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I’ve just finished reading “The Ice Twins” by S.K. Tremayne.

“The Ice Twins” by S.K. Tremayne (via Goodreads)

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.

I have just finished reading “I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk, the fifth book in her “I Heart” series.

“I Heart London” by Lindsey Kelk (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back.

But when she’s summoned home to London, she’s at risk of losing her shiny new life to never-ending English rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time

There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.

There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.

And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.

Now there’s a wedding in the offing – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one. . . Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?”

Angela is dragged home to England for her mother’s birthday party and finds herself face to face with her ex-fiancé Mark, trying to keep her mum from treating her a like a child again and also catching up with her old friend Louisa and her new baby.

Jenny and Alex follow her to England, and Alex is introduced to his future in-laws and wins them over. Jenny, still trying to get over her ex and decided a trip to England was what she needed, gets scarily motivated when Angela’s mum suggests that Angela and Alex get married while they’re in England and attempts to organise their wedding. However, Jenny and Louisa don’t always see eye to eye, much to Angela’s dismay as she tries to keep the peace and then puts her foot down before everything spirals totally out of control.

Angela’s ex-fiancé Mark shows up and comes on to her, mis-reading her signs as she is clearly happy with Alex now and Mark ends up facing the fists of several people.

Despite all this craziness, Angela and her friend Delia, the lovely twin sister of evil Cici who has been trying to ruin Angela’s life, are trying to launch their magazine venture in the US, the UK and France at the same time. Angela has a big presentation to do, which goes well except for a small hitch thanks to Cici’s interference which nearly costs Angela her new venture and visa. Thankfully Cici is the one who ends up at the mercy of several rather irritated women!

I like this book because it is funny, especially with Angela’s weed smoking kindly father and slightly crazy mother who actually isn’t such a huge monster as Angela makes her out to be. It’s lovely how Alex turns out to be so aware of Angela’s personality and knows what she needs to hear and so on, he really seems to be her perfect match. The drama of the wedding and the professional presentation work well within the story, and the fights between characters are quite brutal but funny. It’s good when Cici gets her comeuppance for trying to ruin Angela’s life again, and Mark gets what was coming to him for cheating on Angela.

It’s also nice to have Angela go back home so we can see what her life in England was like, and this clash of cultures is interesting, especially when Jenny and Lousia meet and clash as they’re so different despite being Angela’s best friends.

I give this book 8/10 because it’s just so much fun to read, it is relate-able, and kept me hooked all the way through!

I love this book,

“It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it, the way we throw people away?” 

― Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper