HarperCollins will bring out The Fire Child, the second book from S K Tremayne, whose debut The Ice Twins (2015) was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, this summer.
The publisher holds UK & commonwealth rights excluding Canada to the book.
Tremayne’s second novel The Fire Child will be published in June, and tells the story of Rachel who, after a whirlwind romance, moves to the beautiful Carnhallow House in a remote part of Cornwall with dark, handsome, recently-widowed David and his young son Jamie. But when Jamie’s behaviour changes, Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s chilling prediction – that his new stepmother will be dead by Christmas.
S K Tremayne said: "At the very end of Cornwall is a spectacular region of ruined clifftop mines, where ancient tunnels run for miles under the sea. As a Cornish child, this place frightened me. But for a thriller writer, it makes a perfectly terrifying location. I hope I’ve done it justice."
Publishing director Jane Johnson said: "With its haunting evocation of West Cornwall, with its dead mines and bleak moorlands, and its sly echoes of DuMaurier’s Rebecca, The Fire Child is a brilliantly atmospheric thriller that you simply can’t put down. I do advise people to read it with the lights on."
The Fire Child will be published on 16th June. Translation rights are controlled by Furniss Lawton, US and film/TV rights are controlled by WME.