Death or Ice Cream?

Death or Ice Cream?

Gareth P Jones,

Death or Ice Cream?

Hot Key Books, 2016

ISBN 9781471404283

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Who Wrote It?

Gareth P Jones first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel.  His stories are full of dragon detectives, murderous twins, dark family secrets, bureaucratic ghosts, Victorian illusionists, dinosaur parties, Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates, time travel mysteries, talking mushrooms, death and ice cream.  His book The Considine Curse won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012.

What's It About?

Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It's a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour and an awful lot of death.

Strange characters abound in Larkin Mills. There is Ivor, who observes strange goings-on, and begins his own investigations into why his uncle disappeared all those years ago; and Mr Morricone, the town ice-cream seller, who has a strange array of ice cream flavours, Summer Fruits Suicide and The Christmas Massacre; and Mr Milkwell, the undertaker, who has some very dodgy secrets locked up in his hearse. To piece together what all these strange folks have to do with one another, you'll have to begin to unlock the dark secrets that keep the little world of Larkin Mills spinning.

Fact File

Gareth plays the ukulele and once appeared on TV as a singing potato.

He had an earlier career in TV, working on shows such as The Big Breakfast and Richard & Judy.

To find out more about Gareth visit his website www.garethwrites.co.uk or follow him on Twitter: @jonesgarethp

Your Reviews

Hifza from Allerton Grange:

This book was amazing .It was unpredictable and really fascinating. I realy enjoyed reading this book. It had a load of different stories , which i liked

Hifza gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Maddie from Roundhay school:

Not the best because it was quite confusing but you found the stories at parts linked up. The prospect of death is become clear in this book and it is either the sweet life like ice cream or bitter death. Quite a good last book too

Maddie gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

David from The Co-Operative Academy of Leeds:

The book was pure genius I was drooling over it at the end

David gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Kyle from Leeds West Academy:

Simply a good book, I would recommend this because it is something that is understandable and the mysteries made me want to read more.I rated it 5 out of 5 because I enjoyed it, if you like mysteries you should read this book.

Kyle gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Melissa from Leeds East Acadamy:

This book is my favourite out of all of them so far; it can be very creepy, though. Loads of mini stories linked together is amazing! I loved the unexpected twists and turns! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horror stories.

Melissa gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Teja from The Cooperative acadamy :

This book was all linked which was confusing but really easy to understand at the same time. I really liked this book because when you didn't understand a bit it was usually answered in the next bit , you wont understand the book until you read it all in detail.

Teja gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Abraham from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

Wow.I thought this book was amazing. I loved the diversity of all the characters in the town. It was also interesting how all the stories linked together making a great plot. Every chapter is like a piece of a puzzle that reveals what Larkin Mills actually is.

Abraham gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Emily from Corpus Christi Catholiic Collage:

This book wasn't that good personally. It had a very slow start and frankly it was just to confusing and hard to keep up with the stories and what was happening. It wasn't what I expected.

Emily gave Death or Ice Cream? 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Lewis from Leeds West Academy:

I have never read a book so original and so great. Several short stories combined to make one thrilling tale about the mysteries of Larkin Mills.

If your a fan of dark comedy or mystery, I would defiantly recommend Death or Ice Cream

Lewis gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

alicia from leeds east academy:

this book is very interesting with good linking stories. the detail is amazing. I would recommend it to any one who has an interest with horror

alicia gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Sam from Corpus Christi Catholic College :

This book was incredibly good, but it has a slow start. I loved the mystery of larkin mills and uncovering its secrets in every chapter. My personal favourite chapter was 'Madam Letracs world of wax'. This chapter is very mysterious and it has alot of overlapping as it contains the Characters of Park, Ross and at one point Olive. The ending of this chapter is also very interesting but I won't spoil it.If it wasn't for the start it would have a 5 out of 5

Sam gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Othniel from The ruthgorse academy:

I loved this book one of my favorites interesting so good loads of stuff going on I read it till midnight I hope the writer keeps on writing stuff like this

Othniel gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

amelia from the ruth gorse acadmey:

I did not enjoy this book because it was not my type of book I would not read this book again because when I first read the name of the book I thought it was going to be amazing the most mysterious part was "death or ice cream? which one, my friend?" I would improve this book by the add even more gruesomeness I would not change the ending I would recommend this book for 11 year olds

amelia gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

maz from Ruthgorse:

I liked the storyline of this book because it goes into the past but the transfers were very werd

maz gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Dan from Prince Henrys Grammar School:

Death or ice cream is an odd book that took me a while to get into.

