Addictive, seductive, frightening - The Ice Room will stay with you long after you close the novel. From the haunting cover, to the final whispered words, Ovenden takes the reader on a journey you're never likely to forget. This is a tale of the many forms of sexual obsession, and as such it both disturbs and fascinates. The characters are skillfully drawn, so that, though committing horrendous acts, one can never absolutely set them as good or bad. The Ice Room itself is a thrilling and engaging story of friendship and particularly male relationships. Constantly negotiating the shades of grey in human psychology, Ovenden lays before the reader a winding tale that will have you glued to the page. This is one of those joyous novels that can be read more than once - read it first for the excitement, the drama, the scare factor, then re-read it to see the complex subtlety of the character development and the psychological drama. And best of all, being modern magical realism, the novel bursts with luxurious, potent imagery and sensual description that means you'll never get bored.