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The Ice Twins

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  35,825 ratings  ·  3,933 reviews
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 ide
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 29th 2015)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
‘You keep saying she’s dead but she comes back to play with me, she was here, she was at school, she plays with me, she is my sister, it doesn’t matter if she’s dead, she’s still here, still here, I’m here, we are here – why do you keep saying we’re dead, when we’re not we’re not we’re not.’

This was a fantastically atmospheric book about mistaken twin identities, fraught with tension. I absolutely loved the depiction of a family broken apart by grief, and the portrait of a marriage simmering
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Firstly and mostly importantly, thank you to a friend for my copy of the book, you know who you are!!

Gosh. Where do I start? I really wanted to like this, I had seen a lot of 5 star ratings, not read any reviews and thought I was in for a treat. :((

It started off well insofar as it drew me in quickly. From the blurb we know that there is a tragedy from the outset. A set of twins and one that dies under tragic circumstances. The rest of the story is the aftermath between the parents and their ris
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who can read.
I had heard the hype about this book and as I often don't love what the world does I was not suspecting much. Then WHAM! this one knocks me off my feet.

What an absolutely haunting, special and moving book. It took me through a range of feelings and my brain hurt from trying to guess what was the truth.

It was like a few genres rolled into one, but done so smoothly, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time and I will recommend to everyone. The plot is stunning, I was trying to recal
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psycho
This is one of the creepiest books I have read in quite some time. Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are mourning the death of their daughter Lydia, one of a pair of identical twins. To try and recover from this tragedy they take their remaining daughter Kirstie to live on a remote Scottish Island, to try and rebuild their lives. The spine tingling starts when Kirstie asks “why do you keep calling me Kirstie, I’m Lydia?” Wow! Did they get it so terribly wrong? Was it really Lydia who died or could it ha ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Lydia and Kirstie were identical twin girls, but one tragic night one of them dies. Thus starts the gripping and creepy story about what really happened.


The girls parents (Angus and Sarah) are having some financial troubles so they decide to move out to an island that Angus grandmother owned.

Before they moved to the island, Kirstie started acting strange. She started acting like her sister Lydia. It gets so bad they have to call her Lydia at the new school they enroll her in and try to keep up
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read? I did not like this book. It seems I am almost the only one who didn't! I didn't like the same things that the other four unfavorable reviews pointed out: flat characters, the nonsensical decision to move a grieving twin to an isolated island...without a boat, non-communicative parents but that was all part of the story and I don't need to like all the pieces or characters to enjoy the story. I couldn't wait to read this because it had so much creepy potential. As I was rea ...more
I'm not going to say much about this one, because the whole point of a GOOD thriller is to go in as fresh as possible!!!!!

I will say that if this book and The Girl on the Train ever got into a fist fight, The Ice Twins would be on death row for murder, no hope for an appeal.

Get your creepy, icy twin fun right here, folks!!!! 5 stars!!!!

Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-ties, dark, crime
This was one creepy, chilling story. A psychological thriller... a crime and ghost story combined. Or, better said, is there a crime and... is there a ghost? What happened exactly, who can be trusted and who did what exactly...
Well written. 3.5 going to 4. Loved the Scottish surroundings, wild, uncontrolled, beautiful, threatening, all in one. Especially the behaviour of the kid (Lydie-loo or Kirstie-koo?) makes you feel you are in the middle of a creepy ghost story. Loved the simple black and w
Liz Barnsley
Five things you need to know about The Ice Twins. Teaser Review.

1) “Prepare to be haunted by The Ice Twins” – seeing that, you may be blase. Seen it all before. Heard that more than once. But PAY ATTENTION. If this book does not appear somewhere in some subconcious form or another in my dreams tonight I shall be very surprised.

2) Storytelling genius. Really can’t tell you anything about it though. It is obvious of course that there are twins involved and one dies and there seems to be some confu
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem like I'm in the minority here as I didn't particularly find this book psychological at all and can't say I particularly enjoyed it the whole way through.

