ABOUT THE BOOK
The schoolchildren call it the Ice Palace: a frozen waterfall in the Norwegian fjords transformed into a fantastic structure of translucent walls, sparkling towers and secret chambers. It fascinates two young girls, lonely Unn and lively Siss, who strike up an intense friendship. When Unn decides to explore the Ice Palace alone and doesn't return, Siss must try to cope with the loss of her friend without succumbing to a frozen world of her own making.
A hypnotic and haunting little book that centres around the friendship between 2 girls - very different in life experiences, but very similar in looks and feelings and how the loss of one impacts on the other.
The girls meet at school - Unn is the new girl who is lonely but there's just something about her that fascinates Siss and they become inseparable immediately. But one day Unn doesn't come to school and goes missing, and what follows is the story of the search for and the realisation for Siss that she's bereft without her friend.
It really captures the isolation of grief - the utter despondency that she feels and how she thinks that nobody around her understands her feelings. Unn's aunt provides some connection for Siss to the past and watching her trying to reach out and get Siss to open up is really touching.
It's a short book that really makes an impact on you as a reader - it explores that spark that connects people and how even spending just a short time with them can leave such a massive hole in your life and just how important it is to have people around to make you see they are there to support you.