The Ice Twins: A Novel

The Ice Twins: A Novel

by S.K. Tremayne

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The Ice Twins: A Novel by S.K. Tremayne

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455586066
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 261,600
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. Tremayne has two daughters, and lives in London.

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The Ice Twins 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! This must be one of the creepiest books that I have read to date. I had no idea where the story was going during the book and some of the things that happened were just plain creepy. When you take a little bit of creepy and throw a child in the mix, you really end up with a book that is hard to put down. This was one of those books that I had to take what I know to be true in reality and set it aside and just enjoy the story for what it was. As you would probably guess from the title, the story focuses on a pair of identical twin girls, Kirstie and Lydia. One of the girls dies in a tragic accident and the family is trying to move on with their lives when the identity of the surviving twin is called into question. Discovering which twin actually died and what really happened on that horrific night becomes a mystery that will pull readers in. I had some problems with one of the main ideas behind this book. I honestly do not believe that any identical twins are so identical that their own parents cannot tell them apart. I mean mixing twins up when they are babies is a definite possibility but by the time the kids reach school age, like the girls in this story, I just don't see it happening. I have personally spent a lot of time with identical twins and I have witnessed casual acquaintances having trouble but family and friends have never had a problem telling them apart. I am sorry but I just don't buy the idea that the parents wouldn't be able to look at their surviving daughter and know who she is. I decided early on while reading this book that since this was a work of fiction I would just accept that these girls were completely identical. I can't say that I liked any of the characters in this book but that didn't stop me from feeling like I just had to know what was happening to them. The story was really like peeling layers off one at a time so that the truth could finally be revealed. That need to learn the truth is really what tied me to this book. I really disliked Sarah, the mother, quite a bit and her husband, Angus, wasn't any better. The little girl, either Lydia or Kirstie, just seemed creepy to me throughout the book. The dog was probably the most likeable member of this particular family. Despite the problems that I had with this book, I still really enjoyed reading it. I felt driven to find out what really happened in a way that I have not experienced before in a story. I simply could not put this book down once I reached a certain point in the story. The more that I learned, the more I needed to know. The way that the author gave the reader just enough information as the story progressed was perfectly executed. I was relieved that my questions were answered by the time I reached the end of the book. I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers. This book is a little different than anything else I have read which added to its appeal. I plan to look for more works from this author in the near future. I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Luke112 More than 1 year ago
The Ice Twins is an amazing psychological thriller and probably the best novel I've read all year. It's truly creepy, the plot is super well-crafted, and the writing is beautiful. This is not a potboiler page-turner, but a genuine work of literature that also manages to be a fast, enthralling, and unsettling read. The somewhat unbelievable story is anchored by its characters, who are psychologically complex, and sympathetic despite being deeply flawed. The novel reminded me of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry -- another fantastic read centered around a pair of uncanny, blond-haired twins -- though The Ice Twins is a more propulsive read. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a smart, unsettling psychological thriller, particularly if they're a fan of stories set in the British Isles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read in the late evening just before sleep. I'm now a bit sleep deprived. This book about how a family struggles when one of their twin daughters dies in a terrifying accident. The surviving twin is psychologically maimed by guilt while her parents plagued by their own failure to protect drama use secrets and lies to protect their child. The setting, a remote island in Scotland, is the perfect backdrop for this thriller. This is a haunting page turner you won't soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an eerie story that was hard to put down will recommend to friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and I was totally surprised by the ending! Definitely worth reading!
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
Angus and Sarah are moving to a tiny Scottish island just a little over a year after their daughter Lydias death. This is a way for them to move on with their life and give them a new fresh start with their other daughter, Kirstie, Lydia’s identical twin. But their world is once again shattered when Kirstie starts to claim that she is Lydia. Is this survival guilt, or is she really Lydia? This is a truly intense psychological thriller; I was enthralled with the story from the beginning to the end and giving this book five stars was a very easy decision. Angus and Sarah are trying really hard to pull their lives together and then having Kirstie claim that she is Lydia, that the daughter they thought had died was alive and vice-versa that is really making their life a hell in their new home and putting there already fragile marriage to the test. What really happened the day their daughter died? They can’t tell their daughter apart and they were having the same kind of clothing on the day one of the girls died. This is a real page turner, never a dull moment and the ending of the book, well I was afraid that S.K. Tremayne wouldn’t be able to write a satisfying ending, but he did. This is without one of the best thriller I have ever read and I recommended it strongly to anyone that likes psychological thrillers. On a side note; I found out the real identity of S.K. Tremayne when I was writing this review. I actually though S.K. Tremayne was a woman, but it’s Tom Knox, and he usually writes archaeological and religious thrillers. So, while I wait for S.K. Tremayne to publish a new book can I read Tom Knox’s books and I love archaeological thrillers so it’s a win-win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally the best! A must read book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very intense well written thriller. An excellent plot. With a unexpected twisted ending. The best "twins psychological " I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. Atmospheric, good psychological suspense. I do wish that the kids who write cat stories would do it on smashbook or some other more appropriate venue.