Larkin Mills is a strange place is full of death. It has lots of different stories from different perspectives of different people, but almost all the stories are related to each other. From Ivor, the mayor's son, to Ross the orphan, all the stories relate to one thing - the egg of life.

I liked this book but I didn't love it. It was well-written and twisted and turned on every page. It did take me a few days to get into though.

Dan gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Misbah from The Co-oprative acadamy Leedsd:

This book was really good and interesting.

Misbah gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

brooklyn from bruntclif acadamy:

the book was rally awesome and I cant wait to read more

brooklyn gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

cameron from leeds city acedemy :

it was such a griping and unexpected book with twists to keep you reading I would love to own a copy of this to read forever as it never gets old

cameron gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Jake from Corpus Christi:

I thought that this story was AMAZING!!!!!! I loved the mystery and detail it was interesting how the tenses changed I read it in about 4 days because I couldn't put it down.This was a master of a story I loved it!

Jake gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Sam from King James's school :

I really enjoyed reading this book and I particularly liked the unique style it is written in. I thought that getting the points of view of lots of characters was able to reveal the many quirky truths that Larkin Mills has to hide. Also I loved Mr Morricone's character and I wish his ice cream parlour was in my town.

Sam gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

lizzy from Bruntcliffe Academy:

this was a very interesting book it made me want to read more. it was a very thrilling book.

lizzy gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Tabbie from King James's School:

Death or Ice Cream was a brilliant book. It was a very intriguing story and it sucked me in right from the beginning.

I really enjoyed the way the story was told from different in the way that every chapter was in a different characters point of view at a different moment in time, such as one chapter would be told by Albert and then another would be told by Park, and then it all pieced back together. You ended up learning every characters full story, some of which you learned from other characters story which the first character was involved in.

The only issue I had with this was of writing was that it was quite hard to follow and understand at some points throughout.

Tabbie gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Othniel from ruthgorse acadmey:

I liked the book because it was interesting it made me read it all night and it was interesting it had loads of adventers parts and the joke at the last part

Othniel gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Alanis from The Ruth Gorse Accademy:

This book isn't exactly my sort of style and I didn't really enjoy it. It was rather hard to get into and on the whole I disliked it.

Alanis gave Death or Ice Cream? 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Zahra from Allerton Grange School:

This book is filled with mysteries Its really interesting and gives us time to figure out the mysteries for ourselves. overall it was a really interesting book

Zahra gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Sophie from Leeds East Academy:

This is a very intriguing book with emotive language. Its an heartshocking and thrilling book. This book has an amazing start and is extremely compelling. I would recommend this book to anyone that in interested in a horror novel.

Sophie gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Maaria from The Co-Operative Academy of Leeds:

I really like this book because it is very interesting and it grabs the readers attention on reading it and they would be thinking what happens next and they would be in for a surprise.

Maaria gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Martina from The co-operative Academy of Leeds:

A very interesting start.It's compelling, interesting. It's like the ocean as you go deep down you find out more and more. I loved it.

Martina gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Thomas from Royds High School:

The book was not very enjoyable, the 2nd person thing just didn't fit in with the story. I didn't enjoy the whole concept of the story either and how the story ran along with the characters. It was overall confusing and wasn't enjoyable.

