It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake.
The police scramble for clues. A local woman, Jenny, has had visions of what happened the night of the murder. But Jenny is an exhausted new mother, whose midnight wanderings pull her ever closer to the lake. Can Jenny be trusted? What does she really know?
Then another girl goes missing. Neighbour turns against neighbour, and Jenny has no idea who to believe. As Christmas Eve approaches, Jenny discovers a secret about her past – and why she could be key to everything…
Under the Ice was a perfect wintry read, pacy and addictive with an intriguing mystery element and a sympathetic character in Jenny, a new mother who appears to be battling ghosts as well as the sleep deprivation that comes attached to a new baby…
The writing is beautifully immersive as we jump between Jenny, sleepwalking towards clues and the police investigation which ultimately focuses back on Jenny. It is tense and atmospheric, with a missing child’s life at stake and a snowy, chilly backdrop that makes you shiver.
The setting of St Albans is beautifully described giving an excellent sense of place and Under the Ice is unpredictable and highly readable, very creepy in places,with a cleverly done finale.
Very much enjoyed it. Recommended.