Haziegaze More than 1 year ago
I am in two minds about this one. What I liked: The premise of the book was excellent; who could resist a creepy story about identical twins? This was a psychological thriller with twists and turns throughout which kept me guessing about what happened from the beginning to the end. The surviving twin - is it Lydia or Kirstie? - is the best and most likeable character in the book and one I really felt for throughout and what she was experiencing touched me, I just wanted to give her a cuddle. The pace of the book was good and the way the story was told from the two different perspectives helped to increase the confusion as you are never quite sure who is telling the truth or recalling events as they actually happened. What I didn’t like: I found some of the dialogue was unnatural and a bit stilted and although I thought the description of the island and the weather really helped to bring atmosphere to the story, there were times when it was a little over-descriptive . For example when the author described someone having “ginger Jewish hair” … what? Is the ginger hair Jewish and what difference does this make? I also found the 2 main characters, Angus and Sarah, not particularly likeable and therefore found it hard to have any sympathy with either of them however, I wonder if that was the author’s intention. Overall though, there was more that I liked than didn’t like and I kept going back for more primarily because I wanted to find out how the twin had died and which one it was - all became clear at the end. I haven’t quite worked out whether I liked the ending or not, the jury is still out on that one but I would like to thank the publisher, HarperCollins UK/HarperFiction/Blue Door and Netgalley for my copy in return for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept waiting for this book to get better. it never did. It was boring throughout. I do not recommend it.
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars. Wow! I was really hoping for so much more from this book! I really liked the premise, and the book started out pretty good, but the plot never "ramped up" to a peak at any point. Instead, the plot seemed to stall early on, and never really recovered from there. This book traveled with me on a plane trip with a layover and I barely picked it up. Perhaps it is because I never really "cared" about the characters, the creepy plot twists didn't seem to pan out for me, and the ending turned out to be extremely disappointing.... to say the least. Not to mention that there were seemingly good and creepy possible twists that I was hoping the author would explore, but, unfortunately, opted to focus on other matters. I forced myself to finish this book... ::Sigh:: I was hoping to find a book that will take me out of this not-so-intriguiging book slump I have been in lately, but sadly it did not.
Snickerdoodle00 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing from beginning to end. It literally hooked me, an I read it within 3 days I just could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enthralling and creepy, written beautifully...total mind fu*k!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting read but not my favorite by any means. The writing was a little hard for me to follow sometimes. I think this would make a great movie and it is a fast read so you don't really have anything to lose. As for the twists in the book, while I didn't see them coming, they didn't really make me gasp or strongly react. Not that they were predictable, they just weren't as revealing or climactic as I'd hope. And as for the ending, it does feel a little brief and abrupt, but I thought it worked fairly well. Not a bad read, you see it play out like a movie in your head (at least I did). But in my very humble opinion, there are better thrillers out there.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A psychological thriller, set around a grieving family on an isolated Scottish isle, S. K. Tremayne’s The Ice Twins is enthralling, definitely creepy, and intriguingly dark. Intertwining mysteries surround what seems like a simple question – which six-year-old died. But the problem’s far deeper than that, as the survivor’s identity shifts and changes while grieving parents struggle to carve a space to believe in themselves. The author makes me believe in the central mystery – that it really would be possible not to know which twin had survived. But now there are other issues to resolve – whose guilt, what guilt, and why? Meanwhile the creaks and groans of a settling cottage, so evocatively described, might be haunted footsteps in the night. I wished the parents kept closer watch over the children. I found myself frequently begging them not to leave the survivor alone. But I believe, by the end; they really would behave this way; and it’s sad and it’s real... and it’s haunting. A very cool, dark, scary blend of horror, mystery and drama, The Ice Twins is a fast, enthralling read with a satisfying end. Disclosure: It was a mothers’ day present.
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Great mystery kept you guessing and you were always drawn in
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nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
This novel was based on an interesting concept, and that was what grabbed me. However I was left feeling the concept wasn't that well executed and the story felt a little slow. I think that was just the nature of the story. It was suspenseful with a bit of paranormal thrown in, and simply wasn't an especially "exciting" story. And the longer it went on, the stranger it felt, the more "otherworldly" and odd. There were a couple of nice twists thrown in, but things felt a little jumbled. I had a hard time following along at times, some characters were thrown in briefly and then disappeared and felt incomplete (like the doctor). I don't know. Great concept, but it fell a little short of the mark. I was left feeling a little "meh".
brittrenee13 More than 1 year ago
Great book, great plot. This book was all-around thrilling and a must-read. I was actually pleased with the ending too, and I normally dislike the endings of most books I read.
MaggzyMay More than 1 year ago
I'd seen this book on various lists, so decided to read it. It was not that good. It is just not believable at all, and the twist at the end doesn't do anything to enhance the story that came before it. Also, can I just say Worst.Parents.Ever...these characters were just so limp and passive. It does not live up to other books it is being compared to, in my humble opinion.
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