The Ice House: A Novel Paperback
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Ostracized by the community in which they live, these three women become larger than life in the minds of the local townsfolk. The charming and artistic Diana Goode and the earthy, no nonsense Anne Catrell hunker about their housemate, Phoebe, as the events of the past threaten to crop up again and overwhelm her.
The police, led by Chief Inspector Walsh, a man with his own underlying agenda, seem intent upon putting the screws to these three women, fixating upon Phoebe Maybury. Only Sergeant Detective McLoughlin seems to be genuinely interested in discovering the truth. In order to do so, however, he must confront his own personal demons, as he finds himself drawn into a snare of deceit, good intentions gone awry, loyalty, and a secret that threatens to ruin the lives of three women.
The author cleverly uses the discovery of the corpse as a catalyst for a voyage of self-discovery for some of her characters. Brimming with a cornucopia of subplots and one or two red herrings, the author grips the reader with a literate and compelling narrative. She is a welcome addition to the ever growing list of British mystery novelists. This author's work should appeal to those who enjoy mysteries written by Ruth Rendell.
I have not, however, been disappointed by the fact that every one of her novels since the Ice House has been entirely different and -- from that first one as well as from each other, and none have involved the same characters. She's a master of suspense, and she has developed some of the most interesting characters I have ever met.
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OK so she is a mystery writer but I forget that part because I become enchanted by her characters who are so likeable - even with their quirks. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2013 by Deb Dorsey
When a body is found in an abandoned ice house, an old murder case that the owner of the house would rather forget surfaces again. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001 by frumiousb
This page-turner incorporates a sharp psychological twists along with strong characterizations in a story that keeps the reader guessing. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2001
The Ice House by Minette Walters tells the story of three women, Phoebe, Anne and Diana who live together in a mansion called Streech Grange. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by booknblueslady
this is definitely worth reading. the only thing about the book that bothered me was the picture on the cover didn't match the image in my head of the mansion. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000
This is the better of the Minette Walters books (although the Scold's Bridle is also good). Interesting enough, with the various ingredients of the mystery, and the... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by Amazon Customer
The Ice House was the first Walters book I read, and was the reason I went on to read the rest of her works so far. Read morePublished on July 18 2000 by capricious
I stumbled on this book by accident. What a pleasure to encounter a mystery writer with an original mind who can really write. Read morePublished on June 28 2000 by Angela Belt
Minette Walters as her best! I hope she'll never end writing books. In this bestseller she describes the complicated relationship of three women and the mysterious past one of... Read morePublished on June 21 2000 by steffi