If you’re in the market for a twisty bit of summer reading, look no further! Take a step into the Mirrorland in this chilling thriller and uncover the secrets that have been long buried…
Huge thanks, as always, go to Dave at The Write Reads for the opportunity to be part of this particularly exciting #UltimateBlogTour!
Blurb: No. 36 Westeryk Road: an imposing flat-stone house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. A place of curving shadows and crumbling grandeur. But it’s what lies under the house that is extraordinary – Mirrorland. A vivid make-believe world that twin sisters Cat and El created as children. A place of escape, but from what?
Now in her thirties, Cat has turned her back on her past. But when she receives news that one sunny morning, El left harbour in her sailboat and never came back, she is forced to return to Westeryk Road; to re-enter a forgotten world of lies, betrayal and danger.
Because El had a plan. She’s left behind a treasure hunt that will unearth long-buried secrets. And to discover the truth, Cat must first confront the reality of her childhood – a childhood that wasn’t nearly as idyllic as she remembers…
Spotlight on Chapters 1-5:
“I wasn’t there when my sister died… I wasn’t anywhere when my sister died. Because she isn’t dead.”
If the first and last lines of chapter one aren’t enough to grab your interest, I’m not sure what will! When Cat’s twin sister, El, disappears in her boat, she travels back home from LA for the first time in twelve years. The old house of Westeryk Road is strangely the same – the grandfather clock ticking away as always and the mysterious third bedroom that she was always warned never to go into still hides in shadow.
I was immediately hooked by a tense and atmospheric prologue, followed quickly by the lines I’ve picked out above. We’re straight away drawn into a world full of secrets, those kept between sisters and perhaps something more sinister all together. One of my favourite things, other than the expertly crafted atmosphere, was our introduction to Cat’s childhood home. Each room has a name, with its own history, cast of characters and delightfully confusing story. We’re given snippets of each one – of the clowns who visit the Clown Cafe, how the girls were terrified of the Tooth Fairy and how there were always stories being told in the Princess Tower. I can’t wait to find out more about these rooms – and what went on inside them – as the story progresses and we decode the mystery of what happened to El.
Because El had a plan, and it’s up to Cat to figure out exactly what that was…
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