Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins
By S.K. Tremayne
Published by Harper Collins UK (29 January 2015)
ISBN: 978-0007459247

Publisher's description
One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone.

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past - what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

My verdict
I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy through NetGalley.

This is a haunting tale of mistaken identity (or it is?).

The Ice Twins is a chilling, sad story of a family torn apart (and haunted) by tragedy, with many mysteries to solve. Is this just a confused little girl or something more sinister? What is the secret that Angus is so desperate to hide? And why is Sarah so fragile and confused about the events that fateful night?

I couldn't put the book down and actually read it in around two hours. This ghostly psychological thriller reminded me of Diane Setterfield's The Thirteen Tale. It is beautifully written, keeping you guessing and wanting more, and I could picture the remote Scottish island and its surroundings. The intrigue began on the first page and continued non-stop until the last. Even the final chapter came as a surprise, to provide a satisfying conclusion.

I could see this being turned into a film or TV one-off drama.

I am intrigued to discover more about the author, as all of the available information about him/her seems to be shrouded in mystery.

One of my favourite books of the year so far.

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