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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 Sum 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 . . .


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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 Sum 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 . . .

30 review for The Girl in the Mirror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? Breathe in! Breathe out! Gather your wits Nilufer! I know the author fooled you so bad! Your dumb ass hurts like hell as you sit on the floor because the author pulled the rug out from under you so fast and you lost your balance, you lost your dropping jaw and a few precious grey cells which were fried and smelled like detesting fast food chains’ products! I’m telling you to go blind about this book! Don’t you dare to read the blurb which gives more away th WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? WTH? Breathe in! Breathe out! Gather your wits Nilufer! I know the author fooled you so bad! Your dumb ass hurts like hell as you sit on the floor because the author pulled the rug out from under you so fast and you lost your balance, you lost your dropping jaw and a few precious grey cells which were fried and smelled like detesting fast food chains’ products! I’m telling you to go blind about this book! Don’t you dare to read the blurb which gives more away than my regular reviewers ( yes, I got so many complaints about my big mouth and spoiled reviews! Guilty as charged! ) So without so much away I only tell you about the antiheroine’s story: Iris: she is the twin suffers from situs inversus which means the organs in the chest and abdomen are positioned in a mirror image from their normal positions. She is the less lovable, shiny, beautiful twin watches her sister Summer (see, she also got the coolest name as she settles with iris flowers which barely smell! ) like a hawk throughout her life and she sees her amazing life : she literally has the all. A kind, charming, wealthy husband Adam and a lovely stepson Tarquin. She also bought Iris’ childhood dream boat which has been belonged to their father. Summer doesn’t like to sail but who cares? She can have anything she wants as Iris’ marriage fails, loosing her job, struggling! As her lowest point, dear Summer calls her sister to help her sail their boat Bathsheba from Thailand to Seychelles as her husband takes care of their stepson at the hospital for his urgent surgery. Iris accepts to help because she already lost too much in her life and sailing always cheers her up! But the sailing with sister is far from an adventure, it ends with a terrible disaster. Summer falls down from the boat, getting lost in the sea. A few days later Iris gives up hope but her grief also gives her opportunity to have a clean slate. What if she switches places with her sister and lives Summer’s life. This also means she can have baby and get her father’s inheritance. Did I say her father has three wives and 7 children. First one who can give him grandchild will get the inheritance money! Game on Iris! Will you fool Summer’s husband Adam, your own mother, stepson and her friends by acting like your angelic twin? Just get your popcorn, a nice bottle of Cabernet and start turning the pages my friends! This is sneaky, creepy, devilish, shocking, entertaining, a great mindf*ck read! Such a great success for debut novel that I couldn’t put it down! And that ending.... wow... it blew my mind! Stop procrastinating! Go, get your copy! It’s freaking awesome!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    A bit melodramatic, i saw the plot twist coming from a mile away, but overall a fun read , I enjoyed it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    I freaking LOVED this book!! What a sinister, twisted, spine-tingling, edge of your seat suspense this was, and I ate it up! This tale had me guessing up until the very last sentence, questioning if our narrator was reliable or not, and I loved the final reveal even more than I thought I would. I'm very thankful I selected this as my BOTM read, and as usual they were spot on in their selection. This was richly atmospheric on top of the emotions this made me feel, I also felt as though I were in I freaking LOVED this book!! What a sinister, twisted, spine-tingling, edge of your seat suspense this was, and I ate it up! This tale had me guessing up until the very last sentence, questioning if our narrator was reliable or not, and I loved the final reveal