A Strange Fire by L.H. Cosway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
VERY intriguing premise! I’ve really enjoyed this book-multi-faceted and multi-layered, it isn’t the common “girl with an unusual talent plus boy with an odd talent or odd problem.” Seems like almost everybody in this story has something going on, out of the ordinary (way out) and not only is there Supernatural, there’s also romance, subtle sensuality, and DANGER. In fact, it’s some of those who have the psychic talents who are most endangered, and possibly least able to protect themselves, only to know with fatalism of their impending doom.
Not just Supernatural thrills and terror limn this book, but also deep and perceptive psychological insight, especially into the lasting nature of childhood abuse and the grooves it carves into one’s soul, and bullying (whether in a school situation or elsewhere). The “villains” are truly evil and terrifying, like Juggernauts in the French Revolution, rolling toward their assigned conclusion, yet masked as perfectly normal individuals-except to those like our protagonist Flo, who can see through the illusion. I’d give “A Strange Fire” about 18 stars.
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