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The Ice Cream Girls

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,360 ratings  ·  797 reviews
As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts.

Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published 2010 by Sphere
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this a long time ago.
I remember liking it.
I do remember the storyline but not the ending.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don’t be fooled by the cute pastel cover on this one. It isn’t the light summery girly friendship story that I was expecting. In fact, it is probably one of the darkest reads I have read in a long time and Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe are certainly not friends but love rivals. The object of their love is Marcus, an older man and Serena’s teacher.

This is a story of two young naïve girls who are reeled in by Marcus, a predator of the first order in this story of seduction, first love,
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Literary Fiction, fans of character studies, mystery fans.
“I did not know that when you drop a stone of a stupid choice in the pool of your life, it can cause a tidal wave to surge outwards, destroying everyone and everything in its path.”
― Dorothy Koomson, The Ice Cream Girls

Everyone has heard of them. Have you? The notorious young "Ice Cream girls". Not more then kids really. So young. They are flashy, they are wild and rebellious.

And they are murderers.

At least one of them is according to the courts. Poppy and Selena were tried. One was sent to
Tea Jovanović
Dorothy Koomson's masterpiece! I fell in love with her writing with "My Best Friend's Girl" I and was acquiring Serbian editor of that novel...
This title, despite the chick-lit covers, is serious book, having serious theme of child abuse, murder, and impact on lives of two girls and their families... Perfectly researched topic and masterfully written!
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
I could NOT put this book down.
So different to Dorothy Koomson's other books but her best book in my opinion.

I love the characters of Serena and Poppy, and is a shame they couldnt stand each other because they are so alike.
Serena was a very strong character, much stronger than Poppy at times. But I did prefer Poppy. She went through a lot despite being innocent. And in the end it was good to see her "catch a break" as far as her personal life went.

Marcus was scum of the earth and he deserved
Barbara Elsborg
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Dale Harcombe
Two and a half stars. I debated for a long while over a rating for this. In the end I gave it two and a half stars because it was okay but I couldn’t say I liked it. That no doubt has a lot to do with the subject matter. Serena and Poppy stand trial for the torture and murder of Marcus, an ex teacher. Poppy is convicted of the murder and gets sentenced while Serena does not. However she still lives each day with what happened and the secret she has kept from her husband.
While it kept me reading,
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson was an interesting and easy to read novel.
As School girls Poppy and Serena were the only witnesses to a tragic event. They both end up in different ways paying the price and become known as the Ice Cream Girls. Years later Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what happened while Serena wants no one in her present life to find out about her past. But secrets have a habit of coming back to haunt and this is certainly the case for the Ice Cream
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Ice Cream Girls is one of the most cleverly crafted novels that I have read for a long time. It would be so easy to judge this book by it's cover and assume that it's going to be frothy chick-lit - don't fall for the cover - this is a psychological thriller that gripped me from page one and kept me hooked until the very last page.
The story is narrated in turns by Serena and Poppy - the 'Ice Cream Girls' of the title. Serena and Poppy were never friends but their lives have been linked
The cover and title, which both suggest a fluffy chick-lit book, didn't attract me to this (I'm really annoyed that I now have to have those hated pastel colours messing up my 2011 Reading Challenge page); but I'd gathered from several sources that it was actually a gripping thriller, and from all I'd heard and read about it, I was intrigued enough to pick it up when I spotted it in the library. The Ice Cream Girls - the title referring to a nickname bestowed upon the main characters by the ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-books
I think Dorothy Koomson has an extraordinary talent and an incredible originality when she writes her books. I real all her books and to be honest I prefer when she writes something that can be considered a policial or near it (as this book). I think she can create the perfect world and the perfect characters when she writes one and she never forget the romance and this special thing that I couldn't still understand what is but that makes her books perfect.

- First of all, the plot. Complex, full
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I really did not like reading this book. As an American I found it hard to believe because the press, in fact the whole case was ridiculous. I'm no expert on the American justice system but USUALLY what happens over here is in a case where an adult is sleeping with a teenager (minor), it's considered rape. People do not immediately jump to the conclusion that the teenager SEDUCED the GROWN MAN/WOMAN. And yet that is exactly what happens in The Ice Cream Girls. The press is slimy and the courts ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended Dorothy Koomson so when I saw this at the library I grabbed it without reading the blurb. Seduced by the pretty pastel cover I was shocked at the opening page. Shocked but totally hooked! It’s not a book you actually enjoy reading due to the subject matter but it’s one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read for a while. I did guess the ending though!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My! What a book! Although I've read a lot of good books recently, nothing comes close to this! This really was one of those books that it's very hard to put down. I had to know what happened!

This book teases you by telling the story of two girls who were accused of killing a teacher. Poppy went to prison for his murder, Serena was found innocent. The press painted them out to be 'The Ice Cream Girls', two young seductresses who tortured and killed Marcus for fun.