even more than I thought I would. I'm very thankful I selected this as my BOTM read, and as usual they were spot on in their selection. This was richly atmospheric on top of the emotions this made me feel, I also felt as though I were in the warm Seychelles island right along with Iris (and then Australia). Needless to say, Carlyle has the goods to deliver everything you would want and more in a psychological thriller, and she's going on my auto-purchase list! I recommend anyone looking for pure entertainment done in the darkest way possible to go out and get this book immediately! Themes similar include unreliable narrator, family inheritance, mystery deaths, disappearance at sea, you name it! I simply cannot believe this is Carlyle's debut novel, and I cannot wait to read her next release!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Wow!!! Just wow!!! How on earth is this a debut?! I certainly don't know what I expected from this book, but not this! You know the type of thriller that you have to reread a page just to make sure you read it right?! THIS is that book! The twists were so crazy and the final one was so unexpected for me! ❤️ Two twin sisters.......a whole bunch of money at stake...what could go wrong? ALOT...that's what. Summer and Iris appear to be the best twinnies ever! Except there has always been an underlyin Wow!!! Just wow!!! How on earth is this a debut?! I certainly don't know what I expected from this book, but not this! You know the type of thriller that you have to reread a page just to make sure you read it right?! THIS is that book! The twists were so crazy and the final one was so unexpected for me! ❤️ Two twin sisters.......a whole bunch of money at stake...what could go wrong? ALOT...that's what. Summer and Iris appear to be the best twinnies ever! Except there has always been an underlying jealously. Summer always seemed to have life just a little better. Or so Iris thought. Summer has the perfect husband, money, a yacht. She even has an adorable stepson....Iris has...none of that. Hmmm jealous much?! This is such a fast paced read, I literally raced through this in less than a day. It kept me glued to the pages. I kept thinking that I was the clever one and I had it all figured out. It seemed so obvious........but I was wrong. The ending was so quick and stunning that I reread the last couple of pages because I just could not believe what I read. Huge shoutout to Denise for her stellar review that "made" me choose this for my BOTM pick! I highly recommend this one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    2.5 Stars I'm still somewhat new to the thriller genre, so remember my thoughts are from the perspective of a thriller-newbie and not a thriller-connoisseur. But let's begin... The first third of this book was straight up boring as hell. Seriously though. Sometimes I thought I was reading a manual on yachts and sailing the open seas. I mean, I get that it's an author's goal to flesh out the world, etc., but there's fleshing out and there's info dumping. Now, I later read in the author biography at 2.5 Stars I'm still somewhat new to the thriller genre, so remember my thoughts are from the perspective of a thriller-newbie and not a thriller-connoisseur. But let's begin... The first third of this book was straight up boring as hell. Seriously though. Sometimes I thought I was reading a manual on yachts and sailing the open seas. I mean, I get that it's an author's goal to flesh out the world, etc., but there's fleshing out and there's info dumping. Now, I later read in the author biography at the end that Carlyle is quite the yachtsman herself. Which is great. Her passion and love for sailing, yachting - whatever nautical terminology is correct here - was very evident. And kudos to her. I always admire when someone has a really cool hobby or passion....however...I could also give a shite about rigging and sails and all the other minute yachting details Carlyle threw in this book. It really bogged down the pace of the first third of the story and I was thisclose to DNF-ing. Thankfully, things picked up once we finally got off the damned boat and the story pretty much flew from there. I saw the twists and turns coming for the most part, but I still got to enjoy a couple "a-ha" moments that made the story worth it. And that ending will definitely stick with me. All in all, I enjoyed this book and probably would have rated it higher if not for the slog of a beginning.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JanB