Thomas gave Death or Ice Cream? 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

River from Royds high school:

Larkin Mills is a peculiar place, filled with mystery. In Larkin Mills, death is a high frequency occurence. This book is not one of my favourites, yet, I enjoyed the descriptive techniques the author included. Also, the author used divergent narrative to produce an intriguing story, which I find to be a beneficial technique.. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery.

River gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Sophie from Mount St. Mary's:

This book is a mystery right up until the last chapter. Concentration and attention to small detail is important when reading this,as little things build the story. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

Sophie gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Luca from The Grammar School at Leeds:

I found the first section really confusing at first but in the end, I understood it. My favourite part is with the Dogdem Runners. I recommend this book for people for Y8.

Luca gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Alex from King James's school:

Death or ice cream was written in an interesting and new style. I found that the way it followed various different characters and their stories was confusing to begin with but over time they became entangled with each other to create a disturbingly good book, with a few red herrings thrown in! To begin with I was cynical about the title, I mean ice cream obviously! But towards the end it began to become more difficult to decide so make your decision... Death or ice cream?

Alex gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

millie from bruntcliffe academy:

This book is my favourite so far it was mysterious and funny I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the fact that there was different stories however I didn't understand the last chapter. overall the book was really good .

millie gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

alana from bruntcliffe academy :

i enjoyed this book but it isn't my kind of book the fact that it was several different stories i liked but the stories themselves were a little strange and not life like

alana gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

piotr from bruntcliffe academy:

I found this book creative and unique. This book is about a town, named Larkin Mills, and it's mysteries stories which are all intertwined. I also liked the way that the writer shows the feelings of characters in their own way. Amazing!

piotr gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Yusuf from Roundhay High School:

It had it it's scary moments but was mostly a boring book.

Yusuf gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Malaika from Allerton Grange School:

This book is really good and packed with mysteries which makes you ask lots of questions. I liked how all of them in some way linked together and got you excited for the next one. This book is awesome if you like mysteries and like solving things which is one of the things I like about this book. Gareth P Jones is a wonderful author and I would love to read another book of his.

Malaika gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Daniel from Cardinal Heenan:

the book is defineitly not the best book i've ever read for me its not the style of writing I like to read I would for sure recommend it to people who like fantasy but in the long run it just not a good enough storyline for me

Daniel gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Charlotte from Bruntcliffe academy:

'Death or ice cream' was very interesting and full of different story's u really enjoyed it I'm glad my librarian chose this book for my school it was amazing I could rate it 1000000 out of 5

Charlotte gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Ella from Bruntcliffe Academy:

This book will indeed thrill readers, as well as amaze. It's many stories are both original and exciting, and are all linked to one another. I loved this particular book due to it's twists and turns, and imaginable scenarios. All of which Gareth P brings to life. It is definitely a book to remember.

This book is well suited to those who love plots, and also thought provoking tales.

Ella gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Phoebe from King James's School:

I quite liked this book because of the way all of the characters were mentioned out of context by the other characters. I also liked the way the characters met each other and as a reader you have to figure out who is who. This book was mysterious, funny and full of adventure.

Phoebe gave Death or Ice Cream? 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Aliesha from Royds:

I found this book creative and unique. This book is about a town, named Larkin Mills, and it's mysteries stories which are all intertwined. As you read deeper into the book it becomes more and more intense.I recommend this to all ages.

Aliesha gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Marnie from Cardinal Heenan CHS:

I liked the storyline of this book it was unique and like no other book i have ever read. it was very gripping and at parts scary. i would reccomend it to people who like horror and fantasy

Marnie gave Death or Ice Cream? 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Adaugo from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

i didn't really enjoy this book. but i would recommend it to some of my friends

Adaugo gave Death or Ice Cream? 1 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Jake from Royds:

Death or Ice Cream is a unique book. Each story tells a different side of the town, Larkin Mills, which all intertwine together. a story that gets slowly more dramatic and reveals the biggest secrets of the town. i would recommend this book to everyone.

