The Ice Twins is the debut novel by the writer
S.K.Tremayne, and is the fourth crime novel I have recently read in which
female twins feature prominently, and seems to be part of an on-going trend in
Angus and Sarah
Moorcroft outwardly appear to be a happy family, until the death of one of
their twin daughters. They move to a tiny Scottish island owned by Angus to
recover, whereupon the family implodes. The surviving daughter Kirstie behaves
very strangely, challenging her parents’ perception of reality, by calling into
question which daughter died.
Sarah feels as
though she's going insane, as she is unable to remember what happened at the
accident, or what happened immediately afterwards. She finds half used prescription
medication with her name on, which she doesn't remember taking. The story is told from the perspective
of both Sarah and Angus, with Sarah's story being told in the first person, and
Angus in the third person. The reader is meant to engage and be on Sarah's side
and not Angus.
This is a very
gothic novel, being about a woman in peril, evil twins out for vengeance, as
they blame Sarah for the death of one of them. The identity of the dead and
surviving twins is meant to keep the reader guessing for the entire novel,
however I quickly identified which was which early on, and merely felt impatient
waiting for Sarah to realise that the identity of her.
There were some
good features of the book. I liked the use of photographs alongside most of the
chapters, to evoke the sense of place. I've often wished that more novels could
use photographs alongside the text. I also liked the semi mystery as to the identity of the writer, as
initials are used. I strongly suspect from the use of language and descriptions
that the writer is female.
The book was at times suspenseful,
although an undemanding read. However I did not particularly enjoy the book, frequently
losing interest, as the plot was simplistic and derivative,
reminding me of too many similar better-plotted books such as Christobel Kent's
the crooked house that I have recently read.