    Iris and Summer are identical twins, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. One is nice, one not so much. One has it all while nothing ever works out for the other one. Yet, when Summer calls on Iris to help her pilot her yacht from Thailand to Seychelles, Iris comes to her aid. As expected, things go horribly wrong. Jealousies, insecurities and a race for an inheritance drive the plot forward. It’s a twisty ride to an explosive ending. This was a buddy read with Marialyce, and a st Iris and Summer are identical twins, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. One is nice, one not so much. One has it all while nothing ever works out for the other one. Yet, when Summer calls on Iris to help her pilot her yacht from Thailand to Seychelles, Iris comes to her aid. As expected, things go horribly wrong. Jealousies, insecurities and a race for an inheritance drive the plot forward. It’s a twisty ride to an explosive ending. This was a buddy read with Marialyce, and a story that disappointed both of us. I’m tiring of the evil twin/good twin (or sister) trope. The beginning was slow with a lot of sailing and technical lingo. By the time someone dies I was ready to kill them myself just to get the story off the ground. This is pure Lifetime movie escapism and a book to throw in the beach bag. Recommended for thriller fans who can set aside their disbelief and don’t mind predictable twists you can see coming a mile away. There simply wasn’t enough here to elevate the story above an average rating. 2.5 stars For our duo review of this book and others please visit https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    "The girl in the mirror is miserable, but at least she's real." The story is all about these mirror twin sisters, Summer and Iris Carmichael. Yes, you read it right. Mirror twins! I didn't even know this concept existed until I read this book. Summer is the golden girl and her heart and internal organs are in the right place. Iris, on the other hand, the cynical and boring twin. As the mirror twin of Summer, her heart and internal organs are in the wrong places. At present, Summer has the per "The girl in the mirror is miserable, but at least she's real." The story is all about these mirror twin sisters, Summer and Iris Carmichael. Yes, you read it right. Mirror twins! I didn't even know this concept existed until I read this book. Summer is the golden girl and her heart and internal organs are in the right place. Iris, on the other hand, the cynical and boring twin. As the mirror twin of Summer, her heart and internal organs are in the wrong places. At present, Summer has the perfect husband with an adorable stepson in a breathtaking getaway. During their vacation, she calls Iris for help in which the latter accepted. For Iris, it is time to navigate within Summer's world. Again. Rose Carlyle's The Girl in the Mirror was exciting, thrilling and little bit tropey. It was quite ridiculous too but at the same time I didn't really complain because everything was pulled off correctly. The characters were for me the biggest and most positive thing in this book. They were flawed and highly entertaining. They seemed real to me at times especially how Iris feels for her sister. If you have a sibling, you would know! Why the four stars? The present plot barely moved in like the 40% of the story. Also, I got bombarded with all these backstories and technicalities when it comes to sailing. I could live with former because backstories with this tension between twins will never get old for me. The latter, however, not so much. I'm used to characters sailing from time to time in books but I'm not used to characters sailing in a highly detailed manner.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    For me this was a slow burn and by the end, I was so happy I stuck with it and couldn't believe that I almost gave it up! Midway through, I wasn't super enjoying it and it was verging on a 2.5 star, but the last half drew me in so much more! I couldn't put it down to go to sleep😨 By the end of the book, it was almost going too fast, things were happening so rapidly and my rating kept climbing! Iris and Summer are mirror twins (cool that it is an actual thing, I love when a book teaches me a littl For me this was a slow burn and by the end, I was so happy I stuck with it and couldn't believe that I almost gave it up! Midway through, I wasn't super enjoying it and it was verging on a 2.5 star, but the last half drew me in so much more! I couldn't put it down to go to sleep😨 By the end of the book, it was almost going too fast, things were happening so rapidly and my rating kept climbing! Iris and Summer are mirror twins (cool that it is an actual thing, I love when a book teaches me a little something) so, they are very close to identical but actually are a mirror of each other. Iris heads to Thailand to help her sister and brother in law sail their yacht home. . Oh, did I mention that there is a multi million dollar inheritance up for grabs? The first one to birth a baby gets it all. That's all I'm going to give you of the plot, I think its much better experienced blind.. But I will say that this is a stressful read up until the end. I raced to finish it, so vested in the characters. It was a realllly suspenseful family drama. Some of the things I didn't like: The extremely slow start.. I wanted the story to get moving already The yachting descriptions.. maybe if you are like really into boating this would be gripping for you? But again, I wanted it to move along.. The lack of deep development of the secondary characters although this could have been on purpose? The believability of some of the small details.. advice: when you find yourself saying, "that's not realistic" or "that wouldn't work/go like that" silence your little internal voice and keep reading!! This was not a realistic one but I was able to let it go (pretty much🙄) The dialogue was a bit cringe Ok, I know that sounds like a lot ^ but this was still a 4 ⭐ and that means I had to really like it so.. Things I liked: Iris as a potentially unreliable narrator The plot The suspense!! The settings, whether on the water or islands, rich descriptions The anxiety.. I felt stress in my stomach at one point, it was so twisted. So a bit of a mixed bag of a review🤷🏼‍♀️ sorry! but the last 1/3 of the book brought it's stars up huge and I would + recommend you have a look at the girl in the mirror👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏼

