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November 13, 2014



Mummy, Mummy come quickly, Lydia has fallen

That’s when my life cracked open.

That’s when I lost my daughter.

That’s when everything went black.

Chilling in its intensity, this is one of Harper Fiction’s strongest voices for 2015. One of Sarah’s daughters died, but can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that poses the question that haunts every parent how well do you know your own children?

A year after one of their identical twin daughters Lydia dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorecraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces that shattered their lives. As winter encroaches Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work. Sarah starts to feel increasingly isolated as the only inhabitants of Angus, and their surviving daughter Kirstie is growing more disturbed, outcast by her classmates at her new school. When she claims her parents have mistaken her identity that she, in fact, is Lydia their world comes crashing down once again.

‘I am stalling. For the last two weeks I’ve called her darling’ and ‘Moomin and anything but her real name, because I am scared she will turn and give me her tranced, passive, blue-eyed stare and say

‘I’M Lydia. Not Kirstie. Kirstie is dead. One of us is dead.’

THE ICE TWINS 1st February 2015


‘I am stalling. For the last two weeks I’ve called her darling


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