The Ice Twins
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 summary was better than the book was. Don’t get me wrong, I had moments of enjoyment in the book because I did give it three stars but the I was super intrigued by the summary and only somewhat satisfied with the book.
The biggest reason for this was that I absolutely loathed the main protagonist, Sarah. I think we were, at first, supposed to see her as a sympathetic figure because of the loss she sustained but good gracious, my sympathy did not last long. She was overbearing, overwhelming, self righteous, and just shitty, to be blunt. Every single time the book threw back to her, I groaned because I did not want to read her inner thoughts on how she was so maligned and mistreated and just right right right about everything.
The actual plot of the book was okay. It had been talked up as an intense psychological thriller and while there were facets of that, I kind of saw the eventual denouement coming from a mile away. There were some good twists and I did fall for one particular plot point (for a few chapters) but there weren’t any huge surprises and I wasn’t left with any particular tension either.
There were also some weird grammatical things that sometimes made me pause, stare and thus, tossed me right out of what was happening. There were commas in wrong places and the semi colon was both overused and misused a lot.
The one thing I did really enjoy was the setting. It sounded absolutely beautiful and I did like how it was almost like a secondary character in how often the wind, water, and weather came into play. It made me want to take a trip there though I wouldn’t have to worry about a horrible protagonist in my ear.