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The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne
  

The Fire Child

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A sublimely creepy slow-burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into his huge family home, Carnhallow House, on the site of a tin mine. The first chapter starts in June but is headed 178 days before Christmas, a time that Rachel fears, particularly when her eight year old step-son Jamie predicts she will be dead by Christmas. S.K. Tremayne allows a quiet menace to pervade this tale, it is slow to build, I wasn't even sure when I started to feel the unease that spread from the pages through into my fingertips. As the story unfolded, I began to doubt my initial thoughts, question my feelings as information was released and the tension increased. There were times when I doubted everyone, even positively disliked them, while at the same time empathy lingered as fear stalked Carnhallow House. The descriptive detailing is supplemented by black and white photos of tin mines from the 1890’s. The photos have an eerie quality, some are angled, causing thoughts to slant as the story prods and provokes. With the suspense and tension slowly uncoiling until it strikes at lightening speed, ‘The Fire Child’ is a truly memorable story. ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Yvonne Richardson - 'Brilliantly written. A definite page turner which I read in two nights...It was haunting and intriguing to the very end.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'A new psychological thriller by the author of The Ice Twins, which I loved – but this will was probably even better - if that is possible!'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Suffused with brooding and atmospheric descriptions, twists and turns, the tension builds slowly and inexorably. This certainly kept me guessing!'
  • Anne Rhodes - 'David, Rachel and Jamie – each one with problems, secrets, lies – each one an unspoken mystery. This gripping story, sad, frustratingly mysterious, is utterly “unputdownable”.'
  • Cathy Small - 'A gripping thriller that takes you into the lives of what could be a happy family into the groups of psychotic neurosis...It will keep you gripped until the very end.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'A brooding and menacing psychological thriller and a creepy, suspenseful and compelling read.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'I don’t usually go for ghostly, haunting stories but this really got my attention – it was just so credible.'
  • Sue Pledger - 'A well written enjoyable book.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A good read and some wonderful pictures ancient mines which run through the plot.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The entire story left me jittery and uncomfortable...there was so many secrets that is was a very moreish read. I can't recommend this highly enough.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'Fantastic read, once started hard to put down.'
  • Tracey Copeland - 'What a good story, I’ve never read this author but after reading this I’m going to purchase her debut book The Ice Twins.'
  • Karen Clark - 'I have to say that I was disappointed with this book.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Mind blowing and hauntingly good. I was hooked right from the blurb. I knew I was going to love this book no matter what.'
  • Michelle Hodson - 'Fabulous read. Gripping from the very start with an unforeseen twist at the end. Highly recommended. Loved it!'
  • Neil Williams - 'An intriguing tale set in the glorious yet dark Cornish coastlands. A great story about hidden secrets unravelling.' 
  • Carrie Jones - 'Unsettling, dark & spooky- an unputdownable story set in beautiful but wild Cornwall, based around the fascinating history of the tine mines.
  • Tracey Poulter - 'It is a gripping tale, well-written and explores the psychological damage that our life experiences have on us.'
  • Vikki Patis - 'With themes of mental illness, past suffering, abuse, and grief, The Fire Child is a rollercoaster ride of heartbreak and sadness, guaranteed to give you chills.'
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'Another stunning psychological thriller from the pen of S. K. Tremayne. I was blown away by this book. Excellent!'
  • Karen - 'An atmospheric and chilling thriller with a sinister supernatural element.'

Synopsis

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, THE ICE TWINS. 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.'

Reviews

Praise for THE ICE TWINS:

'A magnificently creepy thriller
Spectator

'Beautifully paced, teeming with psychological shivers, The Ice Twins is a notable debut'
The Times, Best Crime Thrillers

'Gripping, sad, and desperately poignant, this is a debut to die for'
Daily Mail

'Stunning'
Mail on Sunday

'The Ice Twins has grip, pace and bags of atmosphere ... It also has one of the cleverest endings of recent thrillers'
Sunday Times

'Unbearably gripping and suspenseful'
Sophie Hannah

'Strange and moving ... complex and dramatic ... the advantages and hardships of island life are well depicted and the Gothic mood is suitably creepy'
Sunday Herald

'Chilling and utterly compulsive ... builds to an incredibly tense and shiver-inducing conclusion'
Sunday Mirror

'Very eerie'
Marie Claire

'Chilling'
Look

'A tense psychological thriller that builds with every page'
Sunday Post

'With its creepy premise and bleak but beautiful settings, S.K. Tremayne has created a haunting, powerful thriller'
Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You

'Genius'
Neil Oliver

About the Author

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. Born in Devon, the author now lives in London. S. K. Tremayne has two daughters.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th June 2016

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Family Drama
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780008105839

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