  9. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    ⭐ 3.5 mo' money, mo' problems Stars ⭐ The Girl In The Mirror has all the necessary ingredients that make a good thriller and I was entertained throughout. However, too many implausible scenarios and story threads that were never resolved are preventing me from rounding up. ⭐ 3.5 mo' money, mo' problems Stars ⭐ The Girl In The Mirror has all the necessary ingredients that make a good thriller and I was entertained throughout. However, too many implausible scenarios and story threads that were never resolved are preventing me from rounding up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a thriller that I DNF after reading over 50% of the book. This book is my October pick for my Book of the Month. This book was just not for me I tried hard to get into this book, and I just could not get into this book. I think the writing style was just not for me. I also did not love or care about any of the characters. (*) https://www.mybotm.com/zr12wnytgc8?sh... This is a thriller that I DNF after reading over 50% of the book. This book is my October pick for my Book of the Month. This book was just not for me I tried hard to get into this book, and I just could not get into this book. I think the writing style was just not for me. I also did not love or care about any of the characters. (*) https://www.mybotm.com/zr12wnytgc8?sh...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    The Girl in the Mirror is deceitful and dramatic. At the request of her twin sister, Iris joins Summer in Thailand to help her with an extended sailing trip on the family yacht. Iris has always been jealous of Summer’s seemingly perfect life. Though neither of them vocalize it, there’s an underlying tension between the twins. When Iris wakes up alone in the middle of the ocean to find Summer gone, she panics, fearing the worst: Her sister has died. She searches but accepts this outcome and decid The Girl in the Mirror is deceitful and dramatic. At the request of her twin sister, Iris joins Summer in Thailand to help her with an extended sailing trip on the family yacht. Iris has always been jealous of Summer’s seemingly perfect life. Though neither of them vocalize it, there’s an underlying tension between the twins. When Iris wakes up alone in the middle of the ocean to find Summer gone, she panics, fearing the worst: Her sister has died. She searches but accepts this outcome and decides upon arriving to Seychelles, she will pretend to be Summer instead of Iris, taking over the life she’s coveted for so long — Wife to Adam, owner of the yacht, and mother-to-be. Her mood shifts between elation and paranoia, constantly worried her secret will be exposed. I read several mixed reviews for The Girl in the Mirror prior to reading it myself and was curious to see how I’d feel about the story. While it was a bit far-fetched and I didn’t love the characters, I stayed intrigued as the story progressed. It was a twisty ride — I predicted one major element but also had to read the last page twice to confirm I was reading it correctly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS!! 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 f SPOILERS!! 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 MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  13. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Daaaamn this book made me so anxious. I hate lying. Lying makes me nervous. Liars always get found out. ALWAYS. But this concept fascinates me. It's similar to the plot of that TV show with Sarah Michelle Gellar that got axed, leaving me without a conclusion. So it was nice to get some closure through this story. But still. It was close to agony living through this story. The blurb sums up the first third of the book, which is something that frustrates me a little but it also allows you to hang in the Daaaamn this book made me so anxious. I hate lying. Lying makes me nervous. Liars always get found out. ALWAYS. But this concept fascinates me. It's similar to the plot of that TV show with Sarah Michelle Gellar that got axed, leaving me without a conclusion. So it was nice to get some closure through this story. But still. It was close to agony living through this story. The blurb sums up the first third of the book, which is something that frustrates me a little but it also allows you to hang in there for the boring first 100-odd pages while rebel sister Iris goes sailing with perfect sister Summer and then loses her to the sea. Now Iris - who has been living in the shadow of her perfect twin all her life - is faced with the opportunity of stepping into that very same perfect life. Look, I should have known from that blurb that it'd make me uncomfortable, but the lies upon lies really made me nauseous. I don't know why it gets me so much! Just the thought of the humiliation and pain that will come from being exposed in the lie ... it does something to me. I don't want that for anyone - especially not a character like Iris who I tragically related to so much. She's the one who's considered a bit of a rebel, the black sheep of the family, and she's cynical and ruthless and totally awkward with kids but at the same time she actually just wants to be loved as much as her twin is. I loved the way Iris was written, because she has some very clear flaws and is a bit of a lost soul but somehow I still felt drawn to her. You can feel how much she's hurting, and you can tell all the bluster about nice people being idiots is just a false layer to cover how much it hurts that her twin is preferred by everyone. The story is twisted, and damn near broke my heart so many times. But all the lies and false pretences make it such a wild, thrilling ride, and you know it's all going to end badly but you can't help but keep reading anyway. It really did make me anxious lol. The twists are unreal though so if you love a good twisty thriller you'll eat this right up. Once you get over the mildly dull start that sets it all up, you won't be able to put it down. This is an intelligent, anxiety-inducing thriller that I highly recommend. You will be on the edge of your seat til the very last page. With thanks to A&U for a copy

