Consuming Fire

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…
Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

Review Consuming Fire by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a dark and different crime story where evil becomes true !

Consuming fire is not only a police procedural story,now it is a dim narration about the unthinkable and I was thrilled by the amazing plot twists!

First, I have to tell you I didn’t read the first book Reprobation. I found that a pity because even though you can read this book as a stand alone, I had the feeling I missed important information.

Consuming Fire starts with an excerpt of a Grimoire Ars Adramelechum in the seventeenth-century. It says when you open this, you open the box of Pandora. Okay, that sounds intriguing and from that time I start reading and was hooked to this story.

In the present there is a horrifying event. When a woman is walking down the street unexpectedly the flames devour her. When in another town a truck has a strange accident and eight men die by the fire it looks like both cases are connected. It is really odd, but Liverpool is on fire since that day.

Police inspector Darren and his partner Matt, the fire responsibly , are the ones who have to dig deep to find the truth. Could it be Spontaneous human combustion or was it a crime? Darren and his team are investigating this weird accident but can’t come a step further. Darren decides his good friend Helen to ask for help. Helen got in conflict with her Calvinist religion and she quit as a nun. Nevertheless, as a lecturer at the University, she now learns the students to think out of the box. She discovers these aren’t normal cases but, there are strange forces at the play. The lost occult book Ars Adramelechum from the library is perhaps linked with all those creepy incidents. Darren who is real sceptical, couldn’t share this with his police team so he is going to explore the unknown with Helen. Is it evil that has occurred the events? And why they’re so many birds in the town? Could they solve the mysteries before Darren is getting cracked by this dark cases? Maybe his accusation of a rehabilitated former criminal is the answer?

I truly loved the dark thinking in this book. Each chapter starts with an excerpt of the Grimoire where I got piece by piece information about the role of the bizarre.

Consuming fire is different, because it waves around an old book, a police procedural narration with lots of obscure and surprising elements!

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

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Titel: Consuming Fire | Auteur: Catherine Fearns | Uitgeverij: Independently Published |Categorie: Englisch Books, Thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | 202 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781793477514 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 18-02-2019 | Prijs: €12,49 | Bestellen