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Lydia and Kirstie Moorcroft are identical twin sisters living in London. Their own parents, Angus and Sarah, would not be able to them apart, if not for their very different personalities: Lydia is introvert, a reader, her mother’s favorite, whereas Kirstie is the buoyant, mischievous one…

One fateful day, at their grandparents’ summer house, Lydia falls from the balcony and dies. The bereft parents decide to move to an island Angus inherited, not far from the isle of Skye. The place is remote and wild, battered by the elements, but they hope to renovate the long-abandonned cottage, escape the past and make a fresh start. Soon Kirstie starts acting strangely and pretends that she is Lydia, and that Kirstie died. For Sarah and Angus, the nightmare is just beginning…

The Ice Sisters is a very atmospheric and creepy thriller set in a desolate landscape. The narration shifts between the point of view of Sarah and Angus, which increases the suspense, since we quickly realise that Angus knows more than his wife about what happened the day of the accident. But does he really know the whole truth ? How many secrets and lies must still be unveiled?

The tension never lets up, until the final pages. The atmosphere, the isolation and the supernatural elements make it a spooky read. Strangely this thriller is more in the tradition of Nordic mysteries than British ones, reminding me of authors such as Johan Theorin or Yrsa Sigurdadottir.

In the kindle edition, there are pictures of the places described in the novel, including the inside of the house, which adds to the creepy effect. After learning that the author is also a travel writer, these pictures made sense…

Recommended novel but not for the faint of heart…