The Girl in the Mirror: A Novel (Hardcover)
Instant #1 International Bestseller
“Cue greed, lust, secrets, and serious suspense. Count us in.”—theSkimm
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 that yacht?
Only Iris knows . . .
"Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you’ve got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirror—fresh, flavorful, and utterly intoxicating." —AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
About the Author
Rose Carlyle is a law professor who has written intermittently throughout her life and who began writing fiction in 2016. She was awarded first class honours in her creative writing Masters at the University of Auckland and was granted a prestigious mentorship under which she developed and completed this manuscript. She spends her spare time to far-flung places and currently lives in New Zealand. The Girl in the Mirror is her debut novel.
“Rose Carlyle more than holds her own in fiction with this thrilling debut…[Her] expert knowledge of sailing and vivid prose are on stunning display, while her research on twin psychology anchors the plot in reality. By the end, readers will realize they’ve been sailing a course both wildly unpredictable and expertly plotted.”
— Los Angeles Times
“A chilling story of identity and what happens when a person’s self-reality is voluntarily submerged with another’s.”
— New York Journal of Books
“[An] assured debut… The intricate plot builds to a strong finale. Psychological thriller fans are in for a treat.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Riveting from the first page to the last with a final mind-blowing twist that you’ll never see coming!”
— Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Wife Stalker
“Rose Carlyle’s debut psychological suspense The Girl in the Mirror left me gobsmacked. With its exotic setting, incredibly drawn characters, masterfully intricate plot, and an ending I absolutely did not see coming, Carlyle doesn’t just knock the ball out of the park—she sends it flying into the next universe. The Girl in the Mirror is a triumph, one of the best books I’ve read all year.”
— Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter and The Wicked Sister
"Rose Carlyle's The Girl in the Mirror took my breath away, page after page. It has it all: a superbly taut plot. Unforgettable, haunting characters. A setting that will instantly transport you to the lush landscape of the Seychelles. And one of the best endings I've read in a very long time. Bottom line—this book is exactly what we're all craving right now: a delicious, perfect escape."
— Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
"Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you’ve got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirror—fresh, flavorful, and utterly intoxicating."
— AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"A page-turner that’s delightfully over-the-top, shocking, and full of twists, The Girl in the Mirror takes sibling rivalry to the next level. A jaw-dropping debut."
— Stephanie Wrobel, bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold
“As addictive and intoxicating as the perfect martini. Don’t start reading unless you have cancelled all your plans.”
— Sarah Bailey, bestselling author of The Dark Lake and Where the Dead Go
“Immensely entertaining, hugely original, highly recommended. Rose Carlyle takes the reader on a wild ride, across an ocean and into the depths of a family riven by greed, jealousy and subterfuge . . . Like sorbet for the jaded palates of hardcore thriller fans.”
— Chris Hammer, bestselling author of Scrublands and Silver
“A young woman tries to outrun the secrets that her own actions create. The thrill of the chase gathers us up and pulls us through each page to the very last. And in that other game of pursuit, the author matching wits with the reader, Rose Carlyle is always one step ahead. Of The Girl in the Mirror’s many surprises, the biggest is that such an expert psychological thriller, such an addictive ride, could be a debut.”
— Malcom Knox, author of The Life and Bluebird