The Ice Twins, By S.K. Tremayne

What’s This Book All About?

Set on an island that is barely habitable, The Ice Twins is an hauntingly brilliant psychological thriller that will send chills down your bones and leave you in suspense, all the way till the end.

The Bigger Picture

As you would probably guess from the title, the story focuses on a pair of identical twin girls, Kirstie and Lydia. After the death of one of the twins, the family is trying to move on when the identity of the other surviving  twin is called into question. Discovering which twin just died and what actually happened on that tragic night is what forms the crux of the book and keeps the reader hooked till the end.

The writing in this book is extremely beautiful while at the same time intimidating. Immensely descriptive, the writer rarely allows the tension and suspense to decrease at any point of time.

Another brilliant aspect of the book is the depiction of relationships and characters. Angus and Sarah already had a crumbling marriage and after the death of one their child, their relationship is even under more strain and tension. The author shows great skill in depicting their crumbling marriage while at the same time retaining an aura of suspicion around them. At different stages of the story, both seem guilty as it soon becomes apparent that they both have secrets and are prepared to go to any lengths to keep them that way. On the other hand, when it comes to Kirstie/Lydia we have a girl who is completely devastated and traumatised. After losing her twin, she has been uprooted from London and is now living in an remote and inhospitable place. Though she was another amazing character, she left me with mixed feeling because while on one hand I felt sorry for her, on the other hand, she was one of the creepiest character in the book.

Overall, for me the writing of this book conjures up a truly creepy atmosphere. The isolation and the almost uninhabitable nature of the cottage, the unpredictable weather, all are described so vividly that it seems like every scene is happening in front of your eyes. Add to that, some secrets, a troubled twin, a broken marriage and you have a thriller that will keep you guessing right till the very end.

Final Verdict

Buy for that perfect winter read

A fantastic book to read on a winter morning snuggled in warm blankets with a hot cup of coffee/chocolate. Though the end was a bit dull, the overall story was pretty fantastic. With amazing twists and an unexpected end, this book will play with your thoughts relentlessly. Who is telling the truth? Who is lying? Who died, Kirstie or Lydia?

A terrific read, this book will stop you from moving to any remote island for life!

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