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Consuming Fire by Catherine Fearns – Book Review. #giveaway #blogtour #bookreview


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….



This is the sequel to Reprobation, but can be read as a standalone though. 

The wonderfully gothic introduction chapters are reminiscent of HP Lovecraft or Poe and set the tone for what’s to come…..

Lord Adramelech is a fire demon and the instructions to summon him are in an old book, bound with human skin. There are only two known copies and one is missing.

Set in the present day Liverpool, this starts with the awful death of a woman, by fire,  moments after taking a phone call. Further fire related deaths occur all under strange circumstances.

DI Darren Swift is investigating and feels there are links between local criminals, an international footballer and that something supernatural may be involved. He contacts Dr Helen Hope, an ex-nun for her help and together they travel to Switzerland to try to find out more…..what is the significance of Les Paons ? Or the missing occult book?

His obsession leads to arguments with his fiancé Matt, who is a fire fighter, but Darren cannot leave it alone. 

This is so easy to read, even the ‘ancient’ text chapters just flow, a testament to Catherine Fearns’ clever writing. It will definitely give you goosebumps and if your phone happens to ring while you’re reading………!!

This is an absolutely riveting, creepy read with love, tragedy and some really dark disturbing moments….Blistering !,!…..I loved it.


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About the Author


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

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