Book Review: The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman

April 27, 2016 Book review 7 ★★★

When I heard that the premise of The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman is of a young woman waking up in hospital with no memory of just who she is, I felt intrigued and wanted to know more. Books about memory and memory loss have become a bit of cliché in recent years but I’m fascinated by them as the possibility of other people implanting false memories in your head is such a terrifying thought.


Book Review: The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen HarrymanThe Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman
Published by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. on February 29th 2016
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 190
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received from Publisher

The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman is a suspenseful thriller that you won't be able to put down. A beautiful lady wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is or anything about her life. Her life is a blank.
Liam is there when she wakes up and says she is his wife, Kate. He is attractive, well dressed and obviously very wealthy. However, something makes her distrust him. Why are his eyes so cold? And why doesn't she remember him?
As Kate is taken home to her luxury mansion and discovers what her life is like with the controlling Liam, she finds her ordeal is only just beginning. Then her memory starts to come back and the truth emerges... This is a truly exciting tale of subterfuge, mystery, mistaken identity and true love.

CRIME From the TBR pile suspense


First Line of The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman:

“I woke to the clinical smell of detergent,”


My Thoughts on The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman:

I liked this one but had some issues with it too. I really got into the characters and they were what kept me hooked throughout the book. Kate is very likeable and I loved how strong and determined she was to stick to her values. As much as I admired Kate, I disliked her husband Liam with an equal intensity. He was manipulative and cruel but Kate’s honesty and integrity were a perfect balance to this.

I did feel that Liam was maybe a bit too cartoon villain-like and I would have liked more explanation as to why he was that way. He was also crude in his thoughts and language (which didn’t bother me as it fit his character). There are other characters who are central to the plot (and equally interesting) however I can’t really talk about them as it is spoilery. But all together they made up a diverse and entertaining cast.

The plot was a tense one and I found I was reading quickly just to see how it would all come together. However I had to allow a lot of poetic licence to get behind the plot. It all seemed implausible and in particular some choices that Kate made towards the end of the book had me questioning if I really believed she would make those choices.

If I ignore those issues though and just focused on enjoying the story for what it was, it worked for me. It was well-paced and it didn’t string out the suspense as you knew from the different perspectives why it was happening but I still felt like it was a book that I wanted to keep reading as I needed to see it all play out.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman?

I’d recommend this to you if you like books about amnesia and character driven books. It didn’t have the same sparkle that Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson had for me but I still think if you enjoyed that book that you might like this one too.


Talk to Trish:  Do you like books about memory loss?  What is your favourite one?



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7 Responses to “Book Review: The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman”

    • trish

      I know Katherine, so terrifying! I can’t even imagine losing my memory and the whole concept of whether you would be a different person without your memories is such a head wreck! I’m fascinated by the subject but only in books, hopefully it’s something I’ll never have to think about in real life. I think I have trouble suspending belief so that held back my enjoyment a bit, but I still enjoyed it.

    • trish

      Kate was so interesting and for reasons that I can’t go into for fear of spoilers so was another character. Especially the connection between them!

  1. Dawn OBrien

    this sounds really intriguing….I’m reading what Alice forgot by liane moriarty at the moment!

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