I haven’t done a good old book post in a while – but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! I tend to read books on my tablet more often these days, but now and then I pick up the odd actual book – although a tablet’s convenient, you really can’t beat the feel of reading from an actual paper-and-binding tome.
Over Christmas I managed to win a selection of 2015’s hotly tipped new novels, and among them was S.K Tremayne’s The Ice Twins. A chilling psychological thriller, it begins with Sarah, whose daughter Lydia died one year previously, survived by her identical twin Kirstie. But was it really Lydia who fell? As Sarah, her husband Angus and their daughter relocate to a remote island left to Angus by his grandmother, Sarah battles with fears of mistaken identity from Kirstie, and begins to unravel the real story behind one twin’s death.
Tremayne really manages to create an incredibly haunting vibe from the very beginning, with undertones of menace simmering away throughout the story. Even when the book draws to a conclusion, the haunted tone still plays on the mind long after putting The Ice Twins back onto the bookshelf. And as well as plenty of tension, there are also some downright damn creepy moments. Children in general can be a great source for the heebie-jeebies, and the development of Kirstie’s psychosis is incredibly unsettling – which makes for a great read.
The characters are well written and their stories and secrets unravel at a pace that keeps tension high but also moves the plot along at a comfortable and accelerating pace. The island setting is a perfect, creepy backdrop for the events that occur, and the imagery Tremayne creates of the derelict cottage and dangerous marshland allows the reader to develop a strong mental image of the world the story unfolds in.
I was completely gripped from start to finish – almost rushing to turn the page, but at the same time wanting to savour the imagery. The Ice Twins is genuinely one of my favourite books that I’ve read for a long time, and I’d really recommend it for anyone who likes mysterious tales full of tension, twists and turns.
What have you been reading recently?