Thursday, 9 February 2017

Cover Reveal and Giveaway ~ The Fire Child by S K Tremayne





**It's out today in Paperback**



Harper Collins
9th February


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 was  a huge supporter of this book when it was published in hardback last year so I am delighted to be able to offer readers the chance to win a paperback copy in this fabulous giveaway..



Here's what I thought about The Fire Child


Firstly, there is something quite compelling about the cover of the book. The colour pop of red really stands out and succeeds in drawing your eye into the heart of the novel and focuses on the Morvellan tin mine which stands on the cliff at Penwith in Cornwall. So, keep this cover in mind, its important.

We pick up the story 178 days before Christmas which you might think is an odd place to start but stay with this idea, as the numerical countdowns which head each chapter start to take on a very sinister importance. We meet Rachel, and her handsome and charismatic husband, David, at Carnhallow, their beautiful home in Cornwall, and initially all seems idyllic with their new marriage, which is Rachel’s first and David’s second, and which has come about due to the tragic loss of David’s first wife, Nina. Rachel tries to be the best wife and step-mother she can be, but from the outset this seems difficult, and Rachel’s testing time with her step-son, Jamie, and her struggle to find her place at David’s side, gives the story a really interesting perspective.

What I loved most about The Fire Child was the way in which I was drawn, imperceptibly, into Rachel’s world. We see everything from her perspective; we walk the house in her shadow and experience everything as she sees it. Gradually, though and very slowly, the fragments of Rachel's life starts to be eroded and it becomes very noticeable that all is not going well at Carnhallow. The creepy edginess of the house comes alive, its dark and shadowy recesses, its hidden memories, which, when combined with David’s indifference, Rachel’s anxiety and Jamie’s unsettling behaviour, helps to crank the tension up to high.

The idyllic setting of Cornwall, with its rugged landscape and its history of tin mining, so reminiscent of Poldark, or the stories of Daphne du Maurier, really comes alive in a story which grabbed my attention from the very beginning and which held me in its grip until I had read on, in the space of a couple of afternoons, to its dramatic conclusion. There is a real dark edginess to this novel which in a way took me by surprise as I wasn't expecting it to be so creepy, but I found myself jumping at shadows and started looking just a little more closely into dark corners and wondered many times why Rachel didn't just pack her bags and get the hell out, but of course, why she doesn't leave, is the reason why you need to read The Fire Child for yourselves.
 




Thanks to the publishers, Harper Collins I have 2 fabulous paperback copies

to give away to lucky winners

(UK only)



a Rafflecopter giveaway




** Good Luck**



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5 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm dawn, a Yorkshire girl who loves reading...I read the ice twins and loved it so would really like to read the fire child!

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  2. Sounds fab and I always love Jaffa's recommendations!

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    1. Hi Julia, lovely to see you here - best of luck :)

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  3. Ooh this looks fantastic, a must read! Great giveaway :) Rosie x

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.