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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.
The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, THE ICE TWINS. 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.'
Closing date: 11/10/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
Praise for THE FIRE CHILD:
'You will race through the final pages, desperate to find out the truth. Thought-provoking, genuinely scary, and compulsive - fantastic stuff
'Packed full of plot twists and turns, this book had me gripped from the start. I slept with the light on for several nights afterwards'
Sun, Book of the Week
'A grip-lit hit'
Mail on Sunday
'A brilliant and compulsive thriller'
'This excellent thriller won't disappoint'
'If you liked Tremayne's bestseller The Ice Twins, and spooky Gothic horror stories where things go bump in the night, then this is for you'
'Atmospheric and haunting'
Independent on Sunday
'The author of last year's bestseller The Ice Twins is back with this dark, atmospheric thriller.'
Fabulous Praise for THE ICE TWINS:
'A magnificently creepy thriller'
'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'
Mail on Sunday
'The Ice Twins has grip, pace and bags of atmosphere ... It also has one of the cleverest endings of recent thrillers'
'Unbearably gripping and suspenseful'
'Strange and moving ... complex and dramatic ... the advantages and hardships of island life are well depicted and the Gothic mood is suitably creepy'
'Chilling and utterly compulsive ... builds to an incredibly tense and shiver-inducing conclusion'
'A tense psychological thriller that builds with every page'
'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?
Publication date: 09/02/2017
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||9th February 2017|
|Author:||S. K. Tremayne|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
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.More About S. K. Tremayne