Lily loves all things dark and mysterious, so when she discovers a magic mirror in a locked room it’s like a dream come true. Or is it …
With a new friend who needs her help, and an older brother who needs to get a life, Lily will require all eleven fingers at her disposal, plus a hefty slice of Grandad’s chocolate ganache cake, to fix a long-forgotten mystery that’s very close to home.
Lily is spending the holidays with her Grandad, or GG as they all call him, whilst her parents are away for their anniversary. Her Grandma (Nimmy) is in a nursing home and is suffering from dementia. Lily finds this hard to cope with, but she tries her best to understand.
Lily wants to be dark and mysterious. She loves Harry Potter and words. Googling new words is one of her favourite things. With no internet connection at GG’s, she knows that she won’t be able to do that. So what will she do?
She finds herself drawn to the Rosy Room and the mirror within, and when a young girl appears in the mirror and speaks to her, Lily’s holiday really starts to become interesting. She learns the full family history from the Other Lily in the mirror, who turns out to be Nimmy’s twin sister, the girl who disappeared in very mysterious circumstances.
Can Lily bring Nimmy and the Other Lily together one last time?
This is not only a wonderful fantasy read, but it is a story about family support, sibling issues, coping with dementia, loss and love.
Girls in Year 4 and up with thoroughly love this book.
Reviewed by Sam