The Fire Child by S K Tremayne
Published by Harper Collins
16th June 2016
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.’
I really enjoyed S K Tremayne’s debut novel The Ice Girls so was eagerly looking forward to reading her next story. Set in Cornwall, Rachel is the second wife to David who lives in this huge house with his son Jamie and his mother. But the glamour that is perceived of their lives on the outside is not necessarily how it is on the inside. Rachel becomes increasingly worried by Jamie’s behaviour as he routinely claims that his mother is still alive and he makes chilling predictions to Rachel that seem to come true.
David is increasingly distant and Rachel begins to question the man whom she has married – how well she really knows him, or Jamie, or of what actually happened to Nina. Rachel can’t leave it alone though and starts to dig into the past despite feeling that she ought to actually leave it well alone. However by this point it’s too late for she has revealed things she cannot forget.
I loved the location of this book, in some ways it reminded me of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and Carnhallow House makes for a great setting which incorporated alongside the wild countryside of rugged Cornwall gives the book an extra feeling of tension. My only negative about the book is the actual title itself which I didn’t think really fitted in with the whole story but aside from that, it made for good reading.
Miss Chapter x