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 crashes in 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.
Song For This Book: He’s Behind You by Louise Heaney
Why? A creepy song for a creepy book.
There’s something about little kids in mystery or horror books that is just extra creepy. And then add into that the fact that twins, while generally just super cool, can come across as much much more creepy than just a single weird kid, and you end up with this book.
This book starts out with a creepy, suspenseful atmosphere that is maintained throughout the entire book, keeping you so hooked in that you don’t want to put it down until you’ve turned the final page. Set in Skye, where a surprising amount of creepy books are set, we get to see the chaos and madness that surrounds this family when they’re isolated with their own demons.
The Good Points of The Ice Twins:
As mentioned already, the atmosphere created throughout this book is incredible, and makes for an insane adventure throughout the story. It is very consistent throughout the story, which is no small feat as when the story gets crazier as we go.
I loved the portrayal of grief throughout the book, and how each of the characters represented different ways of coping with a horrific situation. It’s so well done, and super cool how the author incorporates these situations throughout the story.
I loved the twins in this story, and the whole identity confusion thing that was happening. It was so well done, leaving you wondering which kid had actually died that day, or if she was just losing her mind, or what the case may be. It was confusing, but in a good way.
It was set on an island, and that’s always a good point in my book.
The Downsides of The Ice Twins:
I found the relationship drama between Sarah and Angus overly dramatic and it took away from the story. I get that it wasn’t a super healthy relationship to begin with and a bit of drama was expected, but the amount of it took away from the rest of the story and made it feel more like a soap opera rather than a mystery.
It sometimes felt like there was more information in the story than we needed. Like the kid’s transition into school and how the kids won’t play with her. It didn’t really affect the story, and they spent a lot of time on it, which made sense for the kid’s confusion, but didn’t really affect the story.
All in all, I did enjoy this book, and would definitely recommend it. Kids always make for the creepiest stories, and this one is no exception to the rule. I would love to see a movie made out of this book, because I think the atmosphere would translate so well to the screen. If you like creepy kids, island stories, and dramatic relationships, you should definitely check out The Ice Twins.
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