The Burning Air

Erin Kelly

The Burning Air

Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late. The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on - but when they leave her looking after Sophie's baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest ... 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
The Burning Air

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardcover
Pages 368
RRP
Date of Publication January 2013
ISBN 978-1444728316
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
 

Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late. The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on - but when they leave her looking after Sophie's baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest ...

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Reviews

The Daily Express

Clair Woodward

I did not know what was coming after the baby disappeared and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. Suffice to say that The Burning Air is a classic of the psychological thriller genre and puts Kelly firmly into the same league as Ruth Rendell writing under her Barbara Vine pseudonym; both women showing a great gift for characterisation and a mastery of understanding human nature’s twisted desires.

20/01/2013

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The Financial Times

Laura Wilson

Told by four narrators, The Burning Air, which is Kelly's most accomplished book to date, is a gripping tale of secrets, revenge and obsession, masterfully done.

23/01/2013

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

Gripping all the way.

12/01/2013

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