Book Review: The Fire Child – S.K. Tremayne ***

This is a new psychological thriller from the author of The Ice Twins. Rachel is blissfully happy. Just married to a handsome older man and beginning to become accustomed to all the trappings of wealth that comes with marriage to a successful City lawyer. David spends the week living in London returning to the family home for weekends with his son Jaime and his beautiful new wife.

As Rachel struggles to adjust to her solitary new life at the historic Carnhallow House in Cornwall, her stepson Jaime starts to behave oddly and appears to believe that he is haunted by the ghost of his late mother. Rachel starts asking questions that her husband really doesn’t want to answer and she begins to wonder what secrets are being hidden in the tin mines that riddle the cliffs beneath the house.

I’m being a little harsh with a three star rating – it is probably closer to three and a half – but there are a plethora of these twisty turny family dramas at the moment and I felt like I had engaged less with this one than I had some of the others. That may be because of its little lessons about Cornish history dotted in between the plot but for some reason I didn’t really warm to Rachel and couldn’t feel any pity for her as the story begins to play out.

That said, I didn’t see the twist coming at all and it was a real revelation at the end. It is a good holiday read and will keep you entertained from start to finish.

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: 16 June 2016. 400 pages.

The Fire Child

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