Last year I read one of the best books for a long time and it was called The Ice Twins. I love stories about twins so this one was perfect. After I finished it I did think how on earth is the author S.K. Tremayne going to better her first book?
Well I don’t know how she did it but I’m afraid The Fire Child tops The Ice Twins. The Fire Child is a chilling psychological thriller set in Cornwall – My Home!
I am being a bit biased about Cornwall but it’s the most creepiest setting for this type of thriller and she has chosen well for a location. I loved reading through the book paying special attention to the place names. Every so often I would shout out- I’ve been there!
The Fire child gave me more of that personal touch than most books do due to it being set very close to home.
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.
But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?
As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:
‘You will be dead by Christmas.
A fantastic book. The setting down in Cornwall really does chill you to the spine. The author has really done themself proud with the research gone into this book on Cornwall. It’s step up from The Ice Twins. It’s haunting, chilling, disturbing as well as mighty clever. It has left me reeling with goosebumps and it’s one of those books that will staay with you for while.
I have given The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne 5 out of 5 stars.
Hardback Edition: 400 pages
Published 16th June 2016 by HarperCollins
*I was very lucky to be chosen to read and review The Fire Child as a part of the mumsnet book club, so although I was given this copy to review, as always my thoughts are my own.