Hey fellow bookworms!
I’m back from my summer holiday in Spain and have just finished writing my first review, which is about The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson.
At only eighteen years of age, Poppy and Serena were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate and scrutiny, the two glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and forced to go their separate ways and to lead very different lives.
Twenty years later, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while married mother-of-two Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past. But some secrets will not stay buried – and if theirs is revealed, their lives will start to unravel all over again . . .
Gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming, The Ice Cream Girls will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love.
Okay, so I’ll be honest, I picked up this book because I liked its cover. I didn’t really pay much attention to the blurb. Well, apart from the fact that one of the main characters has my name! With its fluffy, paste-coloured cover, The Ice Cream Girls screams summer book. However, it is actually quite the opposite. The Ice Cream Girls is more of a dark psychological thriller. It focuses on Serena and Poppy, who are forever haunted by the murder of a teacher (Marcus) they fell in love with over 20 years ago. While Poppy was found guilty and has been locked up in prison since, Serena has built a new life with her husband Evan and kids Verity and Conrad. When Poppy is finally released from prison, she is determined to hunt down Serena and set the record straight about what really happened to Marcus. Although Serena wants to keep the past in the past and not let it interfere with her happy life with Evan, secrets don’t stay buried for long…
The Ice Cream Girls is an amazing book. I raced through it, eager to find out who really killed Marcus. I was actually surprised at who it turned out to be – and I really wish they had come forward – though I guess the book wouldn’t have been the same if that were the case. I liked the way in which the book was laid out, with alternating chapters from Serena and Poppy’s perspectives. I was drawn into the lives of the two women, and could really understand what they were going through. I couldn’t believe how many people blamed them – and in that sense, the book is a bit unrealistic. However, from the flashback scenes, it is clear that Marcus was a really horrible man, and he deserved what happened to him 100 per cent.
Overall, The Ice Cream Girls is a disturbing, intense and thought-provoking novel that deals with domestic violence, obsession and first love. Dorothy Koomson has written a vivid page-turner that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Have you read The Ice Cream Girls or watched the TV adaptation? Let me know!