At one point Sarah and Angus Moorcroft had it all: beautiful monozygotic twin girls, Sarah and Kirstie, blissfully happy marriage and a beautiful family dog, Beany. Then their world comes crashing down in the most spectacular way with the tragic death of Lydia in a fall when she is seven years old. Their lives literally spin out of contr
JV (semi-hiatus)
"Sometimes things aren’t remotely as you imagined, sometimes what you thought was reality does not exist at all."
Well, color me surprised! This was such an unnerving, gripping novel that coalesces with the insidious, intolerable, and malevolent to form an eerie, psychological thriller filled with paranormal overtones that upend the psyche leaving one bamboozled! This one is utterly believable, although not perfect all throughout, in my honest opinion.

Kirstie and Lydia are monozygotic twins.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
This is a truly intense psychological thriller; I was enthralled with the story from the beginning to the end and giving this book five stars was a very easy decision.

Angus and Sarah are trying really hard to pull their lives together and then having Kirstie claim that she is Lydia, that the daughter they thought had died was alive and vice-versa that is really making their life a hell in their new home and putting their already fragile marriage to the test.

What really happened the day their dau
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard mixed reviews about this book by Goodreads friends but having previously read and enjoyed 'The Fire Child' by the same author I decided to give it ago. I can understand some of the criticisms I had read such as it being too slow etc but for me there was enough suspense to keep me interested.
The story tells of Sarah and her husband Angus who are planning to relocated to a remote Hebrides island with their seven year old daughter Kirstie following the tragic death of her identical twin
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

This must be one of the creepiest books that I have read to date. I had no idea where the story was going during the book and some of the things that happened were just plain creepy. When you take a little bit of creepy and throw a child in the mix, you really end up with a book that is hard to put down. This was one of those books that I had to take what I know to be true in reality and set it aside and just enjoy the story for what
Diane S ☔
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Moving to an inherited island in Scotland, this family wants only the chance to start over after the death of their daughter, one of a set on identical twins.

The setting was alternately beautiful and intimidating. Very descriptive writing and the suspense and tension rarely let up, throughout the entire book. But which twin died? Who is keeping secrets and is the twin that is left telling the truth?

A good, twisty and creepy, a little suspension of belief is needed here as we follow the unbe
Elyse  Walters
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 rating

Quoting the blurp on Goodreads:
"In the tradition of 'The Girl On the Train' comes bestseller UK 'The Ice Twins', a terrifying psychological thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Gillian Flynn".

I haven't read "The Girl on the Train". (I've nothing to compare)

Yet, the blurp says 'enough', doesn't it? A standing room-only review! Speaks clearly!

As to WHY I read this book? My friends told me it was good! Yet--to be honest --I go back & forth about my thoughts of reading books like this
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
The plot sounded interesting enough with twins getting all mixed up, one of them dead but we aren't really sure which one. The setting was great, too, and we'll developed. It added another layer of suspense and horror to the book.

But, the book isn't written well. If you want to prove my point you can just read the beginning and end of each chapter and I guarantee you won't miss anything. There's a lot of stuff going on, but it's boring and doesn't add much to the mystery.

If there was no myster
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door and NetGalley.)

“She is Lydia.”

(These babies are soooooo cute!)

This is quite a haunting story about a woman who lost one of her identical twins, but wasn’t sure which twin had died and which twin was still alive.

I did feel sorry for Sarah in this story, as it must have been awful to lose a child. I did find it a little odd that she couldn’t tell her 6
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't understand this book. It starts off so well, especially when the creepiness sets in. But then I felt like things were being hammered into me. I thought, "OK, I get it. C'mon, not another chapter telling me the same thing." The problem is the book wasn't telling me what I needed to know. I have unanswered questions, and there are things that don't make sense to me. My biggest questions all seem to start with WHY? Now in hindsight, there are things that are implausible. The more I think ab ...more
You know those books you consider a "sure thing"? They're in a genre that's your sweet spot of book-liking; they get a lot of (recent-ish) 5 star reviews (including from your friends) that are sufficiently detailed you have confidence in their credibility. You've just finished a really demanding book and you're looking for a no-brainer, wonderful, "I can count on this to be a great read" experience for your next selection before you start another really demanding book? Yes, well. That was The Ic ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
The Ice Twins.

I wondered how the author came up with that title, now I know, and very apt it was too.

This story blew me away, I was glued to my Kindle reading this into the early hours of the morning.

It made me wonder, if gave birth to identical twins, not mirror images, exactly the same, how would I tell the difference? The author answered my long puzzled question in this book, it was well researched.

