Book Review - The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle


I finished reading this thriller a few days ago, and I’m still thinking about it! The story surrounds Summer and Iris: mirror twins born to a wealthy father. Mirror twins are not identical, but rather one twin is the mirror image of the other. In this case Summer is the “original” twin with her heart and other organs on the correct side of her body. Iris’ heart and organs are on the incorrect side. Iris has always perceived herself as being the lesser of the two twins. Summer was the beauty of the family and was anatomically correct. Iris was always just the other one. She even felt her name was an afterthought.

The twin’s father died having left seven children born from several women. In his will, he left $100 million to the first Grandchild born inside a legal marriage. There were no other sums of money left to anyone else. Summer and Iris are the oldest of the seven children and it is assumed that one of them would produce the heir to the fortune. What this book clearly illustrates is what some are capable of doing for the sake of money.

Iris is recently separated from her husband when she is called to Thailand to help Summer and her husband Adam. Adam’s child is very ill in hospital and they need to get their yacht to the Seychelles. So Summer and Iris set sail for the journey but only Iris makes it to the Seychelles. Having always been envious of Summer’s lifestyle, Iris assumes Summer’s identity - after all, she’ll have a much better chance of producing the heir as Adam’s wife and who wouldn’t want this lifestyle anyway? How far she carries this charade is thrilling.

This book is captivating right from the beginning and I enjoyed every moment of reading it. The characters are extremely well developed. For much of the book, I did not like the characters: however, there were moments that I felt my opinion changing. The concept of this “race to produce an heir” is mind-boggling and made me feel like characters were simply selling their souls to the devil. I kept thinking about the twisted man who put his family in this position.

I listened to the audiobook version of the book borrowed from my local library which was narrated by Holly Robinson. While I enjoyed her voice for the female characters, I was disappointed by her version of Adam which I found distracting. This was likely because she was trying to provide a male voice with a French or Seychellois Creole accent which would be a stretch for almost anyone. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x and found this to be the perfect speed for listening.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

28 comments:

  1. Looks interesting. I hadn't heard of it. Thanks

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  2. Ooh, I loved reading your review. This book sounds so interesting! I'll have to give the audiobook a try! :)

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  3. This sounds like a really interesting read and I love the sound of the plot. It's so mysterious x

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  4. I do not particularly like thriller novels, but the premise of this one intrigues me. I just might pick it up myself one day after my exams. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great review! Indeed, the topic of this book seems unique or at least not something very common. I haven't heard about mirror twins until now, interesting. Thank you for reviewing it and sharing it with us!

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  6. I adore a good Thriller and this sounds like a storyline that I could really get into. I'm going to have to get my hands on it so that I can add it to my reading list over the holidays. While most people are super busy over the holiday season, I always make a point of scheduling in more reading time so that I can rest and unwind a bit lol

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    1. That sounds like a perfect plan! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Great review! I don't usually read thrillers but this book sounds exciting! The storyline is so unique and cool! Thank you for sharing this.

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  8. What an awful thing to do to your children

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  9. This sounds absolutely incredible I need to read it! I definitely need to post about what I’m reading more over on my blog! Xx

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  10. This sounds like such a great book! Thanks for sharing your review of it! I will have to check it out!

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  11. This sounds so interesting and so up my street! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love it when a book can stick with you like this one has for you. The plot and characters both sound great. I need to check this one out x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  13. Wow this sounds like a very interesting plot! Are mirror twins a real thing? I can't imagine why the father would make such a weird stipulation on the inheritance! It is true that money makes some people do very crazy things!

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    1. Thanks Clarissa! Yes mirror twins is an actual thing!

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