I have been seeing lots of great reviews around for The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne and I couldn’t wait to read it. There has been lots of adverts around Facebook and Twitter regarding this book for a few months so I thought why not give it a go? I am sure I’m not alone in having a fascination with twins and reading about their strange connections with each other.
A year after one of their twin daughters, Lydia, dies in a terrible accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are on the verge of bankruptcy and make the life-changing decision to move to a tiny Scottish Ireland Angus has inherited from his grandmother. But the move is fraught with difficulty, particularly as the Moorcroft’s surviving daughter, Kirstie, seems to be having a delayed reaction to her twin sister’s death, claiming that she is in fact Lydia and it was Kirstie who died.
As winter encroaches, the fog rolls in, bringing with it a creeping atmosphere of unease. Angus is forced to spend more and more time away from the island for work, Lydia is having trouble making friends at school and Sarah is feeling more and more isolated. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and Kirstie completely stranded and alone, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day her daughter died?
My first thoughts on the book cover was how creepy it looks. The story was very easy to get into and the characters are described in great detail. Angus and Sarah’s life has seemed to have fallen apart after the death of one of their twins Lydia. To make a fresh start Angus moves his wife and surviving twin Kirstie to a remote Scottish Island. Where all is not as it seems here. The cottage they have moved into is barely habitable which makes it much more harder for the family to settle into.
The scene where Kirstie says to Sarah ‘why do you keep calling me Kirstie?’ is particularly unnerving. This began to give me doubts as a reader into what an earth is going on? Which twin died and what is everyone hiding. The book is set around winter time as well to give it a very cold, disturbing feel that will make you want to read it under the covers, or by the fire.
I thought it had a very strange ending and one I didn’t guess whatsoever. This is a perfect read for winter and I recommend to readers who like a creepy twin story or a mysterious Island read.
I have given The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback Edition 384 pages
Published 3rd September 2015 by Harper Collins
You can read a review of S.K Tremayne’s second book here – The Fire Child
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