Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Lovely British Suspense Novels

Idgie Says:
A great suspense novel about a family who has had the horror of one of their identical twins dying in an accident, tearing the family apart.   The husband disappears into a life of drinking and the wife tries desperately to hang on to normalcy.  But then the remaining daughter starts to insist she is actually the daughter that died and that the parents have confused them.  Her personality starts to slowly  morph into the other girl's and even the dog begin to treat her more in the manner it treated the dead girl. 

Could they be mistaken?  What is going on?  

Things don't help when to save money they move to an abandoned island, taking on an old inherited house, cut off from the world.  

Many twists and turns in this book, with a very unexpected ending!

The Ice Twins
S.K. Tremayne
Grand Central Publishing
May 19 2015

Book Description:
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.

Idgie Says:
This is a lovely English suspense story where a woman quite on her own and not sure who to trust suddenly finds herself embroiled in a 20 year possible murder mystery - that could end up affecting herself and her child if she's not careful.  Who can she trust - and really, should she just keep her head down and pretend to know nothing?

As the bodies begin to be discovered via newspaper obituaries in addition to actual bodies in the woods, the mystery takes a very ugly turn.  Who is killing people from an event that happened 20 years ago, why are they doing it, and who is next?

The Child Garden
Catriona McPherson
Hardcover: 336 pages
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2015)
Book Description:

Eden was its name. "An alternative school for happy children." But it closed in disgrace after a student's suicide. Now it's a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives there in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn't hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak—it was murder, they say.

Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.