I read S K Tremayne’s The Ice Twins last year. It wasn’t my favourite book of the year, but it was good enough to inspire me to read Tremayne’s second novel, The Fire Child.
The Fire Child is a psychological thriller, which is pretty scary. Rachel marries David, a very rich man she has only known for a very short time, and moves into his enormous house in Cornwall. She also gains a stepson into the bargain, in the form of 8 year old Jamie.
Alarm bells ringing? What sort of a fool marries a man she’s only just met and then moves into a massive house in the middle of nowhere? Anyone who has read any thrillers will know that both of these things are REALLY BAD IDEAS. Especially when Jamie starts to become more withdrawn from Rachel and warns her that she will be dead by Christmas.
So, yes, there are a few cliches in there and you have to suspend your disbelief a bit. But if you can do that, this book is a real page-turner. Is Rachel really going to die? Or is she just mad? Or maybe Jamie is mad? Or her husband? There are a lot of twists and turns along the way and you also get to learn a bit about the Cornish mining industry. I always find it’s unexpected bonus if I learn about something new when I’m reading fiction. I was pretty chuffed with myself for working out a major plot twist, but there were plenty more twists, so I didn’t feel the book had let me down at all.
If you like a psychological thriller and can get over the fact that nobody would be stupid enough to move into a massive house in the middle of nowhere with a man they hardly know, then you will enjoy The Fire Child.