The Ice Twins
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door
One of Sarah’s daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone.
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?
This is quite a difficult book to review- I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it. I wasn’t “chilled to the bone,” more intrigued and wanting to understand/know the truth. It was very evocative, somewhat creepy and bleak. So whilst I didn’t embrace this book with a passion I did keep having a film play out in my head of the action as I read. I really can see this as a brilliantly disturbing film. The isolation of the island, the bleak settings, the storm, the hint of apparitions, the feeling of being threatened… it could make a great noir film with its suggestion of violence or potential for violence. Film it in black and white with just a hint of colour in the clothing of the twins….perfect!
Oh, I’ve read books like that too, Carol – books that are just tailor-made for film. And this is a really fascinating premise for a story. Thanks for sharing.
It fits perfectly for film….mostly one location, few characters, a brooding isolated landscape…perfect 🙂
I was the same. Definitely not scary, just one of those books which makes you ponder…
But very atmospheric….I could see the storm, the thunder…the isolation of being stranded on an island…no phone lines…