As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed “The Ice Cream Girls” by the press and were dealt with by the courts.
Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried - and if theirs is revealed, everything will become a living hell all over again . . .
Gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Ice Cream Girls will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love.
©2010 Dorothy Koomson (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Another moving and thought-provoking read, this lives up to expectations" (Cosmopolitan)
"Absolutely fantastic. From the first page you'll be desperate to know exactly what happened" (Sun)
"Incredibly gripping" (Now)
The characters are well rounded and this story is hard to turn off. A frightening account of how teenagers are so easily drawn into a destructive relationship with their teacher who is twice their age and a sadistic psychopath. The narrators brought it to life.
Both girls were my favourites as they were compelling in the unfolding of the story.
Their voices and the clarity and emotion they brought to their parts.
No, but I felt chilled as I come from Brighton.
A great surprise story! So glad I came across it.
I would definately recommend this book. The story is cripping and the depictions of the two girls/women were extremely well done. Solving the crime itself is not necessarily the center of this book but rather its reasons and consequences. Also the performance was great, I was really sucked into the story because of it.
The discussions in the cafe between the two women and the desperation of both of them in the web of misunderstandings and fear.
It really helped me to follow the story and not confuse the two characters as would normally easily happen to me. It enabled for me to enjoy the story more (English is not my mother tongue).
The events in hospital after Serena's accident.
Great book, I'm happy to have chosen it.
"Another Cracking Dorothy Koomson Listen"
I love Dorothy Koomson, but this is her best yet. The characters are just so believable and REAL. The story weaves back and forth in time, but it is done so well that the listener never loses track - I always knew at what point we were in each of those people's lives all the time.
Because the characters are so honest, even if they are not doing the right thing, I had an emotional connection to them and was willing them to come through in the end.
I understand that The Ice Cream Girls has recently been on TV, so many of you may know the final twist. I was in the middle of listening when I found this out so I made my friends who had seen it keep schtum!
It was worth the wait.
One last comment: The narrators are absolutely excellent. If you've listened to Dorothy Koomson before, you will be familiar with Adjoa Andoh, an exceptionally good narrator. Her skills are complimented beautifully by Julie Maisey and Sean Barrett. They bring all the characters to life in a lovely, recognisably clear way so you always know who you are listening to.
I devoured this in three days, resenting anything I was doing that wasn't listening to it. The dog had a lot of three hour walks! It's absolutely gripping, keeps the mystery going until literally the last minutes and is full of 'what would I do' situations. Subtle, clever and very well- written and performed.
Beautifully written, absorbing.
Not sure, but the narration was excellent!
There is not a wasted word in the book. The characters are so well drawn. I cared deeply about what was to happen to them next throughout the book. This author is a real discovery. I'm looking forward to reading, or listening to her other books and I have just bought a copy of this one as a gift.
"Very depressing and unrewarding"
I found this book very depressing, and I guessed the culprit very early on. There were two female narrators, but their voices sounded the same to me. It was also very repetitive. I'm sorry I bothered with it.
"Slow, nail-biting novel…."
This is a chilling story about two girls entangled in a terrible abuse situation…a subject that we hear about too often in the news these days. I enjoyed this listen very much, in the way it kept me desperately wanting to get to the end to find out what actually happened! But unfortunately, when I finally got there, the end was not what I wished it to be…it was rather a little bit of an anti-climax really. But still, wonderfully written, and wonderfully narrated.
I like the fact that three narrators were used for this book which helped to separate the characters.
It was an interesting story about a controlling inappropriate relationship.
The author managed to allow the listener to feel empathy for both characters and to somewhat answer the obvious questions as to why these girls would stay with such a pers.
"irritating character voice"
I found the voices that the character for Serena did as the male parts, to be incredibly jarring and irritating. Her character was lovely and very easy to listen to but when she played the 2 male voices it was awful
"Entertaining and gripping"
I really enjoyed listening to this story. I always like stories with more than one narrator as otherwise I get a bit annoyed at the same person trying to do lots of voices, but the two main narrators were completely brilliant. I felt so sorry for the two main female characters and how they were let down by everyone who should have cared for them, both families and the police service. Brings a subject which should be aired more often, along with domestic violence and abuse of children in famlies. Loved the story and really kept me listening. How do these clever authors dream up these ideas for novels?
This is a great book, easy to follow, easy to listen to, would recommend it to others
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