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Avian

    Rape, incest and a ridiculous scheme to win an inheritance. There wasn’t even one likeable character in the whole book. Every plot twist was so far-fetched, unrealistic and it just kept getting more absurd. The ending was so very melodramatic and annoying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the bat$h!t craziest thriller of them all? Gone Girl, you were the craziest here so true, but The Girl in the Mirror is a thousand times nuttier than you. OK, maybe not a thousand times, and maybe (for sure) Gone Girl isn’t the most bat$h!t, but you get the point. The Girl in the Mirror is one of those books that makes you wonder if “suspense” is short for “suspens…ion of disbelief,” but you’re turning the pages so fast you don’t really care. The plot twists are Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the bat$h!t craziest thriller of them all? Gone Girl, you were the craziest here so true, but The Girl in the Mirror is a thousand times nuttier than you. OK, maybe not a thousand times, and maybe (for sure) Gone Girl isn’t the most bat$h!t, but you get the point. The Girl in the Mirror is one of those books that makes you wonder if “suspense” is short for “suspens…ion of disbelief,” but you’re turning the pages so fast you don’t really care. The plot twists are not hard to spot, the climax ends the lamest way possible, and the writing is merely fine. But did I stay up until 2am finishing this story about twins, a yacht, and a ridiculous race to get pregnant to claim an inheritance? I sure did. This is one I'll be thinking about for awhile, and I'll definitely be first in line for the author's next thriller. Maybe a sequel??? If you do decide to add this to your list, do me a favor though and skip the synopsis. It’s very spoilery. Bad, synopsis, bad! I received an advance digital copy for review from William Morrow Books via NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kay Crowley

    Well, if that got published then there’s hope for high school students everywhere.....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Yes, yes, yes!! I love when a book takes me utterly by surprise and blows me away, and The Girl in the Mirror did just that! I don't even remember where I picked up this ARC, but I was on vacation and started in on my mountain of TBR books and thought this one sounded intriguing. Intriguing is just the start - not to mention, a clever, dark, twisted, pulsating, and just plain crazy plot involving identical twins, an inheritance, and a yacht chock full of secrets. Twin sisters Iris and Summer are Yes, yes, yes!! I love when a book takes me utterly by surprise and blows me away, and The Girl in the Mirror did just that! I don't even remember where I picked up this ARC, but I was on vacation and started in on my mountain of TBR books and thought this one sounded intriguing. Intriguing is just the start - not to mention, a clever, dark, twisted, pulsating, and just plain crazy plot involving identical twins, an inheritance, and a yacht chock full of secrets. Twin sisters Iris and Summer are identical - not even their mother can tell them apart (although can that really be so?!) - but beyond what the eye can see lies an inherent darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of big-hearted Summer and her seemingly never-ending good fortune, including landing the perfect husband, Adam. Iris's life is in a downward spiral when gets a frantic call to come to Thailand to help her brother-in-law sail the family yacht back to friendlier waters. She can't help but fantasize of what might happen on the journey with Adam, but when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. In the blink of an eye, Iris gets her chance to take what she’s always wanted – but in seizing her opportunity, she must take big risks to ensure that the boat forever holds its secrets. I've read so many thrillers about identical twins and to be honest, I'm not always a big fan of them, but this one changed my mind! I don't want to give anything away, because it's definitely better to go in blind, but the twists and red herrings are very cleverly done, and I couldn't put it down until I inhaled every last page. Even when I ultimately saw some things coming, the "how" in getting there was still surprising and enjoyable (in a twisted thriller kind of way!). Overall, an amazing debut. I would normally knock off a star for a few too many "boat terms," but this one is so different in other ways - part thriller, part mystery, and part race to a prize - that in the end, the overabundance of boat terminology didn't even bother me. If you can suspend just an ounce of belief and let yourself go, you'll love this super crazy, roller-coaster thriller! All the stars for me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    What the what? This book is a trip. Iris and Summer are identical twins, yet Summer is the charismatic one, the nice one and even the more beautiful one. Everyone is drawn to her and it's always a competition where Iris ends up in second place. The twins set sail for a multi day trip when one morning Iris wakes up alone, no idea where Summer is. When she finally makes it back to land, Iris allows Adam, Summer's husband, to assume she's Summer. What follows is a never ending web of lies that culmin What the what? This book is a trip. Iris and Summer are identical twins, yet Summer is the charismatic one, the nice one and even the more beautiful one. Everyone is drawn to her and it's always a competition where Iris ends up in second place. The twins set sail for a multi day trip when one morning Iris wakes up alone, no idea where Summer is. When she finally makes it back to land, Iris allows Adam, Summer's husband, to assume she's Summer. What follows is a never ending web of lies that culminates in an epic twist. Did I see the twist coming? Yes, to a degree. Did the ending render me speechless, it damn well did. The reason this isn't getting 5 stars is it took me a while to really connect with the writing and there was far too much sailing talk. For a land based person in the Midwest, it just went over my head. But seriously 😱

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin (from Long Island, NY)