The truth is far from this.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After the murder of teacher Marcus Halnsley, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe find themselves suddenly in the glare of the worlds’ media. Poppy ends up convicted of the crime and gets life in prison whereas Serena gets to walk free. Years later Poppy gets released from prison and is determined to clear her name and get Serena to confess to killing Marcus. Serena, however, wants to keep the past firmly where it is: in the past as she never actually got around to telling her husband Evan about ...more
Annemarie Farthing
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
'He had me so convinced of my worthlessness, my ability to exist without him'
Now that is some quote!
What a surprise at the end though!
Mums: watch your darling daughters!
Bill Kupersmith
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: me-emma
According to the media & the prosecution, a popular teacher was murdered twenty years ago by two teenage girls who were photographed kissing & eating ice cream, hence the title of this book. One of them, Serena, was acquitted & is now married to a doctor & the mother of two children. The other girl, Poppy, was convicted & sent to prison for life & has just been released on licence. In fact, the teacher Marcus was a total sadistic sleaze who seduced & abused first ...more
Miriam Smith
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would have been a five star read for me as I was fully engrossed from the first page, I just found a couple of things rather unbelievable and unrealistic and although it is a work of fiction, it had me overthinking these parts. However, I loved the story and how it was told and I will certainly read more by this author again.
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Despite the appearance of the cover (which although it didn’t put me off, I am convinced that it will disuade others from even picking it up to read the blurb on the back) this is more pyschological thriller than chicklit.

The Ice Cream Girls has two narrators: Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle. The book starts with a newspaper clipping reporting the story of the trial of two teenage girls accused of the murder of history teacher who is reported to have been the victim of a jealous school girl
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
I think this is more of a 2.5 but, when I finished my boyfriend asked "was it good" and I just replied, "it was ok". Which disappointed me, because after reading the back, and the first few chapters it started off really good and I was gripped. But it lost a bit of it's charm, it was a tough subject, domestic violence, abuse, murder which I felt was handled really well. I can't Quite put my finger on what spoiled it for me.

The story was told through the eyes of the two 'Ice Cream Girls' Poppy
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was essentially about 2 young girls, Poppy and Serena, who were abused and taken advantage of by a sick and predatory older man. He wound up dead having suffered a fatal stab wound to the heart and one girls ends up serving 20 years for it. This is my problem- despite the failings of our Criminal justice system I fail to believe that the media and courts would have been so quick to paint the deceased as the victims nad the two teenagers as partner's in ...more
Julia Ibbotson
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A little disappointed as I had read a couple of other Dorothy Koomson and loved them (especially Rose Petal Beach). I love psychological thrillers, but this one was somewhat hard to swallow in its implausibility. The whole plot rests on the accusation that two young teenage girls had been tried for the murder of a respected teacher some years previously. However they were underage when the abuse began and therefore the trial is odd; surely mitigating circumstances would have played a major part? ...more
Razvan Banciu
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably this novel is one of the most misleading ones when we speak about titles, as I've rarerly seen such a tough, rough and sad book, almost to its ultimate letters. The story is about little mistakes which are paid too dearly, about life in couples, about truth and more or less innocent lies, and most of all, about fear. Characters are alive, their moves are the consequence of their former mishaps, the final sweetens somehow the state of affairs, but some questions remain to be answered.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
What a horrifying and disturbing backstory! While the narrative style is easy to read, the story itself is anything but. I got annoyed at parts (view spoiler) but the two female protagonists were shaped right in front of my eyes and I kept reading, hungry for more information.

I have to say that this book should
Linda Boyd
I enjoyed this book even though the subject matter is disturbing. Poppy Carlisle & Serena Gorrings met each other during their teen years. Poppy & Serena were the only witnesses to a high profile murder. Several years later Poppy looks for Serena to set the record straight as to what happened to them several years ago. Poppy remembers the story one way and of course Serena remembers it another. Their lives have turned out differently and Poppy needs Serena "tell the truth" about what ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would give 4.5 stars if that was an option as I have to take off the half because I felt quite ill in the abuse scenes...I guess that's all credit to Ms Koomson for being able to make you feel that way. She is an amazing writer and it was a real page turner towards the end. Hard to acknowledge that this actually goes on let alone write about it with such clarity and depth of understanding.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-books
I am in awe of Koomson. This book was compelling right from the start. Its subject matter- of domestic violence and manipulation- is tough; however, Koomson explores the psychological effects of it all with understanding and at the same time has you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out how it is all resolved.
Ali Bookworm
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it only took me 3 days to read as had trouble sleeping. I didnt watch the TV series but I vaguely remember bits. I was surprised at the ending too.
Nope, nope, NOPE. To quote Turk from Scrubs: "No, it can't go down like that! It just can't go down like that!" I did not spend 13.5 hours listening to the audio book for that ending.

Major spoilers ahead. I'm serious, I spoil the plot and the ending. Don't open if you plan on reading this book.
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