The Fire Child S.K. Tremayne

51AxXSYkw6L._AC_US160_Pub: Harper Collins

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.’

First of all I would like to say ‘Meur ras’ to Mr Tremayne for completely transporting me back to my beloved Cornwall. From St Just to St Ives and everywhere in between I was remembered childhood holidays and long forgotten friends.

The Fire Child is a slow brooding novel that tells the tale of Rachel, lucky enough to marry a rich charming man and taken to live in Carnhallow Hall, but unlucky enough to have to live in the shadow of the tragedy of his first wifes death, Beautiful and cultured, Nina fell into a mine shaft one Christmas and her body was never found.

Rachel’s step-son  Jamie is both sad and disturbed, but his dark beauty stirs something in Rachel and she adores him.

Carnhallow Hall is just divine, large and steeped in history, the Kerthen family have lived there for hundreds of years. The owners of the Cornish tin mines, they made their fortune on the heartbreak and suffering of the local people who worked and died in them.

The Fire Child could have been a fabulous tale on these facts alone, but in the midst of this descriptive beauty, Rachel’s past and traumatic childhood has it’s own repercussions and the story takes quite a different turn.

A stunning novel of two stories that have been woven together brilliantly, The Fire Child is sure to both intrigue and delight it’s reader. Although in my honest opinion not as good as Tremayne’s previous novel The Ice Twins, it is one that I read in one sitting, turning the pages like an addict and I was kept hungry and excited for more.

What S.K Tremayne has for the reader next…I for one cannot wait.

4*/5

 

 

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