First published in the summer of 2010, The Ice-Cream Girls is a suspense thriller of a novel penned by best-selling author, Dorothy Koomson.
It’s the late 1980’s and teenage school girls Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe get themselves involved in a horrific crime that will change their lives forever. Following police investigation, Poppy is sent to Prison, whilst Serena is cleared of all involvement and set free to live her life.
Years later, Poppy is released from Prison. As she is adamant that she was wrongly accused for the awful event that led to her being sent to Prison, Poppy is set on clearing her name. Serena on the other hand, is now a Wife and Mother; the life she now leads is a million miles away from the catastrophic times of her teenage years… However, as Poppy manages to track down Serena, both of their lives are set to collide, with horrendous circumstances.
Which one of the two women committed the deadly crime all those years ago, and will justice ever be served?
Most may recognise this title from its recent adaptation into ITV1’s mini drama series of the same name; if this is the case for you, take it from me – you definitely need to read this book. Be assured that upon starting this book, you will undoubtedly be sucked into this twist filled plot within the very first page.
This story is composed in such a way that it jumps back and forth over the years – both past and present – whilst at the same time, switching narrators between Poppy and Serena. This factor may be off-putting for some, yet have faith that all transitions within the pages of this book take place effortlessly.
In addition, as is clear from the outset, there are a number of extremely sensitive subject matters covered throughout this title; from beginning to end, each and every sensitive moment is dealt with and portrayed in such a way that makes reading this book a complete and utter joy.
If one thing is certain with regards to The Ice-Cream girls, it is this; once you begin your journey into this nail-biter of a suspense filled thriller, you will not be able to put it down until you reach its fascinating conclusion.