I’ve just finished reading “The Ice Twins” by S.K. Tremayne.
I chose it because it is about twins, a subject which I’ve always been interested in.
The blurb reads:
“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?”
The novel starts with the family moving away from the city to the wild tiny island in Scotland in the hope of moving on from the terrible tragedy of losing their twin daughter Lydia. It is clear that something is not right when Kirstie announces she is actually Lydia and this causes so many cracks in Angus and Sarah’s relationship.
We see the action from both parents’ point of view and it tells us something very different about the version of events which they saw unfold. Sarah is desperately trying to make the move work, while trying to keep her relationship with Angus going for the sake of their surviving daughter but doubts start to form in her head about Angus and his actions towards his daughters on that fateful day.
Angus has his own secrets and is still tortured by the death, knowing a secret which could destroy his wife. He drinks heavily and struggles to get his life back on track but still loves his daughter and tries to love his wife as he resists the urge to hurt her.
Then there is poor Kirstie, struggling to come to terms with her twin’s death and being confused about who she is. She struggles to fit in with the children at her new school and is watched all the time by her parents who are trying to work out which twin really died.
It is pretty horrendous having a child die, but having a an identical twin die is worse when the survivor will always remind you of the one who died. I feel sorry for the parents and it’s hard to know which side to pick when trying to guess what really happened and who is at fault. It kept me guessing until the end and it was a surprise what really happened, but it was also obvious that somebody was ultimately going to die in the end. The atmosphere on the island is quiet and eerie and really lends itself to the plot, which wouldn’t work as well if the family had stayed in London.
I thought it was going to be more of a horror type of thriller novel with a bit more suspense but it disappointed me as it fell short of my expectations and was a bit lacklustre. I give this novel 6/10 because it was fascinating but by no means the best novel about twins or the best thriller novel that I’ve ever read.