Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns - Blog Tour with Giveaway

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….

Author Bio –
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.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: @metalmamawrites
My Review
After reading and enjoying Reprobation I couldn't wait to start the next part in this series, Consuming Fire. What I love about these books are the unusual cases, in this one there is a woman who seems to be a victim of spontaneous combustion. 
In the first book it was mainly Mikko who helped Helen investigate, however in Consuming Fire she has teamed up with Darren. I was slightly disappointed that Mikko didn't make an appearance in this book, however the relationship between Helen and Darren more than made up for that. 
Helen is adjusting to life outside the convent. She is embracing her new life and finding she is enjoying it. So when she is called upon by Darren to help, she is more than willing to help him with his investigation. Darren has some personal issues of his own and is trying to work through them. He is engaged to Matt, but he seems to be questioning his relationship.
Catherine's descriptions of Liverpool are something I enjoy. She has a way of describing people and places that is a delight to read. Throughout the book there are writings from an ancient book, I found these parts so interesting and I couldn't wait to find out what they meant.
Although Consuming Fire is the second part of the series, it can be read as a standalone. I'm really enjoying this series so far, and look forward to see what Catherine has to offer next.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources for arranging a digital copy of this book for me to read and review. There is a giveaway below to win a copy of the book as well as some goodies. 
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