Lydia and Kirstie Moorcroft are monozygotic twins – inseparable and very difficult to tell apart – until one day, Lydia is killed in a tragic accident. We meet Kirstie and her parents, Angus and Sarah fourteen months later, as they move to a remote Scottish island in a bid to piece their lives back together. One day, Kirstie asks Sarah, “Why do you keep calling me Kirstie? Kirstie died. I’m Lydia.”, and the family’s lives are thrown into turmoil once more. Is it possible that Sarah and Angus mistakenly identified the twin who died? What really happened on the night of the accident?
Kirstie’s assertion that her parents misidentified Lydia on the night of her death happens in the first chapter, and from this point onwards, The Ice Twins is full of mystery and tension. I found it difficult to imagine how it could be possible that the Moorcroft family could be grieving the wrong twin, but rather than disconnecting me from the novel as it might have done, this drew me in as I wanted to find out more. There are elements of the supernatural in the novel, which increased my intrigue in the character of the surviving twin, particularly as it highlighted her vulnerability and allowed me to empathise with her. The Ice Twins has several twists as it develops, which engaged me further, and kept me reading – on the edge of my seat – until the very end.
The Ice Twins is set on a Hebridean island, which Tremayne describes in great detail using beautiful language. This gave the novel a strong sense of place, which helped me to become immersed in the environment in which it is set, and therefore fully engaged in the story Tremayne is telling.
Beyond the main plot of The Ice Twins, Tremayne raises questions about issues such as sibling rivalry, relationships and infidelity. These are important subjects, and their presence in the novel helped me to relate more to it, as they are themes that I can recognise in my own life. However, at times, I felt that the sub-plots became too intricate, and as a result, they distracted me from the main plot and made it difficult to follow.
Overall, I would recommend The Ice Twins to other readers, as I found the concepts within it very interesting, explored through poetic language and relatable characters.
The Ice Twins is available on Amazon.