the ice twins

the ice twins by S.K. Tremayneice twns

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft 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?

welll this blurb interested me as soon as I had heard about … you lose a twin & later on you get told by the remainder twin you got which twin died wrong ! oh mh gawd?
but thats not the storyit goes deeper than that … theres a few things that are a few ah ha moments … infact once I said oh my gawd out loud with other parents watching swimmimng lessons … yes it was that good !!

This is one of the creepiest books I have read in quite some time. Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are mourning the death of their daughter Lydia, one of a pair of identical twins. To try and recover from this tragedy they take their remaining daughter Kirstie to live on a remote Scottish Island, to try and rebuild their lives. The spine tingling starts when Kirstie asks “why do you keep calling me Kirstie, I’m Lydia?” Wow! Did they get it so terribly wrong? Was it really Lydia who died or could it have been Kirstie? And if not, is their daughter mad or worse? It sent my mind into such a spin that even now, writing this review I am thinking “Have I got those names in the right context?” It is a book that I didn’t want to put down, but at the same time I just had to keep putting it to one side and just get everything straight in my head and try and work out what had happened.

Angus and Sarah’s relationship is already strained and what happens now is bound to add even more tension, and I particularly liked the way the author shows their marriage crumbling further away bit by bit as the story progressed. Neither of them are blameless and at times they are each pretty unlikeable and it soon becomes apparent that they are both prepared to keep secrets from the other and each has the capacity to be absolutely brutal with the other.

As for Kirstie/Lydia, we have a very sad little girl. One who has been uprooted from London and plonked into this remote inhospitable setting. She was a wonderful character to read about – I felt so sorry for her but there were also times when I found her to be the creepiest child imaginable yet five minutes later I would just want to hug her.

The harsh, unforgiving Island setting in winter also really helps with the haunting, atmospheric feel to the book. The descriptions made me want to draw the curtains and turn the heating up full blast, nice and safe in my own cosy home. It is a story that keeps you guessing all the way through as it works its way to an ending which really took me by surprise. If you like your reads to chill you to the bone, but in a subtle creepy way that will leave your mind reeling, then this is highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

i rated it 5 out of five

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