February is nominated as the month for women in horror. My choice of horror is the audio version of “The Woman in the Mirror” by Rebecca Jame.
‘You’ll be the woman of this house, next, miss. And you’ll like it.’
Governess Alice Miller loves Winterbourne the moment she sees it. Towering over the Cornish cliffs, its dark corners and tall turrets promise that, if Alice can hide from her ghosts anywhere, it’s here.
And who better to play hide and seek with than twins Constance and Edmund? Angelic and motherless, they are perfect little companions.
Adopted at birth, Rachel’s roots are a mystery. So, when a letter brings news of the death of an unknown relative, Constance de Grey, Rachel travels to Cornwall, vowing to uncover her past.
With each new arrival, something in Winterbourne stirs. It’s hiding in the paintings. It’s sitting on the stairs.
It’s waiting in a mirror, behind a locked door
This is a beautiful, hauntingly moving story, as we are transported between Winterbourne past and present. While the house itself remains still throughout the passing of time, it carefully draws in its victims. For some strange reason, I find myself more freaked by Winterbourne 1947 storyline, the strange happenings, that involve the twins. Alice’s whole outlook changing from a confident young woman to second-guessing herself and gradually being controlled by the past.
The present-day Winterbourne seemed less scary, well until the Mirror turned up again. I’ve yet to finish the book and find out what happened to Alice, what Rachel discovers about herself, her past and her newly found strange relatives. I love the undercurrent of suspense, how the twins are implicated, and the mystery about the house and the dark secret within. Not forgetting the questions surrounding the creepy painting of the young woman. This is a real page-turner, as for audio its difficult to press pause.
I finished the my audiobook “Woman in the Mirror”, wow it had a twist that I was not expecting, scary. But true love is also unearthed in this haunting tale. Then the happy ending, does it really have a happy ending, or like the characters are we pulled in to believing everything is fine,or is it?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, happy reading just don’t sleep with the lights off.