Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 19th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Psychological, Thrillers
ARC provided by St. Martin's Press
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train comes the UK bestseller THE ICE TWINS, a terrifying psychological thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Gillian Flynn.
One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? 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, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.
This book is everything I want in a thriller. The Ice Twins has a haunting setting, scandal, human interest, lies, cover-ups, and twins with a secret. I was caught between feeling really bad, and being really freaked out throughout most of this book. I even found myself telling my Miguel about it. I needed to talk about the terrible situation this family faced, even if he didn’t care. I needed to sort it out for myself.
Sarah and Angus Moorcraft have been living the perfect life just outside of London. They are madly in love, and they have beautiful twin girls. Their lives come crashing down when one of their identical twins dies in an accident. Angus looses his job and Sarah looses a bit of her mind. With money really tight they are forced to move into an inherited cottage on an island in Scotland. The island also houses a lighthouse, and a haunted history. They move there blindly hoping the change will be good for everyone. When the surviving twin, Kirstie, starts to tell her Mom she is actually Lydia, the deceased twin, Sarah fears she has made a terrible mistake. With Kirstie taking on Lydia’s personality, it becomes impossible for Sarah to sort it out. There may be more at stake then her living daughter’s real identity.
This book was really haunting. It is beautifully written alternating POVs between Sarah and Angus. I felt so terrible for them. They are completely broke, and broken hearted, and then they have to move to this isolated cottage where everything is old and falling apart. They can’t even go to town without a boat, and winter is on it’s way, so the isolation is a big factor. Their struggles seemed very real to me. They are not perfect spouses and very far from perfect parents. They have communication issues and they both make major mistakes.
The twins are so creepy. I felt sorrow for the surviving twin. Being identical to the point where parents need to paint a nail to tell them apart must be fun. Even if it is a bit far out for me to understand. Losing a twin sibling like that would be devastating. They had their own language and shared every experience. She is there everyday in the mirror, in every reflection staring back, but not really. The surviving twin was a bit scary, or maybe it was just her mother’s impression of her. The scenes are really vividly described. It helped that the copy I received had haunting pictures that went right along with the story.
I really enjoyed this read. This book got me out of my reading slump. I read it almost non-stop. I couldn’t wait to get to the next scene. The ending wasn’t what I expected, I don’t know what I expected, but that wasn’t it. Still it left me in a place that was somewhat safe, if not ideal. I can’t stop thinking about it. It is a really haunting story. I highly recommend this read.
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