The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson, narrated by Robin Miles, Charlotte Parry, and Tim Gerard Reynolds
Published in audio by Recorded Books; published in print by Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette
The only thing that Serena wants is for nobody to find out about her infamous past. She has a lot to lose: a good job, a husband, two children. At least she has a life, though, Poppy, recently released from prison, has nothing. Their lives could not be more different, but they do share something important: having been accused, as teenagers, of the violent murder of the man who was sleeping with both of them. Now that Poppy is out of jail, all she wants is to clear her name, even if she has to drag Serena down to do it.
Thoughts on the story:
The Ice Cream Girls was a slow start for me, but as soon as Koomson started divulging information about Serena and Poppy and their affairs with Marcus – a man who is initially Serena’s teacher – I became drawn into the train wreck that was those relationships. It is, at times, almost painful to see how Marcus draws the girls in and tightens the metaphorical noose around their necks. In the novel’s present, the most compelling thing is Serena’s fear of losing her family and the life she has created.
Thoughts on the audio production:
Both Robin Miles and Charlotte Parry did a good job with this narration, although Miles’s performance is the more poignant of the two. Tim Gerard Reynolds, however, seems completely miscast as Marcus. Marcus comes across throughout the book as smart and slick, able to tamp down his more brutal tendencies when it best suits him. Reynolds’s performance portrays him as gruff and mean, and seems to completely ignore his more suave tendencies. Luckily, Reynolds is really just a cameo appearance for the last ten minutes or so of the audio.
The Ice Cream Girls is a very compelling book with good narration, but parents of teenage girls – or anyone who has been in an abusive relationship – may want to approach with caution.
For more information, see my review for Audiofile Magazine.
Source: Audiofile Magazine.
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