This creepy psychological thriller was scary to read alone at night. Rachel finds and marries a dark, handsome and rich stranger, immediately finding her life swept up in the cliche of an older man. However, this older man with money comes with a long family history in West Cornwall, and a son. His first wife died in an accident and his son Jamie is still grieving. After Rachel moves into the ancestral home, Carnhallow, Jamie’s behaviour causes concern and she soon finds secrets about her husband’s first wife and the family home surfacing.
I enjoyed reading The Fire Child much more than I did The Ice Twins, which I did not find half as creepy as this story. Both thrillers do have an isolated sense of horror running throughout the book but this one made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end as notions of a haunting in an old house took hold of my imagination.
There are many revelations about both David and Rachel that come to light after they have married in haste and tried to be the people they perceived others wanted to see in their roles.
If you like your psychological thriller with a generous helping of horror and hurried family secrets then this book is one you must read. This book is available for pre-order and will be published on 16 June 2016.