Book Review: The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

Synopsis

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.

Review

A totally gripping mystery and a powerful narrative and story. I could not put this down. This novel tackles some very strong themes of abuse from a time when society was not so aware of the exploitation of teenagers. It’s impossible to read this book without having a visceral reaction to the characters and their experience. Koomson writes to engross you from the first page.

Although I had guessed correctly who the killer was, this is a very well written and absorbing read. I cannot recommend this enough.

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