The Ice Twins

A Novel


By S.K. Tremayne

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In the tradition of The Girl on the Train comes the UK bestseller The Ice Twins, a terrifying psychological thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Gillian Flynn.

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 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, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.

  • "'The Ice Twins' is by turns a thriller, a mystery and a ghost story. Tremayne, the pseudonym for a London journalist and best-selling novelist, melds all these ingredients, coming up with enough twists, insights and chilly moments to make the story his - or her? - own and to keep a hungry reader savoring every spoonful. . . . A story set on an island known informally as Thunder deserves a thundering finish, which Tremayne deftly serves up, along with a touching coda that would play well on film."
    Washington Post
  • "The family Moorcroft has taken up residence in a remote corner of Scotland not unlike The Shining's isolated Colorado mountains. It's a suitably eerie setting for the haunting incidents that transpire after one of the family's 6-year-old identical twins falls to her death."
    O Magazine, "The Season's Best Mysteries and Thrillers"
  • "Will have you binge-reading to the end."
  • "The death of one of the twin daughters of Sarah and Angus Moorcroft jump-starts this superb tale...Tremayne effectively delivers a psychological gothic thriller with supernatural overtones while avoiding clichés. Grief's debilitating effects on children and adults further elevate this gripping story."
    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • "The chilling story of the death of one identical twin sister and the effect that it has on her family. . . . Filled with secrets and lies, this gripping psychological thriller will keep readers absorbed until the final page."
    Library Journal
  • "Tremayne (a pseudonym) does a terrific job of building suspense until events reach their climax in the midst of a violent storm."
    Library Journal
  • "Unbearably gripping and suspenseful."
    Sophie Hannah, internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Dead Lie Down
  • "Richly evocative and profoundly eerie, The Ice Twins is a mesmerizing story of grief, loss and betrayal set against a backdrop that's as beautiful as it is haunted, just like the tragic family at the story's center."
    Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia
  • "The next Gone Girl . . . [An] eerie literary spine-chiller."
    Sunday Times Travel Magazine (U.K.)
  • "With its creepy premise and bleak but beautiful settings, S. K. Tremayne has created a haunting, powerful thriller."
    Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
  • "Chilling and utterly compulsive . . . As the action plays out in the claustrophobic confines of the cold, creepy island, it builds to an incredibly tense and shiver inducing conclusion."
    The Sunday Mirror (UK)
  • "Very eerie."
    Marie Claire (UK)
  • "A tense psychological thriller that builds with every page."
    The Sunday Post (UK)
  • "Stunning."
    The Mail on Sunday (UK)
  • "Beautiful paced, teeming with psychological shivers, The Ice Twins is a notable debut."
    The Times (UK)
  • "The Ice Twins has grip, pace and bags of atmosphere... It also has one of the cleverest endings of recent thrillers."
    Sunday Times (UK)
  • "Strange and moving.... complex and dramatic... The advantages and hardships of island life are well depicted and the Gothic old is suitably creepy."
    Sunday Herald (UK)
  • "A knife-sharp debut thriller . . . Gripping, sad and desperately poignant, this is a debut to die for."
    The Daily Mail (UK)

On Sale
Apr 26, 2016
Page Count
320 pages

S.K. Tremayne

About the Author

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist, award-winning travel writer, and regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. The author has two daughters and lives in London.

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