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If ever there was a time for pure escapism, this is it.
Addictive, filled with fiendish twists, and so much fun,
The Girl in the Mirror is the perfect distraction from the madness of 2020.




About the book

Sold for a huge advance in the US, currently the subject of an international bidding war for film rights, The Girl in the Mirror is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that already has everyone talking.

Beautiful 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 open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help 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.

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?

Written with the chilling suspense of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl in the Mirror is an addictive thriller about greed, lust, secrets and deadly lies.


Why we love The Girl in the Mirror

The Girl in the Mirror is an absolute firecracker of a thriller. Publishers often overuse the expression “page turning”, but this is the 100% genuine article. It twists and turns to the very last page. Cancel your appointments, turn off your phone and start reading.’—Tom Gilliatt, Publishing Director

‘Deliciously subversive, with one of the most compelling narrators in years, filled with jaw-dropping surprises and extraordinary characters and settings, The Girl in the Mirror is pure reading pleasure. It’s little wonder this stunning novel received a huge US offer and intense Hollywood interest (watch this space!). I defy anyone to start it and not be hooked. The Girl in the Mirror will take your breath away.’—Jane Palfreyman, Publisher

The Girl in the Mirror is so good that I read it in one enthralled sitting. The combination of page-turning plot, dangerously flawed but compelling characters and incredible locations creates a riveting thriller that rockets along until its truly shocking finale.’—Robert Gorman, CEO

‘Unputdownable doesn’t even begin to explain how this novel grabs you and won’t let go. Cancel everything! You’re about to read a book you won’t want to put down until the very last page.’—Matt Hoy, Sales Director

‘Wow! Just had to keep reading to find out what happens. Can you all please read it so we can discuss!’—Fleur Hamilton, Marketing Director

‘I read it in two sittings, only because I had to tear myself away for a family dinner but then I came back at two in the morning to finish it. What a whirlwind of a novel. Great plot, which hurtles along at an unrelenting pace and comes to a screeching halt while your heart’s still in your mouth.’—Tina Gitsas, Business Development Manager

‘Set in a glamorous world where greed and envy rule, The Girl in the Mirror is a dark and twisty delight that’s not just compelling but a whole lot of fun. But brace yourself—you’re about to get blindsided just when you think you’ve got it all figured out.’—Sarah Barrett, Senior Marketing Manager

‘I guarantee you’ll read this one twice—first to know what Iris did, then to know how Rose did it.’—Angela Handley, Editorial Manager


About the author

Rose Carlyle is a lawyer and keen adventurer. She has crewed on scientific yachting expeditions to subantarctic islands and lived aboard her own yacht in the Indian Ocean for a year, sailing it from Thailand to South Africa via the Seychelles. Rose was a Michael King Writer in Residence in 2020. She lives in Auckland with her three children. The Girl in the Mirror is her first novel.


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Read the first chapters of The Girl in the Mirror here


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