Publication Date: 29 January 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
I am a fan of thrillers and always want to be amazed by the twist in a thriller novel. The Ice Twins certainly gave an interesting ending, albeit a somewhat confusing one.
The story is told in the perspectives of Sarah and Angus Moorcraft, who are grieving over the loss of their daughter Lydia. Their surviving twin, Kirstie, is left shaken over the circumstances of what transpired on the day her sister died. Kristie admits to Sarah that she is really Lydia, meaning that Sarah misidentified her over a year ago when her other daughter died.
After inheriting a cottage on an island in Scotland, the family move away from their home in London due to dwindling finances. Secrets start to uncover when Sarah starts quizzing why Kirstie believes she is Lydia, and finds that perhaps her memory of the night that Lydia died is incorrect.
The setting of the novel made the story quite scary and thrilling. The cottage was terrifying and spooky, as it was rampant with rats and in the middle of the ocean. The setting certainly assisted in making the story more suspenseful, especially because I was worried every time someone travelled by boat that something bad would happen.
The characters and writing was believable. I connected to Sarah more than Angus, as she was quite reserved by nature. Kristie was what made the novel exciting, because every different chapter made me puzzled as to what was really going on with her. Prepare to feel very bad for this poor girl.
What confused me was the ending. As this is a spoiler-free review I will not say what happened, but to me it made no sense. The ‘big reveal’ could have been a bit more exiting. Overall the novel’s plot was not structured perfectly, which affected the believability of the ending.
The mystery, however, in this novel was very interesting. I went back and forth so many times as to what actually happened that night and the end-result was unexpected. I recommend The Ice Twins to fans of thriller and to those who want an surprising ending. It would not be suited for younger readers.