In the tradition of The Girl on the Train comes the UK best seller 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.
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European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
This book really only becomes chilling at the very end. Otherwise, it's a story about miscommunication that makes the reader want to shriek to the protagonists, "Just say what you mean!" None of the main characters is especially sypathetic except the dog.
The pace can be maddeningly glacial, largely because the central character spends an enormous amount of time paraphrasing her thoughts.
The narration is good.
Maybe this is one of those rare books that's better read than listened to. Whatever the reason, in spite of terrific narration ( wonderful accents) and evocative descriptive prose, the dialog thwarted me at every turn. Why not simply embrace the supernatural angle and go with that?? I found I had to repeat sections often to keep track of which twin was "active". Probably worth another listen down the road sometime.
A good story was spoiled by being so slow. Good narration saved it to a certain extent. Unlike some reviewers I did find a sympathetic character - I will not say who or why as it may spoil the book for another reader, let's just say that the author did a much better job creating male characters as nearly all the females were not the people I would want to sit down with a glass of wine with. As for the reactions of the school in Skye - implausible to say the least!
Ok, first of all, it is misleading to compare this book to Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train.
Second, being slow in parts and annoying because of the children's voices, I only finished it so that I could give a proper review, having survived to the end. And I’m glad I did, because it only redeemed itself in the VERY end.
Now, the review:
The narrators were VERY talented. All of the voices and dialects were so complicated and they did a great job of doing their job, which was to read the story with meaning and gravity. But OH SO ANNOYING were the children’s voices, like nails on a chalkboard. So bad that it made me wish I had read the story instead of listened to it.
FRUSTRATED was how I felt the whole time I was listening to this book (save the last 20 mins). Maybe it was the inflection of the voices, always anxious and hysterical or breathless and whispery. But I digress.
The story is hard to relate to the whole time, be it the choices of the adults or the thoughts/words of the kids. They are just not believable. That is my main problem with the whole book. At the end I am left thinking: Angus could have made this whole story go differently, and wondering why the author didn’t explore the more complicated version that acknowledged some of the things only revealed in the end, and the story could have been much better. I just found it irritating to go on this whole journey with the characters, only to sit here thinking about how the writing could have been better.
It’s not something I normally do, as I am usually content to take story at face value.
But I liked how it ended, so all I can say is listen with caution. Don’t expect the same satisfaction as the other two books referenced previously. But in my opinion the book redeemed itself in the last 20 mins.
This book's premise and setting were promising. The characters, though, were not simply flawed, but profoundly unlikable. I felt the same way after reading Gone Girl - the plot kept me going, but without any character to make an emotional investment in, the resolution was deeply unsatisfying. I wish I could un-listen to The Ice Twins. The writing is vivid enough to make the book haunting, but what lingers is a queasy sense of sordidness and antipathy toward the characters.
Nurse Anesthetist. Love audiobooks!
This was one of those books that you kind of wish you hadn't started because its about such a sad topic, but once you've started you can't put it down. It makes you see how a couple with children can get caught in the trap of being manipulated by your children to believe things that aren't true. As a mother, throughout the whole book I kept thinking, how would I have handled this or what would I have done in that situation. It is a good book but know that it is a sad book.
I think I would have probably given this book up if I'd been reading it instead of listening to it being performed. It was very well narrated to the extent that the mother, Sarah, as well as driving her family crazy, pretty well drove me crazy too. I think they uplifted a three star listen, easily into a 4 star one.
At times the book jarred, and annoyed me, but the prose was very well written and pleasurable so I stuck with it and was gradually drawn in. A genuine mystery and even the ending, although very satisfying, was not conclusive. Although I had no plans to read it in one sitting, I found myself still listening in the dark until the wee hours of the morning.
A strange unsettling story that will stay with me for quite a while; I guess it was a psychological drama, dressed up as a ghost story. Or was it a ghost story dressed up as a psychological drama? I have to think about that; maybe you will have the answer........?
This author has a style of writing where her characters are always among themselves questions. It is annoying and to me a weak technique by the author. Don't think I will read another of her books. I also get very annoyed with her characters.
Overall the book was interesting. I read to the end because I wanted to know what happened but I can't say that I had a connection to the characters that kept me invested. I thought some of the plot twists were a little too far fetched and the book "jumped the shark" a bit. It also bothered me that the narrator for Sarah (the main character) would suddenly switch.
I wouldn't say it's a waste of time because I never considered stopping. And yes, I wanted to know, once and for all, who was in that grave. That said, this story isn't believable. I don't care how identical twins are. By the time the girls are 5 or 6, their parents should CERTAINLY BE ABLE TO TELL THEM APART.
Tremayne created a solid sense of place. I could see the island and house; I could feel the cold and wind.
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