Jake gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Gabrielle from Royds:

Jones,has created a wonderful and exciting book as he describes how a man named Albert came to know this salesman as he talks about Albert's childhood.Personally,I believe that Jones has created a book not only showing language and structure techniques but some of his own emotions come into this book as every chapter creates an image in your head.I like how the book is presented as well as the reading throughout the chapters.I would recommend this book to an eleven year old as it will challenge them to read more and read out of their comfort zone as well as reading a book that is suitable for their age.

Gabrielle gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Helly from Royds:

Death or Ice cream was a really good book. I found it really interesting and the story line was quite unique and creative compared to any other book that I have read.It included many different story's that were all linked into one. They were all set in a place called Larkin Mills and the story was based around life, death and the 'egg of life'. It was quite a mysterious book and quite sad as well. It was a complicated story that if you didn't concentrate would take a whole new turn and you wouldn't even understand what was going on. I did not really like the ending however, as it confused me and it was not really that happy.

Helly gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Lucy from Guiseley high:

i would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys plot twists, and complicated stories. it is a very clever and well written book, which has a mixture of humor, tragedy and mystery. At first i was a bit confused about what was going on, but then i understood that it wasn't just one story,it was a collection of many stories that finish each other off. After i realized that, i always wanted to read on, and find out what happened next. I definitely rate this a 5/5, and i hope that lots of other people read this book.

Lucy gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Josie from Guiseley High:

I immensely enjoyed this book and the way all the stories linked together to join the main plot. The subplots also always seemed to weave back into the typical story of good and bad told in an unusual different way which I thought was quite original. However, I am only giving this book 4 out of 5 because the ending was difficult to understand at first and took a while to get my head round. Thank you

Josie gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Sanele from Kirkstall.St.Stephens:

I couldn't understand it at first but ended up loving it to bits I may be 10 but I found it in the library and found it.

Sanele gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Vanessa from Cardinal heenan Catholic High School:

I was very confused at the beginning and did not understand what this book is about. After reading the second chapter, I started understanding the intention to link the stories so that they answer each stories question. However, I found that this book is not my type and in some parts bored me and confused me way to much. On the other hand, I did enjoy reading and realising how different Larkin Mills is in each story.

Vanessa gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Oliwia from Cardinal Heenan High School:

I really enjoyed this book.This book was weird and fun to read.I really liked the story about 'The Girl Who Noticed Things'.It was weird that in the house there was water,and in the water there where sharks.

Oliwia gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Vanessa from Corpus Christi:

I would describe this book as quite a weird, quite quirky, exhilarating and confusing (but in a good way). The different parts of the book gives the reader a different point of view of the town, and from different angles of another character. The quirky feel of the book reflects on the town as well, you could almost feel like you were at that place with the character. It was filled with loads of different parts of the town making it slightly confusing, but once you know what is going on, I find it quite satisfying. Overall, it would be a book I would like to read. It's a style I haven't quite come across before, so it is a new experience for me as a reader. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy something a bit weird but also quite dark, with lots of twists and turns.

Vanessa gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Tom from King James's School:

I enjoyed this book and I liked the linked storylines. I found the connections a bit confusing but nonetheless I found that it added an air of mystery. I also liked the way it showed the idea of creation of life on earth. The ending was very unexpected and once you've read the ending the whole storyline fits into place. I felt because there was such a range of characters I could relate to more people, and in my case it was Ross and Park, because they were very curious and always searching for the truth.

Tom gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Pranit from Roundhay Secondary school:

I would really recommend this book to you it might seem a bit confusing at first but then the mystery begins to unfold. It was about a town called Larkin Mills which had a ice-cream shop where you get to choose between Death or ice-cream although it is easy to choose between death of Ice-cream you will think again if you read this book.

THANKS!!

Pranit gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Arsalan from Dixons Alerton Academy:

I love this book even when there are loads of twists in the story. My favourite part is at the end when Mr Morricone and the undertaker have the same name which is confusing and they go and have a mini competition with some friends on who can make the best ice cream and everything goes back to normal. Overall I would recommend this book to children who have a similar age.

