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Publisher's Summary

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, died 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?

©2015 S. K.Tremayne (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Unbearably gripping and suspenseful." (Sophie Hannah)
"With its creepy premise and bleak but beautiful settings, S.K. Tremayne has created a haunting, powerful thriller." (Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?)

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A GOOD READ

S K Tremayne, has done a wonderful, way of taking the reader throughout the story on the leading mae and the female charrectors. However, the truth, and the time of revealing could have been kept as a suspence till the end. I believe, the author, dont want to depict the male charrector in the negative shades. But this could have kept the reader , a bit more thrilled till the final chapter.

Overall, it is a good read, and I recommend.

Regards

Senthamizh Samraj K

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  • Rosie's reviews
  • 04-03-15

Nauseating mother

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I wouldn't recommend it. It has some good features, and the story promises much at the start, but it disintegrates into nonsense.

What was most disappointing about S. K. Tremayne’s story?

The mother was quite simply unbearably annoying and I felt no empathy for her. Her behaviour towards the end of the book became hard to tolerate and I found it difficult to listen all the way to the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end came as a relief!

Did The Ice Twins inspire you to do anything?

Not buy anything else written by this author.

Any additional comments?

Great narration

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • JeanieB
  • 03-08-15

Awful Scottish accents

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has never heard a Scottish person speak

Has The Ice Twins put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Interesting plot

Any additional comments?

I'm only a couple of chapters into this book and struggling to want to listen to what is a promising plot. The Scottish accents are so abysmal it is hard to listen to. I've found it so grating I've actually switched off on a couple of occasions. I'm not the only one to find the narration off putting (and wish I had read all the reviews before I bought the book) and find it hard to understand why anyone was cast a narrator who can't represent a mans voice and certainly can't do a Scottish accent. <br/>

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • kellyeleven
  • 03-05-15

Just ok

I was hoping the story would grow in intrigue and suspense but I found it quite boring throughout, slow for 2/3s and then some twists thrown in at the end.

The narrator - penny rawlins - is good on the whole, but I wish she wouldn't shriek when she is doing the child's voice. This is an audiobook so will be listened to on earphones or in the car maybe, and her voice was so shrill in parts, it became ear splitting!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Emma
  • 04-11-15

Worst audiobook performance I've ever heard

Great story which meant I persisted but oh my goodness the performance in so hard to listen to. The child voice is painful, the Scottish accent horrific, not good.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • FrankeeCuddles
  • 02-28-15

Good story, shame about the poor Scots accents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouldn't as an audio book, No. In my opinion although the readers read well, I found the attempt at Scottish accents abysmal, to the point they were irritating and I felt detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. Apart from the guy at the end, who was authentically Scottish and should have read the part of Angus from the start.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Well Angus King was good as the character Angus, and the reader reading the parts of Sarah was also good, however I just wished she had not tried to talk with a Scottish accent, when talking as Angus, as she was terrible at it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No not really, but I liked the general plot of the story.

Any additional comments?

I felt it was a little bit drawn out in places. The plot was not too difficult to figure out, but I did think, or rather hoped that the twin was purposefully messing with the mothers head, to punish her in some way, but when this turned out not be true I felt a little let down. I did not feel any real connection with any of the characters, save for the dog, and I was not really moved to sympathy for any of them.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachael W.
  • 09-14-15

Awful

I found this book to be gripping in the beginning only to be a let down... The story doesn't really go anywhere... Disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • AMS
  • 05-23-15

Compelling

The storyline makes very compelling listening. However, some of the reading voices were annoyingly "wrong"

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-28-15

Spine tingling spooky take

What a fantastic book!!!
Very original and chillingly spooky!

My only critique is the switch between the women narrators..... Why use 2 different narrators when it wasn't a switch between characters or told from another perspective. Very off putting and confusing!! That's why I've marked the performance as 3 stars.

The storyline itself was superb.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 09-13-15

Good book, strangely produced.

Very good listen, but the use of three adult narrators was a bit odd and jarring.

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  • Mrs A
  • 05-18-15

Not a bad story...

Would you listen to The Ice Twins again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen again, simply because of the character Sarah. She really annoyed me!

What did you like best about this story?

I like the intrigue. There were several twists that were not obviously coming and I like that - it kept me on my toes.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

There were 3 narrators. Penny Rawlins, Sandra Duncan & Angus King. <br/>WHY Angus King was bought in to narrate the final chapter is beyond me... It had been done by Sandra Duncan perfectly well for the previous 11 and a half hours! I didn't get that. <br/>Penny Rawlins child voice was a little "squealy" and could be a little annoying at times, but overall the narration was fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The child/children.... no spoilers, but she/they are just down right creepy!!

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book overall. I would happily read other books by this author. <br/>Sarah, the mother, started to annoy me about 9 hours in. Her "shall I, shant I" thing was totally frustrating and added some padding to the book that didn't really need to be there. i did find that there was extra padding that lead nowhere, like the child psychologist line. She could have easily just googled it, as she does later - otherwise, it was good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful