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Book Review: The Ice Twins, S.K Tremayne


Title: The Ice Twins
Author: S.K Tremayne
Publisher: Harper
Release date: September 3rd 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Started: April 5th 2016
Finished: April 8th 2016
Rating: 5/5

Angus and Sarah Moorcroft had it all. He was a successful architect, she worked from home to take care of their beautiful blond and absolutely identical twins, Lydia and Kristie. They all lived in a comfortable house in London. They were happy. The perfect little family.
Then Lydia died.

“The silence is ringing.”

A year later, Angus has lost his job and Sarah is trying her best to keep what’s left of their family together. So when Angus inherits a remote Scottish island from his grandmother, they see it as a sign, a way to start over, free from everything that happened. Things can only get better. Until Kristie starts claiming they got it all wrong, she is Lydia, and that it was Kristie that died.

“I want to close my eyes now, to black the world. But I can’t, because I’m driving. And so I drive on. Questioning the world. Questioning my memory. Questioning reality.”

Everything in this story is spooky, starting with the setting. The island is described as hostile and remote, and the pictures illustrating the paperback version give you a hint of how exactly hostile and remote it can be. As I have never set foot in Scotland, or in an Nordic island, this was a huge help in picturing just how beautiful but lonely the island was. The setting is a key element, if not a character in itself. The writing reflects both the place and the weather; sometimes cutting like a sharp rock, sometimes as cold as the Scottish sea, dark and ominous like a long night on the island.

The chapters alternate between Sarah and Angus. Sarah’s narrative is told from the first person, which left me feeling I was closer to her and her story, while Angus’s perspective from the third person keeps him somehow aloof. The way their versions of the story gets entangled with every chapter helps build up the tension and leaves you trying to connect the dots to get the full account of what has happened and what is going on. The feeling that something is off doesn’t leave you and only gets stronger as the story unfolds. The feelings are raw and the tension between the parents builds up as their remaining daughter tries to claim her true identity. The search for the truth raises many unsettling questions and takes the story through unpredictable twists. The twin’s behavior is creepy, there is no other way to say it. I think I would be as lost as Angus and Sarah if faced with the same situation. The hints left by the author only keep you wondering which daughter is alive and I was pleased to see he had managed to keep me guessing until the very end.

The Ice Twins is a gripping fast-paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once you dive it, there is no way out. The book fully deserves the highest rate, I can’t recommend it enough.

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