Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

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?
Hardcover, 373 pages

Published January 29th 2015 by Harper Collins 
arc via netgalley

I was rather intrigued while reading the premise for The Ice Twins, it appeared to have a number of elements going for it - spooky, mysterious, emotional and suspenseful.

  I am not sure if this is the authors debut but hats off to her/him for genuinely making me care about this family.  There are many emotions that death brings on, especially when it's your child.  This book brought that out but when you add a twins strange and shocking behavior - how does one cope and even understand it.

That being said as much as I cared for the Moorcraft's I really struggled at times here.  Even though I finished this book in a matter of days, (I just needed to find out what was happening to Angus, Sarah and Kristie/Lydia), I found it somewhat depressing and sad.  Needing a fresh start this family moves to a small Scottish island hoping for a chance to regroup and try to put the past behind them.  There is a lot going on here and you really need to pay attention. I couldn't grasp the fact that Sarah could not recognize her own daughter, she is 7 years old and I suppose maybe if I was around twins it might be possible at that age to get them mixed up but as a mom I feel she would know which was which.  Secrets and more secrets seem to be the theme here and even when I finished the book I still had questions left unanswered.   The ending is what really left me feeling down, hats off to the author for bringing that kind of emotion out.

The author does have a way with words, with vivid descriptions I had no problem visualizing the lighthouse, the island and even the house where the tragedy occurred.

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