Arsalan gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Esme from King James's School:

I enjoyed this book. It is not what I would usually pick up from the shelf but I am glad I read it. It was lots of little mysteries linked together to make a big picture. My favourite character was probably Ross although I liked Park as she was clever and worried about her dad. Although, I found it confusing and had to keep flicking back through the book to check how everything fitted. I also liked the ending as it was satisfactory and like a nice coating of sugar on the cake.

Esme gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Millie from King James's :

I loved this book so much! I especially loved the way everything linked together and how all the characters were just there in the moment. It was really good and I would definitely read another one of this authors books. It was great how there were all different story lines that were moulded together as you read more and more

Millie gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Jessica from King James's School:

This book was really good. I loved the way all the characters linked together in different chapters. I felt like I could relate to Reggies character and I love how she noted everything she noticed. I didn't quite understand Mr Morricone's chapter, but it was very clever when I realised what it was about. I loved how the ending linked the whole book together.

Jessica gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Harriet from King James's School:

I really liked the way you had to piece together all the information from each character, although sometimes it was quite confusing. I have never read a book like this and I found it very interesting and it totally engrossed me after I had read two chapters.

I liked Ross, Ivor and Campbell and enjoyed their individual stories, especially Ross. I think the ending wrapped up the story well.

Harriet gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Aya from Roundhay School:

This is a book about a boy who has a choice of Death or Ice-cream.We will all find this question simple but the boy in the book has it harder it is a mystery what happens next.I found this book very good and I would recommend it to other people.The book is heart breaking but very good.

Aya gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Laura from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

I loved the fact that this book contain separate stories that all linked together, and that my big question was answered at the end. My favourite character was Park, who was named after her "first word", because of her role in it. At first she seems like she is unimportant to the synopsis of the book, but then her whole story made sense near the end and she was a major part of the book tying up loose ends. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because some of the characters were unnecessary, even for emotional effect, such as a whole image was created around the woman at the steam fair, who was electrocuted, has no reason to it.

Laura gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Liliana from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I had never seen myself to find this book as interesting as it actually proved to be, and I so wish that I could select the rating as 50 out of 5. The book, Death or Ice Cream, consists of mini stories as chapters about the foundation town of the book - Larkin Mills. Many would expect them to have hardly any resemblance to each other however, they link perfectly. One sets the mood for a mystery and the next answers it, whilst setting a new one for it to be answered a few chapters forward. Also, the author has no hesitation in order to make each story as peculiar as he'd wish to, as the blurb describes, Larkin Mills is an odd town. As of the strong hint of ice cream on the cover, the ending will send you spiralling in awe. The book really is ground breaking and I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend.

Liliana gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Amelie from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

This book was quite strange but still interesting it is not exactly my type of book but i did like the mystery and links between the stories.

Amelie gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

sinead from corpus cristi:

it was a very funny and chilling book. I would gladly read it again

sinead gave Death or Ice Cream? 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Hannah from King James's school:

I really enjoyed this book overall, i loved all the charecters and the way that the book was written but by far my favourite of the many brilliant characters in this book was Campell(this was probably heplped by the fact that I kept picturing him as Kid from soul eater) which is one of the reasons why I gave this book a 3 -I was left craving more because of the endings for the separate charecters and the story as a whole .but I really enjoy this dark-humor /gothic genre and watching the plot unfold slowly .

Hannah gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Caitlin from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I found this book rather peculiar (and gruesome). The many tales of a small and mysterious village of Larkin Mills which all have one thing in common.Death. A book of horror, mystery and everything in between. I would highly recommend this book for those who like sci-fi books.

Caitlin gave Death or Ice Cream? 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Elisha from Carinal Heanan High School:

This book is very interesting. It is made up of different short stories that are all related in some way. Also It is a very quick read, so you can get to your next book very quickly.

Elisha gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Marinelle from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I was a bit confused at the start but it is an amazing collection of books that all link to each other. A great read, and I love all the stories.

Marinelle gave Death or Ice Cream? 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.