Review & Giveaway - The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne @GrandCentralPub

The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Date Read: March 22, 2017
Source: Publisher


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 behavior changes, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the specter 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."
My Review

I liked this book quite a bit.  This turned out to be quite the page turner and I ended up liking it even more than The Ice Twins.  This was a book that I never knew quite what might happen next.  I ended up reading this whole book in a little more than 24 hours because I had such a hard time putting it down.  I am very glad that I decided to pick this book up.

The story opens with Rachel and David as newlyweds at his family home, Carnhallow House.  Rachel is now the step-mother to David's son, Jamie, whose mother has recently died.  It is a huge adjustment for Rachel and the day to day task of caring for Jamie falls largely to her since David is away during most of the week for work.  Jamie is still grieving the loss of his mother and it is showing in some of his actions.  Rachel starts to wonder about what really happened to Jamie's mother and starts asking a lot of questions.

I thought this book had a whole lot going for it. It went in directions that I would have never imagined and I love being taken by surprise with this kind of book.  The pacing was perfectly done with enough action to really keep the pages turning.  Jamie was one of the creepiest kids that I remember reading about in a book which was a big plus.  Add in the old house and the mining tunnels running all over the place and there is a whole lot of creepy in this story.   I never really knew if I should trust Rachel.  I think that Rachel's character was written in such a way that it was hard to tell if she was actually psychotic or if these things were really happening.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers.  This was one of those books that made me wonder if any of the characters should be trusted but I had to keep reading to figure out what was real.  This is the second book by S.K. Tremayne that I have read and I can't wait to read more.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing.


About the Author

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. Tremayne has two daughters, and lives in London.

Author Links: Goodreads


  1. I really should make time for this one. I'm excited that you liked it more then "Ice Twins" because I really liked that one a lot as well. That sounds promising. She seems to have a thing for creepy kids huh? Great review and now I'm even more excited to read this one.

  2. Thanks so much for the chance at winning. I think my sister would really enjoy reading this book.

  3. Oh cool! It has a Rebecca-esque flavor to it from what I can tell in your review and the blurb. It does sound delightfully creepy.

  4. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this one. I really liked The Ice Twins and you said this one was even better? Ummm, yes please! I'm definitely adding this one to my TBR list then. Great review!

  5. I do like when you do not know what will happen next. Some books, even if good, well you do know what might happen

  6. I haven't been reading enough psychological thrillers. I love when they are page turners and are unexpected. Great review!

  7. Ohh for a second there, the child is the one that's giving me the guilty vibe. But you threw Rachel on the pile and now I'm definitely curious!

  8. I posted this book as a featured release because it sounded great. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    By the way, I goofed on one of the Rafflecopter items and put that I followed by Twitter, but I also followed by FB as Jennifer Ottman Schaper.

  9. Rachel sounds like a very intriguing character! And creepy kids mind of scare me haha. Glad this was such a great read for you! Awesome review, Carole!

  10. As I have been having a bit of difficulty with reading lately, I am so happy to see that you have been able to dive into this one and gotten so absorbed that you read it so quickly! I need more addicting reads like this in my life.

  11. this looks oh so good. I love a page turning psychological thriller, especially since the last few I picked up felt a little slow. But thank you for bringing this up :D

  12. Thanks so much! Very much appreciated!


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