If one of the twins died, how would you know which one if they grew up pretending to be each o
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mummy, why do you keep calling me Kirstie?"
I say nothing. The silence is ringing. I speak: "Sorry sweetheart. What?"
"Why do you keep calling me Kirstie, Mummy? Kirstie is dead. It was Kirstie that died. I'm Lydia."

With these chilling words, Sarah Moorcroft's remaining twin tells her that she and her husband Angus may have made a terrible mistake about which twin they buried a year ago. Although Lydia and Kirstie were totally identical in their physical appearance, Lydia was shyer and quieter an
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad even gave them a nickname: the Ice Twins. Because they were born on the coldest, frostiest day of the year, with ice-blue eyes and snowy-blonde hair.

I admit I am quite picky when it comes to my psychological thrillers, but this one lived up the the rave reviews some of my GR friends were giving it. I often figure out the big reveal before the end, and am sorely disappointed.

This one surprised me.

Angus and Sarah Moorcraft are struggling to pick up the pieces after one of their beautiful tw
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Mystery, family, love, secrets, lies.

Guys, this book is INSANE.

Even a week after finishing this, it is still distracting me. I can't stop thinking about it.

The Ice Twins has a very mixed pace - it swing backwards and forwards between fast and slow, and I was never quite sure when that pace going to tip back in the other direction. The story is packed with twists and turns and one crazily unreliable narrator, I honestly had no idea what was happening at times.

I received a copy of this fo
I don't think I read the same book as most people, from the mostly 4 to 5 star reviews I'm seeing here.

This book wasn't a thriller. It wasn't scary. It was just words on a page.

But, oh, like so many novels with great concepts, the execution fell flat.

I mean, come on, a plot with kids or babies in it has the potential to be a good old fashioned scare. Thanks, the Shining! The Omen!

But I wasn't scared at all. I was too busy hating on the parents.

Ugly, resentful, mean people who, in real life, most
Dannii Elle
Angus and Sarah Moorcroft were once parents to identical twin daughters. So alike where they that even when one tragically dies the twin that remains is forced to forever see her dead sister in every reflective surface. But with such strong similarities between the two, how can their parents ever really be sure which daughter truly died and which one survived? The only guide to their truth lies in the fractured mind of a distraught six-year-old and the unreliable memories all share of that fatef ...more
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S.K.Tremayne’s novel “The Ice Twins” exhibits a pervading sense of menace. Not the overt kind of menace where the protagonist is feeling threatened by harm, but the insidious kind born of a mixture of mistrust, suspicion, social isolation and self-doubt.

The narrative contained many red herrings, with suspicion and doubt abounding. The story was told mostly from Sarah’s point of view, but some passages were from Gus’s viewpoint. The atmospher
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, free
What a tragic dark beginning. The death of a child, an identical twin in a horrible accident at 6 years of age. Horrors such as this can destroy the ones left behind, survivors guilt, what ifs and pain caused anger fueled by a massive fire burning lives into ashes. The fire is all consuming in this tale. I don’t enjoy watching people come undone, the suffering the blaming, it’s too painful. I didn’t enjoy the story but I loved the writing, excellent pacing and the suspense was dreadfully inte
One star, really - but there goes an extra one for the setting and the atmosphere. For the most part this was an enjoyable page-turner with an unnerving plot, but it fell extremely flat at the ending. The sudden switch from thriller/mystery to paranormal horror was done too abruptly and seemed very misplaced and unfitting.

Also, on a side note, the amount of misogyny and slut-shaming in this book was almost unbearable at times. The pseudonym doesn't really help it; it is clear that the character
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: pifm-winner
Rating 3.5

This book was a hard one for me to rate. Because I didn't dislike it, but I didn't love it either. Honestly, if I hadn't recently read Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton (which has a very similar setting and gothic atmosphere) I may have rated this book higher. But it was almost impossible not to compare the two. The storyline was captivating: 14 months after the death of one of Sarah and Angus' twin 7 year old daughters they think they got it wrong!!! It wasn't Lydia who died in the t
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Hello! I am S K Tremayne, but my true name is Sean Thomas.

I write books where real places become menacing, and where ordinary people experience something extraordinary.

Born in Devon, I now live in London, but I travel a lot in my second job as a journalist, sometimes visiting places which inspire the books. My first S K Tremayne thriller, THE ICE TWINS, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. T

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