The Fire Child
by: S.K. Tremayne
Published: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
THE PERFECT HUSBAND. THE PERFECT STEPSON. THE PERFECT LIE?
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 behavior changes, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the specter 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."
The Fire Child had me at odds for a long time. I struggled with my rating because all in all I did enjoy it yet I did have a few problems so on my blog it is a Good with an Amazon rating of 3.5 rounded to a 4. I could not figure out for the life of me the time setting of the novel until David, Rachel's new husband reaches for his cell phone. Before that, to me, it read like it was between maybe the 30's and 50's. It caused me quite a bit of confusion. Rachel is full of descriptions of her new surroundings. This was fantastic for building a visual of her new world. I loved it. The book didn't build heart pounding loads of anticipation at first so much as lead me to where it wanted me to go. When it was time to get suspenseful it was for me quite creepy. I will happily admit I have a very good imagination and this book and my own location really gave me some chills. I loved every minute of those white knuckle moments. I did find some of the repetitiveness too much at times. But beyond that It was a good book to give oneself the shivers!
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Get to know the Author
S.K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. Tremayne has two daughters and lives in London.