Back of the book :
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall in 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 punishingRachel, or is he far more traumatised 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 he ex-wifes 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’
What I think :
Rachel has married David Kerthen in a whirlwind romance, He is very wealthy and has a huge family home in Cornwall, Carnhallow House. The family has mined there for hundreds of years. He has a eight year old son, Jamie from his marriage to Nina , who sadly died eighteen months ago in tragic accident. David’s mother also lives at the house in a ‘granny apartment’ on the grounds of the big house. She is in the first stages of Alzheimers.
At first, things go really well, she settles in and even takes over renovating the big house, as Nina was doing before she died. But, then Jamie starts saying really odd things and acting strangely – foreseeing things, events like he is clairvoyant, just like the old legends say, that the Kerthens have a sixth sense, they are ‘people of the fire, people of light’. Are the legends true or is Jamie still grieving for his mother ? Why doesn’t David want to talk about his late wife and what happened to her ?
This is really dark and chilling, but very entertaining. I really enjoy a thriller and this one really ticked all the right boxes. I felt quite chilled at times, its a very atmospheric read, don’t read it alone at night in the dark if you are easily scared ! And wow ! the twist at the end is really something else, I really didn’t see coming, it is quite fabulous.
There aren’t chapters as such, just a countdown to Christmas day, the significance is only made know about half way through the book. Its then you find out about Jamie’s ‘gift’.
I really enjoyed reading the authors previous book ‘The Ice Twins’ and couldn’t wait to read the next one, and I wasn’t disappointed, this one is on a whole other level. I really hope that there is more to come.
I give this book a well earned 10/10 (5 stars)
Published on 16/06/16 by Harper collins.
A very big Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harper Collins for the digital copy of the book to review.