Monthly Archives: June 2015

BOOK REVIEW – The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins

Wow! This is a truly chilling, spine-tingler! I raced through it, and then towards the end tried to slow down as I didn’t want to finish it too quickly.

Angus and Sarah are still trying to get to grips with the tragic loss of one of their twin daughters. Lydia died a year ago, and her surviving twin Kirstie is struggling to manage in a world without her other half. She seems to be disappearing, and isn’t able to cope with anything now that she is on her own. Her behaviour becomes stranger and stranger, until she claims that actually she is Lydia and it was Kirstie who died!

As I became enthralled by Kirstie/Lydia, I fluctuated between feeling desperately sorry for her, and wondering whether she was possessed by an element of pure evil! And then there is that ever-lingering question of ‘what if?’ What if a mistake was made on the day of the accident? As increasing questions are revealed about what really happened on that dreadful day, we see a gradual unravelling in the already tenuous family dynamic between Sarah, Angus and Kirstie/Lydia.

The setting is perfect for a nail-biting scenario: a remote Scottish island, driving winds and rain, rolling mists.

This book contains the right elements to fit into more than one genre. It’s part psychological thriller with hints of drama, and then there’s just that touch of paranormal to make you check the cupboards and under the beds! Highly recommended.

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BOOK REVIEW – BLOG TOUR for A Way From Heart to Heart by Helena Fairfax

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Thank you so much to Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to join the blog tour for Helena Fairfax’s new book!

Kate (Katerina) Hemingway’s husband, journalist Stuart, has been killed in Afghanistan. Through the devastation and heartbreak of his loss she has created a safe circle, consisting of herself, her young son George and her best friend Orla. Once a month, Stuart’s best friend Paul comes to take George on an outing. Paul is also a journalist, but as opposed to the warm, friendly Stuart, he is cool, detached and unemotional.

After her difficult youth, Kate is passionate about the charity organisation she works with: At Home, a loving and supportive space for at-risk teenage girls. Her enthusiasm for her cause leads her to let her guard down enough to cautiously approach Paul for his help in promoting At Home. To her surprise, he is willing to go out of his way to do whatever he can to help, and leads her to think that there is every possibility that the façade Paul presents to the world isn’t necessarily indicative of the person he truly is.

This is a gentle, sensitive novel about loss, trust, strength and most of all, love. Kate and Paul are both so damaged by the loss of Stuart that there will always be a permanent, gaping hole in their lives where he should have been. But they struggle through their difficulties to prove that there is a way to love again, even after such an overwhelming loss, and even when Kate is so reluctant to allow herself to love someone for fear that she will once again lose them – a pain that she cannot suffer again. They’re both so likeable, and I found myself silently cheering them on – especially Paul, as he goes out of his way to prove himself and his sincerity to Kate.

One of the loudest, clearest messages that this book conveys is that our own perceptions and assumptions about people can lead us to completely misunderstand others, which leads to an automatic misreading of situations that we may find ourselves in with them. Instead of always presuming that we know how another person feels and how they are going to respond to us, we would learn and understand so much more if we just listened to them with an open heart and mind in order to know who they really are.

The title of the book – a way from heart to heart – comes from the Afghan proverb, literally meaning that love finds a way into another’s heart. If it is meant to be, then love will find a way for it to be.

This is a truly warm and enjoyable book, best read cuddled up somewhere cosy with your favourite comforts: tea or coffee, and enough chocolates and biscuits to see you through until you’ve finished reading!

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Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire. After many years working in factories and dark, satanic mills, Helena began writing full-time. Her first novel, The Silk Romance, was a contender for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme Award and a runner-up in the Global Ebook Awards, and her work in progress has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize 2015. When not writing, she walks the Yorkshire moors every day with her rescue dog, and finds this wild landscape the perfect place to dream up her stories.

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