Top positive review
Fantastic thriller... Mind bending but so sad
29 February 2016
The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne is a gripping novel, a ‘real page turner’ but it is a disturbing read.
The story is awful, in the real sense of the word. Identical twins Lydia and Kirstie were the perfect little girls with Lydia being the ‘mummy’s girl’ and Kirstie being the ‘daddies girl’ their family is torn apart when one of the identical twin daughters is killed in a dreadful accident. But that is only the beginning. In a bid to have a ‘fresh’ start and to help settle the living twin, Kirstie; Sarah and Angus Moorcroft pack up their home in London and move to the tiny Scottish Island that was passed through the family to Angus.
Then Kirstie, the surviving twin, starts to insist that she is Lydia and that the twin that died was Kirstie... Is it possible that parents could make such a mistake? They don’t believe it at first, but it soon becomes clear that the story of what happened to the twin they lost is definitely confused and their marriage starts to fall apart rapidly as the background gradually emerges from a mass of suspicions and secrets.
The plot is underpinned with a strong hint of the supernatural. Is the twin who dies haunting her sister? It is difficult to write about The Ice Twins without giving too much away.
The setting is grim and the atmosphere is extremely well created. The characters are flawed but credible. The pace is excellent and the dialogue is skillfully used to create tension and show how the relationships change. It is a fantastic thriller, it was terrifying yet so sad and also emotional it had my head in a spin by the end of it - but I read it in one night because I just had to find out what happened. I have since lent this book to 4 people and they have all been awed and gobsmacked! Read it...
A difficult theme but certainly a memorable book - 5 mind bending stars.
(I was gifted this book by Harper Collins for an honest review).