This is a sequel to Mortal Fire (see my review here). If you have not read that book, you will be utterly lost in this one. This is not a stand alone novel.
this novel, Emma has returned to heal from the vicious attack. She is
troubled and her parents think she needs psychiatric help. Emma is
determined to try and understand who Matthew is and where he has come
from. She pursues her idea until she finally arrives at a run down
cottage where an old woman has some clues for her. Emma also has the
journal her grandfather so desired and that gives her clues as well.
What she finds out is nearly beyond her own understanding.
was disappointed in this novel. It does not seem to move the story
along very much. Granted, we find out the most unusual characteristic
about Matthew, but its significance is left for the next novel, I
guess. Having read the first novel in the series, this one is not
nearly as good as it is.
is not the most attractive of heroines. She is just not smart or wise
in her decisions and actions. And Matthew, well, I don't feel like
anything really positive about Matthew came out in this novel. He has
consistently lied to Emma. And with his unusual characteristics, he
could really be a force for good, yet he does not appear to be one. Like Emma, he has his own demons to battle. So I am disappointed in him too.
the positive side, this is classic British fiction. There are pages
of characters thinking. There are great locations that are well
described. And you do learn some history too.
Christianity of the characters is there but it is more of a cultural
aspect rather than a “born again” experience we think about in
the US. Emma has had a commitment of her faith but that doesn't seem
to stop her, at times, from being willing to go too far in her
relationship with Matthew. He is the strong one there. There is some
language, so just be aware of that.
you like British fiction, want a little mystery, some (almost) steamy
romance, and a hint of the paranormal (or something else odd going
on), than this novel may be for you. But be sure you read the first
in the series or you will undoubtedly be lost and unable to
appreciate the story in this one.
F. Dunn runs a specialist dyslexia and autism school in South-East
Fiction, distributed in the U. S. by Kregel Books, 384 pages.
received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel for the
purpose of this review.