    Wow, wow, wow! This is 1 of those books that’s so good, it makes me question other 5 stars I’ve given! Like if those were 5, then this must be 5++! I loved this book! From the first page to the last! Enjoyed it way more than so much I’ve read lately.. And!! I whole heartedly recommend the audio! The voices were spot-on & definitely added to my experience of this 1! 1 of my favorites of the year.. I LOVED this!! (& it’s a debut?? So excited for whatever’s coming next!)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Identical twins Iris and Summer had one difference and it was all on the inside. Sweet Summer; insecure Iris – but when their father died, the conditions of his will were shattering to the whole family. Wives, stepmothers, children – was it to be a race to claim the inheritance? When Summer called Iris, desperate for her help in sailing Bathsheba from Thailand to the Seychelles, she didn’t hesitate. But during the journey, with Summer’s husband Adam behind in Thailand with his son Tarquin, Iris Identical twins Iris and Summer had one difference and it was all on the inside. Sweet Summer; insecure Iris – but when their father died, the conditions of his will were shattering to the whole family. Wives, stepmothers, children – was it to be a race to claim the inheritance? When Summer called Iris, desperate for her help in sailing Bathsheba from Thailand to the Seychelles, she didn’t hesitate. But during the journey, with Summer’s husband Adam behind in Thailand with his son Tarquin, Iris revelled in the experience. She loved sailing, was her father’s daughter in that respect while Summer wasn’t the best sailor. When tragedy occurred in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a shocked and distraught Iris continued on, sailing solo to the Seychelles, the temptation however was strong. But could she carry it off? Would she tell the truth or not? The Girl in the Mirror is the debut novel by Aussie author Rose Carlyle and it’s a psychological thriller with bite! Twisty, intriguing, with plenty of hints and clues along the way, the ending was pretty shocking. The twins were both conniving little witches in their own ways, with brother Ben being the only innocent victim in the whole scenario. I’m not really sure how I feel about the book, but I know it made me feel uncomfortable in places. Recommended to fans of the genre. With thanks to Allen & Unwin AU for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    4.5 rounded up to 5 since Goodreads and BookBub won't let me do half stars. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle is OUT OF CONTROL, and I fully mean that in the best way possible. This debut novel has an ending that will blow you away, and I literally had to reread the last two pages about three times because I could NOT wrap my head around what I had just read. You do have to suspend some disbelief, but if you can do that it is so worth it to read this. It would also be helpful to do it as a b 4.5 rounded up to 5 since Goodreads and BookBub won't let me do half stars. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle is OUT OF CONTROL, and I fully mean that in the best way possible. This debut novel has an ending that will blow you away, and I literally had to reread the last two pages about three times because I could NOT wrap my head around what I had just read. You do have to suspend some disbelief, but if you can do that it is so worth it to read this. It would also be helpful to do it as a buddy read since there is no way you can't discuss the ending. Frankly, I just need a conversation with the author right now! This was a crazy fast read, and totally bingeable if you are looking for something you can read in one sitting. I was a little lost with the sailing terms, but I ended up not even caring because the end made everything worth it. The Girl in the Mirror is a great one to go into blind (as I feel most books are), so I don't want to say too much about it. Just know, it is super twisty and will have you racing to the end!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Wow, this book took me completely by surprise! This a fantastic and twisty psychological thriller that I could not get enough of. Highly recommend. I suggest going into this one fairly blind so I will not go into the story too much. It is the story of twins Iris and Summer. Iris has always been jealous of her twin who seems to have the best of everything. She is newly married and her husband seems to be perfect. But she loves her sister and when Summer calls and asks for her help she drops every Wow, this book took me completely by surprise! This a fantastic and twisty psychological thriller that I could not get enough of. Highly recommend. I suggest going into this one fairly blind so I will not go into the story too much. It is the story of twins Iris and Summer. Iris has always been jealous of her twin who seems to have the best of everything. She is newly married and her husband seems to be perfect. But she loves her sister and when Summer calls and asks for her help she drops everything and heads to Thailand to help bring the family yacht to the Seychelles. But when she ends up alone in the middle of the ocean she makes a decision that could change her life. The ending of this book will shock you! It was so good. Thanks to Allen and Unwin for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Book of the Month

