2016 Reviews · contemporary fiction · mystery · supernatural · thriller

Book Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

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Book blurb:

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?

3.5 stars

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne is the perfect winter night’s read. It is a creepy mystery novel concerning the subject of twins, with a hint of the supernatural. This psychological based thriller is bound to send shivers down your spine.

When the Moorcroft family moves from the city to the remote Scottish island of Eilean Torran, where they have inherited a run down cottage, it seems like a blessing in disguise. The Moorcroft’s have suffered an incredible loss, one of their twin daughter’s died in a terrible accident. Trying to take time out to grieve for their little girl, a fresh start in an isolated location seems like the right decision. The Moorcroft’s are a fragile family unit and this is exasperated when surviving twin Kristie insists she is in fact her dead twin sister Lydia. With their marriage already at crisis point, Sarah and Angus Moorcroft begin to consider the very real and shocking truth that they may have made a mistake in assigning the correct identity to their dead daughter.  Kristie’s ramblings that she is her dead sister, coupled with some unexplained ghostly events at the cottage, points to something sinister at work.

The Ice Twins is one of those novels that it is hard to review in detail, particularly in relation to plot details, as I do not wish to ruin the reading experience for those interested in reading the novel. What I will reveal is that this is a disturbing read and it was one that had me constantly trying to make sense of the facts presented to me. The central mystery concerning which twin died and how she died was the reason why I continued to turn the pages of this book at a brisk pace. The interactions between the twins and their parents evoked a strong sense of unease inside me while reading the novel. Adding to my interest in The Ice Twins was the atmospheric setting, which added a sense of foreboding due to the extreme weather conditions described by the author. Suspicion, secrets and murky characters converge in The Ice Twins,  making it a gripping read.

The Ice Twins offers a very interesting exploration of the deep and unique connection experienced by twins, that I have to admit absolutely fascinates me. A wild setting, coupled with a disturbing plot, makes The Ice Twins a good book choice if you are a fan of dark psychological thrillers.

The Ice Twins was published in 2015 by Harper Collins Publishers Australia http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007459223/


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

  1. I liked this book but one thing bothered me – when Sarah lost Beano she gave two excuses as to what she was doing at the time 1) painting dining room 2) ironing in Lydia’s bedroom – can you clarify as this is bugging me !! Thank you


    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and for reading my review of The Ice Twins. I’m sorry as I read this book a few months back and I read a volume of books I can’t recall the plot detail in relation to your question 😦


  2. I didn’t like the book at all. It had no plot.. just explained everything backwards. I have identical twins.. you can always tell the difference. Sarah and Angus are the worst parents ever. Not knowing to differentiate twins and not looking after the kids well.. how stupid. And not being able to remember what she did.. and the husband actually protecting his adulterous wife! Indulging her ! It’s entirely ridiculous. Who even goes to live on a desert island? How is loneliness and bad weather going to help the child? Again.. worst parents ever.. selfish .. worst plot.. but we’ll written. Tremayane got many things wrong!


    1. Thanks you for taking the time to visit my blog, read my review and leave a detailed comment. Thank you also for sharing your honest thoughts on this book and I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy The Ice Twins – for valid reasons you have outlined. Would you be willing to read another book by this author in the future?


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