Rebecca James

‘You’ll be the woman of this house next, miss. And you’ll like it.’


Escaping London after the War, governess Alice Miller takes a job at mysterious Winterbourne Hall. Towering over the Cornish cliffs, its dark corners and tall turrets promise that, if Alice can hide from her ghosts anywhere, it’s here.


Who better to play hide and seek with than twins Constance and Edmund? Angelic and motherless, they are the perfect little companions. But what is the terrible secret they are protecting? And why does their father, the enigmatic Captain de Grey, keep so firmly to the shadows?


Present Day

Adopted at birth, Rachel has never been able to trace her roots. So when a letter brings news of the death of an unknown relative, Rachel travels to Cornwall, vowing to uncover the truth about 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.



I thought it was deliciously sinister in the best way possible- elegantly written, intriguing and hugely atmospheric. When I wasn’t reading it I was dreaming about it! It’s a true page-turner: a perfect setting, a great build up and utterly chilling.

Nicola Cornick
Nicola Cornick

Brilliant, addictive and superbly gripping. I adored It. Rebecca James ramps up the tension from the first page and had me on the edge of my seat with this dark claustrophobic tale of love and obsession. Packed full of suspense and mystery. Yet within the maze of dark secrets and spreading shadows of vengeance lies a tender and moving love story. It haunts me still.

Kate Furnivall
Kate Furnivall

The Woman in the Mirror is a dark treat of a book, steeped in gothic detail and heavy with unease. With shades of Rebecca, The Turn of the Screw and The Woman in Black, it unnerved as much as it compelled me to read on.

Kate Riordan
Kate Riordan

The Woman in the Mirror is a thoroughly transporting tale, both elegantly written and deliciously creepy. With the forbidding house, the relentless ocean, the echoes of past and present, it’s full of tantalising Gothic imagery: I loved it.

Emylia Hall
Emylia Hall



UK Publication

HarperCollins / HQ, 2018

US Publication

St. Martin's Press / Minotaur, 2020

Rights Sales

World English: HarperCollins / HQ
Danish: Gyldendal
Greek: Klidarithmos
Persian: Qoqnoos Publishing
Romanian: RAO