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Mirror Land Reviews

Mirror Land by Carole Johnstone


Carole Johnstone

Score pending

1 review

Imprint: The Borough Press
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780008361389
3 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
22 Apr 2021

"a page-turning read, but with functional writing and a predictable plot, it’s not really one to linger over"

t is not a bad novel. It whiled away an afternoon. It is, I suppose, a page-turner, because the reader wants to know what the heck was actually happening. It is not a book to linger over. The plot begins with Cat – Catriona – returning to her childhood home at 36 Westeryk Road, which is a typically gothic place. She has come back because her twin sister El has been reported missing at sea and even presumed dead, and her sister and her husband bought the old pile. Being “home” means understanding “home,” and the dark fantasies they enacted there, about pirates, a ghoul called The Tooth Fairy, clowns, and Wild West shoot-outs with their imaginary friends.