Title: The Ice Twins
Author: S.K. Tremayne
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 19th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
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?
It’s been quite some time since a book kept me up until late at night -or should I said early in the morning- reading, and The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne did just that. I started reading The Ice Twins and couldn’t stop. After one in the morning “the one more chapter” reasoning kicked off and didn’t stop until four in the morning when I reach its end. I simply couldn’t put it down.
Imagine trying to survive the death of one of your identical twin daughters, just to realize a year later, when you are finally doing better, that you may have mistaken the identity of the daughter who died. Imagine a year of calling your surviving daughter by her dead sister’s name. A daughter who by her mere presence reminds you of the daughter you lost. A daughter haunted by her sister’s memory. But now, you are not only dealing with the lost of your daughter while trying to find out if you made a mistake, you are also trying to settle in a new house in an isolated island, a house that is crumbling around you, as well as your marriage. That and much more if what The Ice Twins is about.
Days after finishing The Ice Twins I still thinking about it, about the complexity of its characters, the eerie and atmospheric setting and the clever plot. I don’t want to say much not to give anything away. The story of The Ice Twins is one that should be unwrap slowly and with patience, because everything you thought you knew about the story when you started to read it, you will gradually realize that it was wrong.
S.K. Tremayne is a stupendous storyteller. He knows how to tell a story and how to keep you invested from beginning to end. His writing is lyrical, evocative and so vivid you only need to close your eyes to be inside the story, to feel the cold Scottish weather and the sea breeze touching your face. While reading you can almost smell the algae and the salt in the air, that’s how good his writing is.
The Ice Twins is a book Thriller fans should read, especially if they like psychological thrillers. The Ice Twins is a book I can easily see made into a movie.
The Ice Twins was my first book by S.K. Tremayne, but it won’t be my last, that’s for sure.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
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