Author – 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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Publisher – Crooked Cat Books
Pages – 203
The Blurb –
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….
Today is my stop on the Consuming Fear blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book and although it follows on from Reprobation it can easily be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first book and I followed it without a problem.
Darren Swift is given the case when a woman suddenly bursts into flames, however he is presented with more questions than answers. He is also dealing with with issues in his personal life as his wedding day approaches.
Puzzled by the case he consults his old friend, Helen, and she finds a disturbing element of the case. Combined can they solve the puzzle?
An excellent read that is extremely well written, with interesting characters and engrossing story.
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