Book Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

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.
                   The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

 Book Description

 
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 Review

 
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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*All opinions and views expressed are my own. Book description taken from Goodreads for purpose of this review only. I’m a part of the Amazon affiliate scheme so if you click on a link to buy, I receive a little back – so thanks if you do.
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12 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher
    September 2, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Love this book and have read the second book too -thought both were great

  2. March 19, 2016 / 8:12 am

    I don't know if I will read this type of book as I'm more of a romantic and a dreamer kind of reader. I like the idea of reading about twins and their connection not so much about death and creepy situations. I feel really scare. However, after reading your review and see that you gave it 4 out of 5 there must be something good about this book. It might be those books that you just have to give it a go. Thanks so much for sharing this review at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  3. March 16, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    I read this quite a while ago but remember the unnerving feeling & sense of confusion over the twins. I found the end odd from recollection. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  4. March 16, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I read this quite a while ago but remember the unnerving feeling & sense of confusion over the twins. I found the end odd from recollection. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  5. March 14, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I remember reading the blurb last year when Mumsnet had it as one of their book club reads and thinking I'd like to read, but didn't get picked. Sounds great from your review #readwithme

  6. March 14, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Ooh this book sounds good, creepy and page turning. I have heard of it and seen twitter chat about it. I think especially after your review, I will add it to my never ending tbr list. Really good review.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  7. March 14, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Keep forgetting #KCACOLS

  8. March 14, 2016 / 11:59 am

    I read this as part of a reading club. I really enjoyed it and did find it rather creepy.

  9. March 14, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I am intrigued by the book as I've seen it around a bit lately and I actually bought it for my BIL for his birthday.

  10. March 14, 2016 / 10:31 am

    I really enjoyed this book, some great narrative and quite chilling in places! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  11. March 14, 2016 / 9:30 am

    I don't usually read books like this but I want to know how this story ends after reading your review!

    #readwithme

  12. March 14, 2016 / 2:12 am

    Oh wow – sounds like a creepy book… I'm more of a chick lit kind of girl but if I ever feel like reading something a bit more mysterious I might check it out. #KCACOLS

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