The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are identical, but underneath there lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris is envious of open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam. When they call Iris to Thailand to help sail the family yacht, Iris has her own secret hopes for the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the ocean, everything changes. Now is her chance to take what she’s always wanted – the idyllic life she’s always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she’s dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?
I’m seeing very mixed reviews for this one, and I get why. On the one hand, it’s an interesting psychological thriller that makes almost addictive reading. On the other, the storyline is completely unbelievable and dramatic in so many aspects that there is no way you can imagine it happening. I was doing alright until I came to the word “sexyrape”, at which point I had to literally put the book down and text a friend the sentence that word was in; I can only hope I never hear that particular word ever again because…just no. Despite the fact that the storyline is one utterly improbable event after another, I found it really compelling reading. All of the lies, the secrets, the twists; it was like a dark soap opera. And if that’s what you are in the mood for, I would recommend this book for sure! I was looking for a book that would distract me from reality, and this certainly achieved that. This is the first novel from this author, and I’m intrigued to see what comes next!