The House Fire

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Pub Date 6 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 6 Jan 2022

Description

Play with fire and you’ll get burned . . .

Who can you trust in this brand new edge-of-your-seat thriller?

A tired old seaside town hiding a series of unsolved arson attacks.

A derelict mansion in the woods with a long-buried secret.

A bundle of old love letters that mask a dark story. 

When Jamie's documentary investigation gets too close to uncovering the truth behind a series of deadly arson attacks that tormented Abbeywick in the 1980s, her family might be the ones who pay the price. 

But for her younger sister Cleo, the secrets Jamie uncovers have the potential to get exactly what Cleo wants: to remove her mum's toxic new husband from their lives, forever. 

All it takes is one spark to send everything up in smoke . . .

Praise for Rosie Walker

‘An author will huge potential’ Stepehn Edger, author of the Detective Kate Matthews series

‘Chilling and atmospheric’ Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson series

‘Fast-paced! Addictive’ Reader review

‘Could not put [this] down’ Reader review

Play with fire and you’ll get burned . . .

Who can you trust in this brand new edge-of-your-seat thriller?

A tired old seaside town hiding a series of unsolved arson attacks.

A derelict mansion in the...


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"Play with fire and you are going to get burned ....... " I can not lie, I am a sucker for a cool cover and this one roped me right in. This is my first novel by Rosie Walker, but she does have another book out called "Secrets of a Serial Killer" that I bought the second I finished this one@ They say don't judge a book by its cover but I can promise you, the cool cover is just the start of this incredible book! Filled with twists and turns you will never see coming, I cant even begin to prepare you for this mind-bending thriller! Due out January 6, 2022, this needs to be on everyone's pre-order list! This is a book I will not be able to stop talking about. FIVE STARS!

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Everyone knows if you play with fire you'll get burned - but who is playing with fire here? Cleo doesn't like her new step dad and suspects him of being emotionally abusive to her mother. Her sister, Jamie is trying to play peace maker and keep everyone happy. Cleo feels like no-one really listens to her and when she discovers an old mansion in the woods she sets out to discover the story it hides. Meanwhile, her sister Jamie is conducting her own investigation into historical arson attacks in the area. In doing so, she begins to see her boyfriend in a new light. Cleo is a character that at times I liked and other times I disliked. I couldn't quite decide whether she was a bratty kid or whether she was genuinely misunderstood. The ending helped settle that for me. Despite not always liking Cleo, this was a book I was compelled to keep reading, to find out what the truth was. Jamie is very different from her sister but as we watch her relationship with her boyfriend unravel as the investigation picks up speed, I did wonder how alike her mum she was particularly when it came to relationship choices. New stepdad Ant was another character I switched sides on more than once throughout the book. Is he emotionally abusive? Or is he having to put up with a bratty step-daughter and is actually misunderstood? For the most part I disliked him but I still wanted to know the truth. There were a number of points in the book that I felt I had figured out the truth. In fact, the author has weaved such a clever and intricate tale that all my guesses were wrong! Was I disappointed in that? Absolutely not. The ending tied up most of the loose ends and didn't feel contrived at all. A fantastic, compelling read.

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One More Chapter, You have no idea how much I have been looking forward to another Rosie Walker story! Ever since Secrets Of A Serial Killer which I couldn't get enough of. So thank you for this new eARC! The House Fire by Rosie Walker Jamie does documentary investigation work and she is getting pretty close to discovering the truth behind a couple deadly arson attacks the wrecked Abbeywick in the 80s. Her younger sister Cleo could get her wish as Jamie digs deeper this could remove her mum's destructive new husband from their lives for good. Could this be the fire that sends everything up in smoke? Mini Review: Fast-paced! Riveting! Exciting! Addictive! Not only is this a very well-written book with wonderfully-interesting characters, but the suspense builds at just the right pace as the story unfolds. It was an artful melding of twisted psychological thrills and nail-biting suspense that kept me guessing the whole way! House Fire is cleverly plotted and very well written. This is an intricate character-driven story full of surprises. I was hooked by the mystery and revelations, and really felt I got to know all the characters. it's a well rounded and captivating story. These characters Jamie and Cleo are very intriguing and I couldn't help but to be drawn to them both. Simply put, I enjoyed this way too much! Everything about it was phenomenal! And I really like Walkers style!

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I picked up this novel with the idea that I'd just dip into it on my lunch break. But what an opening! That first chapter sucker punched me and drew me in. I was helpless., gripped I read the whole thing practically in one sitting. The author deals with the subject of toxic relationships really well, and this is something that had me hooked, elevating this novel to something more than just a run-of-the-mill thriller. The tension between Cleo and her new stepdad Ant is palpable and Ant is suitably sleazy without being a black-and-white bad guy. Then there's the background of arson attacks being investigated by the main character, Jamie, in a documentary. This part had me guessing the whole time and I did not see the twist coming! Overall a fantastic domestic thriller and one that will stay with me for a long time. The ending genuinely gave me chills. I can't wait for Rosie Walker's next book!

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#TheHouseFire #NetGalley A must read novel. When Jamie's documentary investigation gets too close to uncovering the truth behind a series of deadly arson attacks that tormented Abbeywick in the 1980s, her family might be the ones who pay the price. But for her younger sister Cleo, the secrets Jamie uncovers have the potential to get exactly what Cleo wants: to remove her mum's toxic new husband from their lives, forever. All it takes is one spark to send everything up in smoke. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK One More Chapter for giving me an advance copy.

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I was gifted a copy of this book by One More Chapter. This book was hands down amazing, I read it in one sitting. It never let me down, I thought I had it figured out, but wow was I wrong.

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Jamie and Cleo's mum is remarrying. Cleo has a deep loathing for her new stepfather who she doesn't trust. It becomes obvious very early on there is domestic abuse (more mental ). Jamie and her friend discover a derelict mansion in the wood. It holds secrets and a dark story. Meanwhile, Jamie is making a documentary into a series of arson attacks that happened in Abbeywick in the 80's. However, it would seem that the arsonist has started up again. As Jamie delves deeper, Cleo wonders if she has found the link that will remove her evil stepfather from all of their lives. I read this book so quickly. I really enjoyed the concept and loved the different twists the author added to the story. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to see an ARC .

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