Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns


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….


This has got to be one of the strangest books that I have ever read but it gripped my attention and had me hooked right from the start
It’s a detective story where the reader in part knows what is going on which the police don’t but at the same time there are the criminal elements of Liverpool’s underground that you learn whilst going along
There is a strong supernatural element that runs through this book based on demons and evil but which is balanced out by the corresponding good which is something that I didn’t know much about. It was interesting to see various different religions come together although this book is by no means religious 
I found the main character Darren hard to work with and at times struggled with him, he is very secretive and won’t tell his thoughts to anyone including his fiancée which really annoyed me but at the same time he is the kind of detective that keeps digging even when he’s told to leave something alone which makes him a stronger character
I will admit that I didn’t guess who the murdered was and the ending was a total shock to me with a cliff hanger that made me what to purchase the next book in the series just to find out if there is a proper conclusion! 
I would recommend this book to those who like a crime drama with an element of the supernatural which will keep you on your toes
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 


Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

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Twitter: @metalmamawrites


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