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Consuming Fire

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published February 6th 2019 by Crooked Cat Books
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Kirsty ❤️
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book from Catherine Fearns (Reprobation review can be found HERE) and I enjoyed this just as much as the first. I ended up reading both books in 3 days. Although it can be read as a stand alone book the events here take place 6 months after the first book and Darren Swift is now investigating what appear to be cases of spontaneous combustion and links to people trafficking. Former nun, Helen Hope is now lecturing at the university and researching demonology. Someone how the tw ...more
K.S. Marsden
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
When impossible deaths happen in Liverpool, it is up to DI Darren, and ex-nun Helen to uncover who or what is responsible.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book following Darren and Helen, but it works well as a stand-alone, in the sense that you can come in without previous knowledge (like me).

Darren is a Detective Inspector in his home town of Liverpool, he's engaged to a fireman, with their wedding looming; which puts increasing pressure on Darren to r
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the sequel of a book called Reprobation that I had the pleasure of reading, so I was quite excited to go back to this world and follow Dr. Helen as she gets involved in another crime/mystery. Consuming Fire was just as good as Reprobation. Another unique, mind blowing and amazing book.

From the very first page I was puzzled by the case that Detective Inspector Darren Swift brings to Dr. Helen. And what an intriguing case it is, we have a lot more questions than answers because Catherine F
Caroline Venables
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and although it follows on from Reprobation it can easily be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first book and I followed it without a problem.

Darren Swift is given the case when a woman suddenly bursts into flames, however he is presented with more questions than answers. He is also dealing with with issues in his personal life as his wedding day approaches.

Puzzled by the case he consults his old friend, Helen, and she finds a disturbing element of the case. Comb
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another cracking instalment in the series that began with reprobation, this one feels more like the story will culminate in the next book whereas book 1 felt more of a complete story. That said all our favourite characters are here again with the same mixture of esoteric and mundane crime that makes for a unique read. Catherine fearns is an author to watch.
Lel Budge
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 relate
Jessica Belmont
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing of Consuming Fire is absolutely breathtaking. It’s beautiful and poetic, and makes this novel strange and unique. I’m honestly in awe.

I was immediately drawn into the story and I was taken on a journey that is gripping and addictive. The characters make this novel even better as they are so authentic and relatable.

I did not read the first novel, Reprobation, but I felt Consuming Fire could be read as a standalone. However, because I am just so impressed with Catherine Fearns’ writing
John Plus
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a superb book. Read it.
Reprobation was notable for the quality of Catherine Fearns’ writing as well as the complex and original narrative. Her second novel is even better in both respects. Though this is a standalone story, it continues to follow the nascent career of Detective Darren Swift and his unusual partner Sister Helen Hope. Whilst the first book in the series developed Helen’s backstory, with themes of primordial sin and guilt intertwined with her own tragic past, Consuming Fire
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Another knockout novel by Catherine Fearns! In this one, we continue with this thread of the unknown and supernatural that was introduced so wonderfully in book one and Fearns expands on it while keeping true to this also being a mystery as well. There's once more a lot of theological ideas and they're all put in a way for the readers to understand but it's clear that Fearns has done her research.

This time the focus was more on Darren and even his partner Matt rather than Dr. Helen Hope. I do a
David Meldrum
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book by this author and I was so impressed with the beautiful prose and the strangeness of the story, so I was curious to see if the second book could match up. I was enchanted with Consuming Fire . The opening of the book draws you in like a magnet and is reminiscent of an Edgar Allan Poe gothic horror novel, with an academic theologian in Geneva in the 19th century uncovering an ancient book the reading of which could open a Pandora’s box of horror. Then the book jumps to the ...more
Dave Holwill
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sad that Mikko and Total Depravity didn't make an appearance in this excellent sequel to Reprobation. Another macabre tale of the occult weaving its way into the every day world told masterfully.
John Thys
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Questions to be answered

This is the second book of three .as usual I won't even try to give you the storyline if you want that it's excellently written on Amazon . As with the first book I found it a bit hard to get into the story but after a few pages it all become clear , and I began to really enjoy the read and not wanting to put the book down there are a lot of ups and downs in the story and one particular sad moment which I wasn't expecting . It ended with a lot questions to be answered so
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic novel from Catherine Fearns.

