The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

“Rachel marries dark, handsome David and everything seems to fall into place.  She gains wealth, love and an affectionate stepson named Jamie.  But then Jamie’s behavior changes and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel.  He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by his late mother – David’s previous wife.  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?”

No one can write a creepy children plot like S.K. Tremayne.  I absolutely loved Tremayne’s previous work, The Ice Twins, and was thrilled to get a copy of his latest book The Fire Child through Netgalley and HarperCollins UK.  Tremayne’s writing is like nothing I have read before. His descriptions are haunting, gorgeous, and eerie.  It’s as if I am right there in the pages –standing on the cliffs, gazing up at the imposing home of Rachel and David, peering down the mine shafts that cover the property, catching a whiff of Chanel perfume worn by an unseen presence that lurks in the shadows of the halls.  There were moments when I actually shuddered from uneasiness while I read this story. The black and white photographic images that were included throughout the book enhanced the sinister feeling that I could not shake and made the atmosphere all the more unsettling.  There is nothing like a twisty, psychological mystery to keep you up at night and I finished this book in one sitting.  4  very creepy out of 5 stars.

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