Monday, 8 February 2016

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

After one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to a remote Scottish island, hoping to mend their shattered lives. But when their surviving child, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing back down.

They know one of their daughters died. But can they be sure which one?

When I began reading this I was not at all sure that this book was for me. Perhaps because the subject matter is so devastating; after all the death of a child makes for difficult reading. But then something strange happened. Suddenly, like a fish in a stream, I was completely hooked and I couldn't put it down.

This is one of the most eerie novels I have read and this is because the author has so excellently captured the atmosphere of the remote Scottish island that the family move to in order to begin afresh. I think it is this setting that lured me in every bit as much as the story itself.

Throughout the book the tension never lets up and I found myself really puzzled by what was going on. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the final page and even now I still keep thinking about it and considering what I thought might be behind it all.

The characters in this book are brilliantly drawn and my sympathies were with each of the main characters in turn. The parents relationship is fragile and I felt heart broken at the loneliness of the surviving twin.

This is not a book that I will forget quickly. It is haunting and creepy and demonstrates extremely skilled penmanship from Mr Tremayne. I highly recommend this superb book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

ISBN: 9780007563036

Publisher:  Harper

About the Author:

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award winner travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. He also writes under the pseudonym, Tom Knox.

Born in Devon,the author now lives in London. He has two daughters.

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