything. That’s when it gets interesting. 2.5 rounded up to 3.
10 years later, Cat gets a phone call from Ross, telling her that El is missing. Cat frantically returns to Sc ...more
Fans of Room and Gone Girl will absolutely fall in love with this novel. It's a mixture of both novels combined into one jaw-dropping psychological thriller that will satisfy readers till its very last page.
Cat and El are twins who grew up at 36 Westeryk Lane. This was where they invented Mirrorland; an imaginary world filled with pirates, witches and clowns. Cat moves on with her life, but El moves in to that same house with her husband Ross. When she disappears, El is forced back i ...more
Mainly as our main character can't tell what the truth is,having been brought up on stories and myths.
The house is beyond creepy,and as the truth finally emerges,it's stranger than I was imagining.
This book is dark and suspenseful,and a blinking good read... having me puzzling over the who's and the why's far after I'd put the book down for the night.
Her debut novel, Mirrorland, will be published in spring 2021 by Borough Press/HarperCollins in the UK and Commonwealth and by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in North America.
She lives in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
More information can be found at carolejohnstone.com