Full review on my blog 17th February 2019
When the opening scene includes spontaneous human combustion, you know you’re in for a wild ride.
And that’s exactly what Consuming Fire is.
As law enforcement and first responders (shadowed by bureaucrats) investigate first the burning of animals… and then humans, DI Darren Swift can’t ignore his gut feeling there’s something else in play and contacts former Calvinist nun, Helen Hope.
Scarred by his cultish, religious upbringing, Darren is still surprised at the peace and comfort he finds in Helen
James Parry-Smith
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If there was ever any doubt that Catherine could maintain the quality of writing and storytelling seen on debut novel Reprobation, it is immediately quelled upon beginning book two of the series. Consuming Fire has more of everything – an engaging storyline, strong characterisation, crime fiction doused in occult mystery – and builds upon the story that began in book one with a detective team and a (now ex-) nun whose curiosity and thirst for knowledge make her an unlikely partner for DI Darren ...more
If you read my review on the first book of this series, you'll know that I had to start this book immediately after finishing Reprobation. It was a little harder to get into this one because of the alternated chapters, but once I got into a rhythm, I couldn't put it down.

I was expecting to see more of Mikko in this one, but I did appreciate the focus on Helen's recovery from the events of the first book. I loved that we got more insight into Darren's personal life and developing friendship with
Felicity Terry
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Despite the fact that in my opinion two of the books were stronger, the best trilogy I've read for some time.

Each featuring a different crime, its fair to say each of the three books could be read as a standalone novel (at a push) but, their plots loosely intertwining, you really don't want to miss a moment of the journey these amazing characters find themselves on; books that really should be read from the beginning.

The second and, in my opinion, the less strong of the three books, Consumi
Kath Middleton
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four, nudging toward five stars.
The apparent spontaneous combustion of an immigrant cleaner leads DI Darren Swift and his consultant Dr Helen Hope on the train of demons. Each chapter set in present day Liverpool is prefaced by a section from an ancient manuscript, allegedly the writing of Adramelech, who believes himself greater than God and Satan. He is a fire demon and the pair have to consider that he is being summoned. There’s gangland rivalry involved, possible people trafficking, and a fo
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Consuming Fire is the second in Fearns' series, following Reprobation. This book features more Darren and less Hellen than the first. I missed the more prevalent heavy metal elements featured in Reprobation and didn't find a whole lot new here. I also didn't find it as philosophically intriguingly as the first in the series.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another good read

This second book I've read by Catherine Fearns is as well written and riveting as the first I had read. Fantastic character development .
Harry Delong
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A. Continuation of book one. What a contrast of character. Plot is a mix of reality and mysticism. Interesting reading but can be a bit long in places.
Kathy Floyd
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark and disturbing.

The storytelling is impeccable, hypnotizing, and the suspense is unrelenting. The atmosphere haunting and tinged with the insane. I loved it!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5- This is the second in a trilogy and follows on from where the first left off. We still have the likeable characters of Dr Helen Hope and Detective Darren Swift. This time we have a number of fire related issues, firstly a woman appears to spontaneously combust, followed by a van exploding and some other eerie incidents. This follows on well from the previous book and we find out a lot more about the backgrounds of the characters and also start to see how the story is linking together throug ...more
Eric Suchyta
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consuming Fire has much the same feel as its Reprobation series opener, but book two is also appreciably different in material -- less eschatological, but still plenty of duality and religion inversion abounding. Darren's struggles are brought to the forefront, offering a male-secular mindset to counterbalance Helen's female religious one, one which echoes Hellen's sentiments of overwhelming self doubt and skepticism. I'm very excited to see where Sound will take the series next. (PS: you'll be ...more
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