    Why I love it by Megan Goldin On the day my novel The Night Swim was released back in August, the city where I live in Australia was put under the toughest lockdown in the world. So it was a wonderful escape to immerse myself in the pages of The Girl in the Mirror and travel vicariously through its characters—from the beaches of tropical northern Australia, to the translucent Andaman Sea in Thailand (one of my favorite travel destinations), all the way to the Seychelles. But if luxurious travel alo Why I love it by Megan Goldin On the day my novel The Night Swim was released back in August, the city where I live in Australia was put under the toughest lockdown in the world. So it was a wonderful escape to immerse myself in the pages of The Girl in the Mirror and travel vicariously through its characters—from the beaches of tropical northern Australia, to the translucent Andaman Sea in Thailand (one of my favorite travel destinations), all the way to the Seychelles. But if luxurious travel alone isn't enough to make you snag this book, then let's talk about the plot. Identical twin sisters Iris and Summer are mirror images of each other, but while Iris has no marriage prospects, Summer has a gorgeous (not to mention wealthy) husband. When Summer disappears in a freak yachting accident, Iris poses as her sister by pretending that she (Iris) was the twin who had gone overboard. Why? Because their millionaire father has offered his $100 million inheritance to the first married daughter to produce an heir. And now, living as Summer, Iris is one step closer. Throw into the mix a too-good-to-be-true husband with unexpected sexual fetishes and a missing person case on the high seas, and you have all the ingredients of a twisted and compulsively readable domestic suspense story. When reality gets you down, a jet-setting thriller is the ultimate escape, and that’s why I loved this novel. Read more at: https://bookofthemonth.com/the-girl-i...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    2.5 stars It seems as if twin stories are in this year or what's left of it! This story of twin identical girls Iris and Summer is no exception to the twin routine. One is a self-assured gorgeous twin, while the other wallows in self-pity and believes herself to be the ugly twin. Say what? It's definitely weird how the story is constructed and chances are you will figure all of it before the last page is turned. The implausible situations set the story up for a kind of ho-hum read and the more I 2.5 stars It seems as if twin stories are in this year or what's left of it! This story of twin identical girls Iris and Summer is no exception to the twin routine. One is a self-assured gorgeous twin, while the other wallows in self-pity and believes herself to be the ugly twin. Say what? It's definitely weird how the story is constructed and chances are you will figure all of it before the last page is turned. The implausible situations set the story up for a kind of ho-hum read and the more I thought about the story, the less I liked it. I do realize this was a debut author, but between the writing and a bevy of unlikable characters, this book was just not for me. Jan and I shared our opinions on this one and this one lost its appeal pretty quickly. Maybe the both of us are using our Nancy Drew gene or could it be our Sherlock Holmes gene, for we figured out this story very early on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Veronica ⭐️

    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... I loved this tale of deception and greed. Iris has always felt as if she can never be as beautiful or as kind as her twin, Summer. Everyone loved Summer and she had everything Iris didn’t. Summer had the perfect life Iris always dreamed of. A chance comes where Iris can make Summer’s life her own. Will she take it? “Summer is an it girl, a blonde bombshell. And I am her mirror.” The story is told in the first person by Iris and the first part of her narrati *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... I loved this tale of deception and greed. Iris has always felt as if she can never be as beautiful or as kind as her twin, Summer. Everyone loved Summer and she had everything Iris didn’t. Summer had the perfect life Iris always dreamed of. A chance comes where Iris can make Summer’s life her own. Will she take it? “Summer is an it girl, a blonde bombshell. And I am her mirror.” The story is told in the first person by Iris and the first part of her narration does elicit sympathy but when her chance comes to take Summer’s life a different Iris emerges, callous and calculating, and I started to wonder which was the true Iris. I loved this gripping tale of identical twins. I like to try and guess what the outcome will be but this story had me fooled. It was full of twists I didn’t see coming. The ending killed me and I’m still pondering it days later. I read this in two days. Fast-paced, atmospheric and haunting The Girl in the Mirror is totally addictive! I’m looking forward to more from Rose Carlyle. *I received a copy form the publisher

  26. 5 out of 5

    Max

    If you did enjoy The Girl In The Mirror, I strongly recommendHe Started It! I haven't stopped thinking about it since July and both are similar in style. I'll just say it... The Girl in the Mirror was basic. It felt to me like somebody just finished Gone Girl and was watching some Parent Trap before writing this. And I was a little bit disappointed because usually, I expect a more "original" book from BOTM. But I understand they were in high necessity of thrillers for October. The premise of this If you did enjoy The Girl In The Mirror, I strongly recommendHe Started It! I haven't stopped thinking about it since July and both are similar in style. I'll just say it... The Girl in the Mirror was basic. It felt to me like somebody just finished Gone Girl and was watching some Parent Trap before writing this. And I was a little bit disappointed because usually, I expect a more "original" book from BOTM. But I understand they were in high necessity of thrillers for October. The premise of this book sounds familiar, and you'll probably expect everything that's coming from a mile away from a character arc perspective. I do think there are better thrillers than this, I think I was just looking forward to something better conceptually. But sadly, it failed to impress.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur

    ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ The Girl in the Mirror is an edge of your seat psychological thriller! It’s also a debut novel by Rose Carlyle. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for Rose's next release that’s for sure! The story explores sibling rivalry to a dangerous level. Identical twins Iris and Summer are the mirror image of each other but there is an evil darkness inside one of them. 'Mirror image’ twins happens when the split occurs late - more than a week after conception - the twins can develop reverse as ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ The Girl in the Mirror is an edge of your seat psychological thriller! It’s also a debut novel by Rose Carlyle. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for Rose's next release that’s for sure! The story explores sibling rivalry to a dangerous level. Identical twins Iris and Summer are the mirror image of each other but there is an evil darkness inside one of them. 'Mirror image’ twins happens when the split occurs late - more than a week after conception - the twins can develop reverse asymmetric features. A day later and Iris and Summer would of been conjoined twins, perhaps sharing major organs and a life shackled together. The locations are exotic and will transport you to Seychelles, Thailand and aboard Summer’s yacht in the Indian ocean. Iris has always been envious of her twin Summer’s life, including her wealthy and charismatic husband Adam. Summer is easy going, perfect and popular but Iris would do anything for Summer who she loves dearly....and that’s how the story begins, Iris is called to Thailand to help sail Summer and Adam’s yacht to Seychelles due to a medical emergency and finds herself alone in the middle of the ocean. Just what could go wrong when an inheritance is at stake here and greed, lust and jealously are part of the intricate plot? The characters are absolutely entertaining and the story is well written. The last paragraph of the book is jaw dropping and extremely clever, I had to go back and read over the last few pages again to be sure! Loved this addictive book with the finest ending! I would like to thank Allen & Unwin for generously providing me with an advanced copy of the book to read in return for an honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3.5 twin book stars *First, my advice, go into this one blind. DO NOT read the blurb, it gives too much away! This one was a twisty, clever surprise read. Iris and Summer are identical twins that have competed their whole lives. Summer now seems to be living a charmed life, with a gorgeous husband, a stepson, and about to set sail on a months-long voyage on the family yacht. Iris has been struggling to find happiness. Things take a turn though when Summer calls on Iris to help sail the yacht from T 3.5 twin book stars *First, my advice, go into this one blind. DO NOT read the blurb, it gives too much away! This one was a twisty, clever surprise read. Iris and Summer are identical twins that have competed their whole lives. Summer now seems to be living a charmed life, with a gorgeous husband, a stepson, and about to set sail on a months-long voyage on the family yacht. Iris has been struggling to find happiness. Things take a turn though when Summer calls on Iris to help sail the yacht from Thailand to the Seychelles. I don’t want to give much more away, but things don’t go according to plan on the trip and the rest of the book is a rollercoaster thriller. I’m still thinking about the ending to this one. It did seem a bit over the top a few times, but this one was firmly in the escapism realm for me. I felt like I had to finish to find out what would happen and then, that ending! Hang on for the ride! Thank you to Scene of the Crime/William Morrow for the complimentary copy of this one to read and review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    I wonder whether those given advance copies are part of some secret girl lit society that gives reciprocal great reviews to each other. When I ordered the book the rating was close to 4.3 and it’s deservedly making its way down. The NZ media has also played a part in this overegging, I thought we had found our next Ngaio Marsh but on wading through this book to put myself to sleep each night I’m just perplexed at the generosity of reviews. My one star is harsh, just trying to bring the average d I wonder whether those given advance copies are part of some secret girl lit society that gives reciprocal great reviews to each other. When I ordered the book the rating was close to 4.3 and it’s deservedly making its way down. The NZ media has also played a part in this overegging, I thought we had found our next Ngaio Marsh but on wading through this book to put myself to sleep each night I’m just perplexed at the generosity of reviews. My one star is harsh, just trying to bring the average down. I found the plot simultaneously predictable and unbelievable, the pacing was weird with the twists and wrap up all being compressed into the last 5% of the book. The male characters, in particular, were one dimensional.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Authentikate

    If I wrote a review, it would be a rant. I’ll leave it alone with this: from the slow first half, to the unlikable characters, to the unbelievable plot...to the grotesque motivations driving the story, I was left with an eye-rolling, audible groan inducing waste of time. Did that cover it? Ughhhhh

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