Title: The Ice Twins
Author: S.K. Tremayne
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: 2015
The story is centred around Angus and Sarah Moorcroft. They recently lost one of their twin daughters to a tragic accident. It is a year on from the event and they decide to make a fresh start by moving from London to the remote Scottish island of Torran which Angus had inherited. By relocating, they hope this will be a fresh start for them all and will prove to be a welcome distraction from the inner turmoil they are experiencing as a family.
Little do they know that relocating is going to unearth a whole host of new revelations, one of them being that they may have potentially mistaken the identity of the twin that died.
As Winter approaches, Angus’ work takes him away from the island more and more. Sarah, meanwhile is left to deal with her remaining twins growing torment about her identity and consequently, Sarah’s sanity is left hanging in the balance.
Meanwhile the reader is left wondering, what happened on the fateful day and which twin really died?
My thoughts: I wanted to like this book, I really did. I have had The Ice Twins on my TBR list for a while now and from the moment I saw the cover and title, I had to have it!!! However, I am afraid to say that this book failed to deliver and I was left feeling frustrated and disappointed.
Psychologically speaking, this book did not draw me in fully. I liked the opening chapters and it was interesting to learn about monozygotic twins. Unfortunately, I found the 150 pages that followed quite boring and tedious resulting in me taking a week to read this far. I did not like the characters of the parents and to be honest found it hard to warm to the one remaining, rather creepy twin.
I found the character of Angus to be dull and at times I just wanted to give Sarah a good shake and tell her to wake up. She seemed rather emotionally distant with her daughter. In fact both parents were so pre-occupied with themselves and their feelings towards each other that is it any wonder that Kirstie or Lydia or whover she was had so many behavioural issues. I would have been more surprised if she had turned out normal.
Although I was disappointed with aspects of the books, I would like to explore the elements of the book which I did enjoy. What I liked about The Ice Twins was that once I got about midway in, the story did pick up in pace and managed to engage me from here. From this point onwards I read the remaining story in under a day.
I was very intrigued about was actually going on and what really happened on the day of the accident. Also I needed to know who actually died and the identity of the surviving twin. I did feel that the author succeeded in creating suspense at this point but feel that this could have been achieved for more of the novel and not just the second half. I just wasn’t feeling it for much of the novel.
The other aspect of the book which I liked was the authors descriptive writing style. The reader really does get a sense of the island, the scenery and the overall atmosphere. There is a palpable eeriness in this book which really does translate.
I also liked the descriptions of Kirstie/Lydia. I got a real sense of both what this little girl looked like and the darkness which enveloped her. She is one creepy little kid and she actually made it into one of my dreams when I was reading this and freaked the hell out of me. So, for all of its flaws this book may have, it succeeded in rattling me which is an achievement in itself.
Despite the fact that this book improved mid-way and managed to suck me in, the ending really did confuse me. I didn’t know if I had interpreted it correctly and thought maybe I had missed some big twist or read it all wrong. There were too many un-answered questions and I felt frustrated by the end.
So for this reason I am giving this book 2.5 STARS. I don’t think I will read another book by this author. I am not sure who I would recommend this to. If you like a ghost story and something with the creep factor, why not give it a shot. If you like to be left wondering at the end of a book, this could be the book for you but I wouldn’t recommend it if you like the conclusion to be wrapped up in a neat little bow.