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The Ice Marathon [Kindle Edition]

Rosen Trevithick
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A one night stand.
A gross betrayal.
Every mother’s worst nightmare.

When Simon and Emma first meet, they find each other intolerable and are stunned when an angry row turns into sex.

The resultant pregnancy shocks them further. However, only days after giving birth, Emma falls critically ill. With Simon on an Antarctic expedition, Emma entrusts baby Joseph to her ‘in-laws’. On her recovery, she waits anxiously for them to bring him home, but when her father-in-law arrives alone, she knows that something is seriously wrong.

Is the distance between Emma and Simon purely geographical? Will Simon’s return be the key to reuniting mother and son, or is Simon integral to baby Joseph’s disappearance?

A novella by number 1 bestselling author, Rosen Trevithick. ~33,000 words.

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  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFE286A
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done December 12, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of Emma, a young woman of 30-ish, who suffers from bi-polar disorder but who manages it with medication. She is set up with a date by her flatmate and the two of them don't get on. The evening (or early next morning) ends with a brutal but mutual sex act which results in her pregnancy. To save the baby from harm, Emma has to give up her lithium which keeps the disorder at bay. Emma and Simon get together again in an off and on way and I really found I wanted to know what happened.

To me, the clever part of this story is that it is a first person narration by Emma and we see her bipolar disorder begin to creep up on her. Because she is telling us about it, we can see her rationale for her over-excited, hysterical behaviour, all the reasoning behind her fear and despair. We know where things are heading before she does. If this were described in the third person we'd only see the results, not the reasoning. This aspect is extremely well done. I also found some of the writing very funny - even in desperate situations, Rosen Trevithick can pull a funny out and I found myself highlighting a phrase or two that made me giggle.

There's an exciting and ultimately satisfying ending to this story. Very enjoyable.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended November 30, 2012
By ElaineG
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extremely well written sinister tale that stayed with me after I finished reading it and had me pondering in the middle of the night, wondering whether it "really could happen like that". It is a very quick read, with the story moving on at a very good pace and by the time the main events unfold the author puts you right inside the head of Emma, a new mother, and you are with her every step of the way, sharing her fears, anguish and paranoia over who she can and cannot trust. It is extremely hard to review without giving any of the story away, but I think any mother will certainly identify with Emma, as it does evoke memories of those early days of motherhood and the strong feelings of protectiveness towards your child that wash over you, especially when its your first born. The only thing I will say about the plot that isn't in the product description is that Emma suffers from a mental health problem, which is handled very sensitively and in the tale, giving the reader a really good, realistic glimpse into how it must feel during episodes of illness and having to try and cope with daily life at the same time.

There is one graphic scene of rather rough sex in the book, which had me open mouthed at one point, and I didn't think much surprised me anymore but I think it was because I wasn't expecting it from this particular author, having read quite a bit of her work already - although I do still have a couple of her books in my TBR pile. It definitely isn't Pompomberry House - it is a a lot darker and much more sinister read.

Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another page turner December 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really must have words with Ms Trevithick about this - I keep starting her stories, with the intention of reading a few pages before I must do something else, such as sleeping, eating or work, and then finding I can't put the damn story down.

This is another page turner from Rosen. The characterization is spot on, the pace is perfect and she is the mistress of suspense. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen until I reached it's conclusion. I really liked the insight into Emma's mental illness and the way the other characters deal with this. There is a sex scene, which I thought was done with verve and humour, and the consequences of which create the sinister twist that drives the story on.

A gripping tale that is well worth a download.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected January 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Took a third of the book to start connecting the dots so to speak. Unique story line, but the composition was as bipolar as the lead character.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Marathon December 20, 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an interesting tale, but not quite what I was expecting. I was vaguely aware of the premise of the book before reading it, but what I thought the book was about doesn't really come into it for quite some time. Also this was a shorter story than I expected (even though it does say it's a novella at approx 33k words that I hadn't spotted, oops). The book was also a bit more adult themed in parts than I was expecting too.

As to the story itself, it deals with matters that are recurrent in Rosen Trevithick's stories, namely mental health. As usual, you get a better understanding about it.

This is certainly a decent read with comedic moments along the way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story. January 18, 2014
By Monica
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Very interesting subject matter. Poignant dealing with important and relevant subject. Good characterization. Sweet little side story romance. Would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange beginning... December 29, 2013
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The start of the book was a bit odd to say the least, but once it got going you couldn't tell how the ending was going to be, and that's a good thing. Stick with it and it will be worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read March 19, 2013
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I enjoyed this book but felt it could have provided a bit more depth of characters. It seems very predictable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The ice marathon
It prob as not is a good book but it didn't download properly, the pages didn't match up and so it was too confusing to read.
Published 7 months ago by cool
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my normal cup of tea genre
It was a decent story. Showed how bi-poler can be very difficult for people to understand. Also showed it can be controlled.
Published 14 months ago by Eleanor Infantino
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance And Excitement
Working for Shelter and living with a friend are about the only things that Emma lives for. Her personal life is riddled with mood swings, caused by her bi-polar disability. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful bipolar Mum
Emma has wild uninhibited sex and falls pregnant. A poignant story of a mothers love for her baby with a truly sweet ending. Read more
Published 14 months ago by van
2.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar at its best
I didn't care for this book. Not because the person had a disability---but because I found nothing in her personality that I could bond with. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad for a short story
Unlike a lot of the short stories I've gotten from Amazon for free, this short little romance actually is a full story with a good ending to it rather than leaving the reader... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cyndi F
3.0 out of 5 stars Ice or Fire?
This is, indeed, an unique book. I didn't like the storyline to begin with, but I stuck with the book. The ending was great, and made the book a winner in my opinion.
Published 17 months ago by Sharon Wolfenden
2.0 out of 5 stars It was an ok book
It took a long time to get into and just when I was about to give it up, I continued reading. If you get it free, ok, but don't waste your money.
Published 17 months ago by Shirley Henning
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Marathon was a heart-wrecking read!
The unexpected pregnancy of a bipolar woman leads to some soul searching and heart break, but ends up as a satisfying romance!
Published on April 20, 2013 by Lindae44
3.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT OF A STORYLINE.
Glad this was a "freebie". I would have been very disappointed with it had I bought it. The storyline was good but too short. I finished this "bookette" in just one afternoon. Read more
Published on March 29, 2013 by cajuntw
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More About the Author

Rosen is a bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives on the south coast of Devon with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her books on Kindle took off, and by October she has sold 27,000 copies and her total download count exceeds 220,000. She now has three books in print: Pompomberry House, Seesaw and The Troll Trap, as well as many digital titles.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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