Book Review – The Fire Child by S.K Tremayne…

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 really wanted to like this book. I tried very hard to be drawn into the story by the words. Cornwall is painted beautifully by the words of the story. You can close your eyes and be transported to the utterly stunning landscape.
However, the writer loses me a little bit from then on in. I had issues with her uses of the word autistic to describe some form of landscape or area. Just my gripe.
The book is well written but the story feels just a little too strange to me. Not the page turner that I was hoping for.
A two out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Natgalley and HarperCollins UK for my copy.

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