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The Girl in the Mirror (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Rose Carlyle
Rose Carlyle is a mystery author best known for her debut novel The Girl in the Mirror. The talented author is also a lawyer and adventurer. Some of her memorable adventures have been deep in subantarctic islands on yachting expeditions with family and friends. Carlyle has also lived in her yacht, touring the Indian Ocean for a whole year. Her debut novel is centered on twin girls and the dynamics of their relationship. Carlyle says that while there aren’t twins in her immediate family, she has twin uncles and aunties who were so alike she had a hard time telling them apart.

The Girl in the Mirror
This is a chilling story of greed, lust, and deadly lies involving two sisters. Iris and Summer are identical twins with a startling likeness. They are also the true definition of beauties. The girls are so identical that even their mon cannot tell them apart. However, underneath this alikeness is resentments and dark secrets that separate them. Iris is insecure and cynical, and even though she deeply loves her sister, she has always been jealous of her. Summer seems to have a charmed life and her perfect husband, Adam, was just the icing on the cake. There is something about Summer’s charm and big heart that attract other people to her.

When Summer calls Iris to Thailand to help her sail their family’s yacht, Iris is all too happy to help. Iris is a natural sailor, and this is an easy enough task for her. Her life is also on a downward spiral, so there is really nothing to keep her at home. Iris has secret hopes on this journey, and when she finds herself alone deep in the Indian Ocean, another, not so good side of her emerges. The event that happens on the yacht is lifechanging, and the consequences are far-reaching. It is at this point that things start to get interesting. When Iris lands in her destination, she allows Adam to sweep her up, knowing very well that he thinks that she is Summer. Iris goes along with Adam’s mistake, and this gives her the golden life she always wanted.
With her twin gone, Iris is one step ahead of her siblings in getting their manipulative father’s inheritance. The only thing Iris now has to do is be the first of her six siblings to produce an heir. This doesn’t seem like a far-off dream now since Summer is out of the picture, and Adam is all hers. However, everything is not as easy as Iris envisioned. Iris finds that her new world oscillates between a paranoid nightmare and a glamorous dream. She cannot help but wonder how her life will turn out is she is exposed, so she does everything in her power to keep her secrets. So, what else could Iris be hiding from her family? What really happened to Summer?

This is Carlyle’s debut novel, but it is so wonderfully written and reads like a seasoned thriller author does it. She has set the bar so high that anyone who reads this book will be eager to read what she writes next. The book explores twin dynamics and goes beyond the physical to paint the greed, envy, and betrayal that may occur between two people who look alike. While most stories about identical twins focus on their bond, Carlyle shows about another side that is rarely talked about. What happens when one twin seems to be getting it all when the other mirror image in stuck? Can one twin hate the other one enough to do something so selfish and regrettable?

This is a story about deception, hidden truths, greed, seizing opportunities, and fortune grabbing. It is a domestic psychological drama loaded with loads of punch, so much that it will leave you breathless. The story is narrated by Iris in the first person, and while you may sympathize with her in the first chapters, your feelings will change as the story progresses. A callous and calculating Iris emerges when a chance to take her sister’s life appears, and you cannot help but wonder who Iris truly is. Is this the reason why Iris unknowingly pushes people away? Can she manage to fit in Summer’s shoe and fool everyone even though her heart is not as big as her sister’s?

It is easy to assume that you know how the story will end, but the numerous twists and turns along the way will throw you off balance. Let the author whisk you away to exotic destinations where anything can happen, and life can change in a moment. The ending is explosive and will haunt you long after you are done reading this book. You will barely see the last twist coming, and it will change everything you thought about this book. So, will Iris bear the heir to her father’s millions and get the life she wanted? What about Adam, who seems like a victim in all this mess? Will he sense that something is wrong with the woman who is now acting as his wife?

The Girl in the Mirror is a haunting, atmospheric, and fast-paced story that will grab your attention from the first page. Just like a good Martini, the story is intoxicating, and the character’s intriguing. You will find yourself turning the pages, curious to read what happens to Summer and Iris’s life. The author has done a great job of developing the characters, so they sound real, and their issues are reasonable. Identical twins can be envious of each other, and while greed is added to the picture, things can get out of hand, fast. Incase you are looking for a story that will take you by surprise and blow you away, this book is perfect. The book is about 300 pages long, and you may want to clear your weekend to read it. Once you read the first page, you can be sure that there will be no stopping until you have read the book to the end.

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