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Summary

As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed “The Ice Cream Girls” by the press and were dealt with by the courts.

Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while 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, everything will become a living hell 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.

©2010 Dorothy Koomson (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"Another moving and thought-provoking read, this lives up to expectations" ( Cosmopolitan)
"Absolutely fantastic. From the first page you'll be desperate to know exactly what happened" ( Sun)
"Incredibly gripping" ( Now)

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Another Cracking Dorothy Koomson Listen

I love Dorothy Koomson, but this is her best yet. The characters are just so believable and REAL. The story weaves back and forth in time, but it is done so well that the listener never loses track - I always knew at what point we were in each of those people's lives all the time.

Because the characters are so honest, even if they are not doing the right thing, I had an emotional connection to them and was willing them to come through in the end.

I understand that The Ice Cream Girls has recently been on TV, so many of you may know the final twist. I was in the middle of listening when I found this out so I made my friends who had seen it keep schtum!

It was worth the wait.

One last comment: The narrators are absolutely excellent. If you've listened to Dorothy Koomson before, you will be familiar with Adjoa Andoh, an exceptionally good narrator. Her skills are complimented beautifully by Julie Maisey and Sean Barrett. They bring all the characters to life in a lovely, recognisably clear way so you always know who you are listening to.

Enjoy!

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Do not judge a book by its cover or title


This book was an excellent listen, it dealt empathetically and realistically with the storyline of abuse and why women stay in an abusives realationship and feel powerless to change their destiny.
Also a wake up call to make sure you always keep the lines of communication open with your children.

Unfortunately the cover and title made it look like light chic lit, which is a shame as it is so much more.

It had a good gentle twist at the end that made me a wee bit cross, but also put a smile on my face as it was the correct ending.

Think I might look out for another Koomson book, lets just hope she has found a better illustrator and editor, for the cover.

Finally great narration by one of my favourite narrators Adjoa Andoh.

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Very depressing and unrewarding

I found this book very depressing, and I guessed the culprit very early on. There were two female narrators, but their voices sounded the same to me. It was also very repetitive. I'm sorry I bothered with it.

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Absolutely unputdownable

I devoured this in three days, resenting anything I was doing that wasn't listening to it. The dog had a lot of three hour walks! It's absolutely gripping, keeps the mystery going until literally the last minutes and is full of 'what would I do' situations. Subtle, clever and very well- written and performed.
Enjoy!

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Slow, nail-biting novel….

This is a chilling story about two girls entangled in a terrible abuse situation…a subject that we hear about too often in the news these days. I enjoyed this listen very much, in the way it kept me desperately wanting to get to the end to find out what actually happened! But unfortunately, when I finally got there, the end was not what I wished it to be…it was rather a little bit of an anti-climax really. But still, wonderfully written, and wonderfully narrated.

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Interesting Read

What made the experience of listening to The Ice Cream Girls the most enjoyable?

I like the fact that three narrators were used for this book which helped to separate the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ice Cream Girls?

It was an interesting story about a controlling inappropriate relationship.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The author managed to allow the listener to feel empathy for both characters and to somewhat answer the obvious questions as to why these girls would stay with such a pers.

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Interesting read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definately recommend this book. The story is cripping and the depictions of the two girls/women were extremely well done. Solving the crime itself is not necessarily the center of this book but rather its reasons and consequences. Also the performance was great, I was really sucked into the story because of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ice Cream Girls?

The discussions in the cafe between the two women and the desperation of both of them in the web of misunderstandings and fear.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It really helped me to follow the story and not confuse the two characters as would normally easily happen to me. It enabled for me to enjoy the story more (English is not my mother tongue).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The events in hospital after Serena's accident.

Any additional comments?

Great book, I'm happy to have chosen it.

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Found it frustrating

The characters have depth. The abusive storyline is harrowing but I found it went on and on a bit and I just wanted to know what had happened on the night. I can’t understand how this man who had a history of grooming girls had been upheld as faultless and it sounded like terrible police work. Did they not look into the injuries and the behaviour of the girls over a sustained time? It was all a bit too depressing. Also the lack of belief from families. It was maybe a bit too real and gritty for me.

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Superb

Ice Cream Girls

I bought this book because I received a copy of All My Lies Are True from Netgalley, not realising it is the sequel to this book. So I decided to listen to this first!

What an amazing book. The subject matter is dark, dealing with grooming and abuse and was difficult to listen to in parts. The story is told from the POV of Serena and Poppy in the past and present. As their story unfolds I couldn't work out who killed, Marcus (who got what he deserved!). The horrific abuse the girls suffered at his hands was gradually revealed with many twists and turns and a shocking conclusion which took my breath away!

The book is so well written and expertly plotted. The characters, especially Serena and Poppy, are realistic and I loved them equally even though they are very different, and cared what happened to them. Now I can't wait to listen to the sequel!

The two narrators, Julie Maisey and Adjoa Andoh, do an astounding job and really got into the characters they were playing. An amazing audiobook!

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Love Ice Cream?

Excellent story, the tv series didn’t do this book justice. You MUST get this book!!

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The Ice cream Girls is a wonderful engaging story!

What did you love best about The Ice Cream Girls?

The characters are well rounded and this story is hard to turn off. A frightening account of how teenagers are so easily drawn into a destructive relationship with their teacher who is twice their age and a sadistic psychopath. The narrators brought it to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both girls were my favourites as they were compelling in the unfolding of the story.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Their voices and the clarity and emotion they brought to their parts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I felt chilled as I come from Brighton.

Any additional comments?

A great surprise story! So glad I came across it.

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