Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author: Rose Carlyle
Format: BOTM Hardcover
Length: 296 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: dysfunctional families, twin thrillers
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 . . .
I was addicted to the short-lived 2011 TV series Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, so I was excited for the similar vibes of this book. Turns out, once you’ve seen one twin thriller, you’ve seen them all.
I did not like this book. From the beginning, I could not connect to main character Iris. Her obsession with her twin sister was pathetic and off-putting. I also didn’t find Iris and Summer to be believable as 23 year olds. The story starts off really slow and is bogged down with awkward conversations and the minutiae of sailing. The book is under 300 pages, but it took over 100 pages for the story to take off.
This book made me really uncomfortable. A lot of the descriptions and plot points were just icky and unbelievable. Rather than producing entertaining drama, the dysfunctional family dynamics just disturbed me. This family is seriously messed up but I also didn’t care at all what happened to them.
I was also disappointed by the twists in this story. I wouldn’t exactly say it was predictable, but I was not surprised by any of the twists. I kept angrily rolling my eyes, and this book convinced me that I need to stop choosing new thrillers by unread authors from BOTM because I am tired of this disappointment.
In conclusion, I recommend that you skip this book. If you want twin drama, watch Ringer. If you want a dysfunctional family thriller, read He Started It by Samantha Downing. But I don’t understand the hype behind this book at all.