I have received another book from the Mumsnet Book Club free to review. It is The Fire Child by S.K Tremayne.
This is what it says inside the front cover.
It only took six words to shatter her dreams…
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 was really pleased to receive this book as I had seen so many great reviews of S.K. Tremayne’s debut novel The Ice Twins. Even the cover image gets you wondering. And it didn’t let me down. A really gripping read with a great pace and an unexpected ending.
Rachel is newly married to wealthy lawyer David and is starting to discover her new home, Carnhallow which has been in David’s family for generations along with several old Cornish mines, one of which David’s first wife Nina tragically died in. Carnhallow is huge with 2 wings, cellars and 18 bedrooms. Rachel is also getting to know her new family, Jamie her stepson and David’s mother Juliet who is suffering from the first signs of dementia and living in a self-contained adjoining apartment. Plus there is Cassie, the live-in help.
Jamie tells Rachel of his dreams. First he has seen a hare and Rachel with blood on her hands. A couple of weeks later in dreadful weather, Rachel is driving home and hits an animal. She gets out and picks up the animal which dies in her hands. It is a hare. This is the first of Jamie’s scary predictions to come true. Some of what Jamie says about his mother starts Rachel researching Nina’s death. Everything starts spiralling onward. Are they haunted by Nina’s ghost or is Nina really dead at all? You’ll have to read it to find out more.
The Fire Child is by S.K Tremayne and is published by Harper Collins. The hardback edition is currently on sale on Amazon for £6.00 compared to an RRP of £12.99. It is also available in kindle format and will be released in paperback early next year. I highly recommend this book.
I have previously read the following books from the Mumsnet Book Club.
Noonday by Pat Barker
Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner
The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Coming Home by Annabel Kantaria
Fallout by Sadie Jones
Falling by Emma Kavanagh
The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey
Disclosure. This post is a review of a book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.