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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145550713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455507139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Ice Cream Girls...An intricate tragedy of seduction and abuse, the loss of self and family, and the agonizing path to redemption and absolution. I couldn't put it down. Neither will you."—Antoinette Van Heugten, author of Saving Max on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"A thought-provoking and moving tale about murder, betrayal and life-shattering secrets."—Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Obsession on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"I truly enjoyed this suspenseful story filled with tragedy, but ending with major triumph. There were so many moments when I held my breath - the scenes were so vivid, I felt as if I was right there experiencing all of their pain and mind control. It was a story that I didn't want to put down, and I completely loved the ending. This is a writer that I will be sure to follow."—Victoria Christopher Murray, bestselling author on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"The plot is brilliantly constructed to turn full circle, yet it never seems contrived. The dialogue crackles with tension, with not a syllable out of place. Alice Sebold impressed me with her imaginative realism in the memorable The Lovely Bones; in my view Dorothy Koomson 's imagination and empathy for her characters, trapped into the chilling fall-out of tragic events, is even stronger."— on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"The first book of the year that's got out hearts racing, our minds boggling and us page-turning like there's no tomorrow. Flirty, frothy chick-lit this isn't - instead, grab a box of tissues and prepare not to surface out into the real world for a day or two..."—Heat on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"Koomson takes the story to the darkest of places, creating a masterpiece of manipulation, that builds layer by chilling layer to an outstanding climax that will make you - and your goosebumps - shudder."—Daily Record on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"Goodnight, Beautiful was Cosmo's favourite book of 2008, so we were beyond excited when Dorothy Koomson's latest novel landed on our desk. Another moving and thought-provoking read, this lives up to expectations."—Cosmopolitan on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"A fast paced, gritty and exhilarating read."—Hot Stars on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"A shocking tale of brutality and betrayal, shattered childhood and hidden truths that the reader, like Poppy and Serena, will strive to understand - and come to realise that sometimes the most powerful secrets are taken to the grave."—Take a Break on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"Gritty and realistic, it mixes crime, drama and romance - the best women's fiction of the year so far."—Candis on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

"The Ice Cream Girls is one of the most cleverly crafted novels that I have read for a long time... This is a psychological thriller that gripped me from page one and kept me hooked until the very last page. A compelling and often breathtaking read with a unique storyline and fantastic characters - I can't recommend this highly enough."— on THE ICE CREAM GIRLS

About the Author

Dorothy Koomson wrote her first (unpublished) novel when she was 13 - and has been making up stories ever since. As a journalist she has written for several publications including The Guardian, New Woman and Cosmo. Her seven novels have all spent several weeks on the bestseller lists and have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

For more information on Dorothy, please visit her website at

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I really enjoyed this story, the characters were real and gritty, and I appreciated the slight twist at the end.
I did not want to finish the book. can,t with to read another of her books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
The 1989 Daily News Chronicle contains an article about The Ice Cream Girls (teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe) standing trial for the murder of their popular history teacher Marcus Halnsey. Both deny torturing and stabbing to death Halnsey who abused both of his students, warned them to remain silent or else; while also saying he loved them. Poppy was convicted of the homicide and went to prison while Serena was acquitted and set free.

Over two decades later, Poppy is released from prison. All this time behind bars she had one goal: to prove her innocence. Poppy seeks Serena to force her to tell the truth as to what happened in 1989, but the girl, who was never her friend in spite of the media lies to the contrary, vanished.

Serena is married to Dr. Evan Gillmaire. They have two children and though she is happy, Serena lives in fear that her notoriety will surface and cost her family as she has never been able to tell Evan the truth even while she believes Poppy was the killer.

Rotating perspective between the title characters in different time periods, The Ice Cream Girls is an exciting psychological suspense that grips the reader with a need to know what happened in the 1980s and what will occur as obsessed Poppy stalks family woman Serena. Both remains haunted by Marcus as neither fully moved on. The media hangs the two teens as Lolita while ignoring an adult in a mentoring position having sex with both of them and the court follows the news frenzied lead seems wrong but feels hypocritically honest. Fans will enjoy this taut thriller while wondering who killed the popular teacher.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blackbeauty on September 6, 2012
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Enjoyed this book would recommend this book to others it was a great story line. This book keeps you thinking
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader Girl on June 10, 2012
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I thought the story line was good but it just didn't quite deliver. The story felt drawn out in some parts, but not enough detail in others. It was also weird how the characters had these intense obsessions they couldn't let go for many years and in the end, everything was just ok. I wouldn't read it again but it was a decent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine Frost on April 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was not what I expected. The combination of the cover illustration and the title led me to believe it was a chick lit 'sex and shopping' novel. I have nothing against sex and shopping novels by the way. They are a necessary indulgence from time to time. This book, however, addresses the very serious topic of the sexual abuse of children - in this case by a trusted teacher. It was an interesting idea for a story - with the tangled involvement of two teenagers with one twisted man and the mystery of what actually happened on the day of the murder.

But the book has such huge implausibilities. Serena Gorringe is not a common name. Clearly the case of the 'ice cream girls' received huge press attention, and during the time of the trial 'Serena Gorringe' would have become a household name - in the same way as 'Myra Hindley', for example. So how was she able to enrol in university, meet her husband and be married for 20 years without her husband twigging about her identity? Surely she would have had to change her name to conceal her identity from anyone she met subsequent to the trial? This glaring plot hole troubled me the entire novel; I kept waiting for an explanation - for example, perhaps her husband had been living abroad during the entire time of the trial. But no, his lack of memory regarding the famous case was never explained. And yet, during the story, Serena describes a traffic policeman recognizing her when he stopped her for speeding!

As other reviewers have commented, it is difficult to understand how the parents of either girl failed to notice their behaviour changes - not to mention frequent injuries! Are we to believe that hospitals do not contact the parents of young girls appearing at A&E with bruising, broken ribs etc?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lena R on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a long-time Dorothy Koomson fan ever since I chanced upon My Best Friend's Girl some years ago and have read every one of her books since. The way she writes, I always manage to feel a connection with the characters and also always end up completely invested in their stories. Dorothy Koomson doesn't write frivolous chick lit, her books usually incorporate real life matters and the way her prose is written, it comes across very believable to me. On that note, let's get into this book. Of late, Dorothy Koomson has been getting a tad darker with the subject matter. This one touches upon the very real issue of abusive relationships - it delves into the hows and whats and the repercussions which affect not only those involved but that of those close to them as well. It didn't sugar coat the abuse, be it emotional or physical, and let me just say, this book wasn't shy about it, I admit to being sickened by what happens/happened to the two girls who are equal protagonists in this book. At one point, I even stopped reading it because I found myself so disturbed by each new revelation. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the writing is sensationalizing abuse in some over-the-top way; it's more that it was written, in my opinion, in such a realistic way I could completely believe this happened to someone. I did pick it up again cos I had to know what would become of The Ice Cream Girls. And I was happy I did. There's always some kind of hopeful resolution at the end of Dorothy Koomson's books and though I did love the understanding the two women came to at the end, I did not like how a certain character came away relatively unscathed for it's this person's actions that completely spirals the lives of both Poppy and Serena but life isn't fair, is it? Character-wise, I was on Team Poppy. Why? I think she got the raw end of the deal...hopefully this doesn't give anything away :)
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