The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc. on May 19, 2015
Genre(s): fiction, horror, suspense
Format & Length: audiobook, 11:54:07
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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 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?
The Ice Twins started out with such promise but got more and more disappointing as it progressed, leaving me feeling a bit gypped in the end.
I was looking for a new audiobook and the premise of mistaken twin identities is an intriguing one, so after listening to a short sample decided to borrow this from my library. From the very beginning it was clear this was going to be slower paced, but the narration was enjoyable and I was curious.
This was a solid book for the first half. The setting had a real sense of place and was easy to envision. The atmosphere created had a creepy tinge but wasn’t overwhelming. And the slower, drawn out pacing added a sense of unease and suspense. If asked at the halfway mark, I would have given this a three out of five.
Unfortunately, the second half and ending really didn’t work for me. I’m not typically a fan of ghost stories or endings that are completely open for interpretation. Just a touch of either of these elements might work for me, but this book combined them in a way that just didn’t sit right with me. The conclusion left it so I was asking myself if there was actually a supernatural element or if one of the characters was mentally unstable, and I had no sense of resolution upon completion.
Although The Ice Twins missed the mark for me, I did thoroughly enjoy the writing style and might consider reading another book by Tremayne. I would, however, spend more time researching and checking out other reviews before diving in.