Rachel seems to have the perfect life: a wealthy, handsome husband, an impressive home and a beautiful step-son. Behind closed doors, however, things are starting to take a turn for the strange. Young Jamie Kerthern’s insistence that he sees his dead mother coupled with his seeming ability to foretell the future, is starting to play havoc with Rachel’s mind. Why is David, her husband, so dismissive about what is happening and is there anything more to the supposed accident that killed Nina, his first wife? More pressing, though, is Jamie’s prediction that Rachel will be dead by Christmas…
By setting the story around the mines of Cornwall, the author has created an atmospheric psychological thriller that really does have you wondering what will happen next. Although it starts slowly, it soon gathers pace and, at times, tears along at breakneck speed as you desperately try to discover which direction the book is going in. This uncertainty is one of the strengths of The Fire Child as the unpredictability makes it a more enjoyable and exciting read.
It is hard to discuss the characters without giving away too much of the plot other than to say that we don’t really get to see their true personalities until towards the end of the book. This, again, helped to create a tense conclusion and one that I did not predict. Often in books of this genre, you are left trying to figure out some of the events; this was not the case in The Fire Child where all stories reached a satisfying outcome.
A superb read!
With thanks to Net Galley and Harper Collins UK for a copy of The Fire Child.